The Story is a favourite tale from Scotland, as told by Duncan Williamson, a Scottish traveller and storyteller.
The percussive nature of the sound effects are a perfect way to get people engaged in drumming, and also to remind people about the negative impacts of showing off!
The song is I am awake!!
This is a song to sing loud and help you open up your windpipes.
The words are my own, but the tune comes from a song that drum master and social activist Babatunde Olatunji reputedly sang often in the shower while living in New York... I changed the lyrics to:
“I am awake, I am alive, and I am ready, ready for the day.
Me and my body, me and my body, me and my body are well!! (repeat 8 times with optional moving shaking rubbing, body percussing your body.)
I am awake, I am alive, and I am grateful, oh so grateful for the day.
May you feel full of vitality after singing it!