- Mood: Cute, Relaxed
- Themes: Love, Letters of the Alphabet
- Tempo: Relaxed, Slow
- Genre/Style: 1940s Popular song
There are many different kinds of love songs that have been written over the years. Some tell of heartbreak, while others tell of unending love. This particular song is a lighthearted ditty that is cute and communicates the light and fluffy feelings of love.
The melody was written by Sid Lippman, with lyrics by Buddy Kaye and Fred Wise. This is a love song that focuses on those whose relationships began to form in their younger years and could perhaps be called “high school sweethearts.” It takes on an acrostic style lyric pattern using the alphabet to describe how much the subject of the song means to the singer. This popular song has been sung by many artists known as crooners, including Perry Como, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and even the pop music singer Brian Hyland.
Here are some of the lyrics:
“A” you’re adorable
“B” you’re so beautiful
“C” you’re so cute and full of charm.
“D” you’re a darling and “E” you’re exciting
… you can imagine where it goes from there!
This is a great song to use in a group and would go well with a collection of songs about love, or letters of the alphabet. Use this song as a transition into reminiscence on Valentine’s day, an opportunity for musical engagement, movement and more.
Encourage the group to reminisce by sharing their favorite memory with someone they love.
Create your own version of the song. Take the alphabet template and write your own lyrics to this song. You could list descriptors of something the group loves, or name different things the group enjoys.
Discuss: Talk about love songs through the years, identifying their similarities and their differences.
Add instruments: Try shaking the instruments in time with the rhythm of the words of the song.
Movement: Try gentle swaying and expressive arm movements along with the song.