composed 1971 / © 2013

the positive power of a smile



Song Details


Two-Part Partner Song

Musical Form

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Parts 1 and 2 together

Song Details

In 3/4 time, reminiscent of a carousel waltz, two simple songs unfold. Part 1 provides the melodic contour; Part 2, the steady linear thread in dotted half notes. Both parts assure us that a smile given brings one in return!

Performance options

place the two sections of the chorus on opposite sides of the performing space for a stereophonic effect

Suggested uses

  • beginning chorus
  • intermediate elementary chorus
  • elementary music classroom