PS22 Graduating Class "TWINKLE" Tori Amos (2001)





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Published on Sep 9, 2006


In June 2001, my first year teaching music at PS22 in Staten Island, New York, I taught the fifth grade class Tori Amos' Twinkle to sing for their graduation.

This is not a selected chorus -- these are 200+ New York City public school children just singing their guts out. (Literally! It's a huge auditorium just in case you're wondering why they're singing so loud. At graduation we have to sacrifice dynamics for volume.)

A few of the students helped rewrite some lyrics (needed to be done -- NOT having 10 year olds singing about killing a man, not even for T! I'm thinking she would forgive...) and/but I think it works for what it was and for what it was meant to be.

Again, I hope everyone can overlook and understand the lyric changes. Forgive, diehards. I hate changing lyrics, but rest assured it was done with loving respect for the source material! Tori, you are the goddess! And anytime you feel like coming down to visit and sing with us.... ;)

Thanks to everyone on Afterglow & Turbidblue(particularly Rasp, Lisa, Turbid & Olga) and on other Tori forums for your awesome support of the kids!

PS22 is not a middle, intermediate, or high school group. We're your (extra)ordinary elementary school in New York City. Visit our above website for more!

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