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Sounds of a Better World

Sounds of a Better World = small voices calling is a series of songs focusing on children. It examines their world and how small steps can be made to improve it.

When this journey began for me almost five years ago, I was very disturbed to learn of various incidents around the world where children were subjected to adverse conditions. I began to wonder how they could possibly develop into caring, responsible adults, with such hardship defining their childhood.

As I read more and explored our attitudes as a society toward children, I began to feel that we (as Dr. Martin Luther King said) "must ask ourselves how responsible we are for the well-being of others". Do we have the courage to feel responsible? What ideals do we strive for? How can we find innovative ways in which the personal and social problems of childhood can be overcome? Can music be utilized as a potential bridge to reach out and address these issues?

What I have come to understand is that we must send the best part of ourselves into the future through our children. If we want society to evolve, we need to understand the importance of childhood, and how vital our role should be in doing whatever we can to nuture every child. We should all be aware of our powerful influence on their minds. Through this incredible journey that Sounds of a Better World has taken me on, I hope to have somehow addressed these issues and to have embraced the joy that children can bring into this world. - Jim Papoulis

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Be With Me : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48023648 : 888680091255

Jim Papoulis : Be With Me

Be With Me embraces the years of a child's life before becoming an adult. Focusing on the early years of learning and growing in a child's life, the nature of this piece, and its performance, is simple, pure, and genuine.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | |
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I Ask for One Day : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48023525 : 888680071042

Jim Papoulis : I Ask for One Day

I ask for one day where I don't have to hear about pain, or life that's lost, I ask for one day where whispers of hope are alive inside my heart. These words, written by 12 year old Claire Latimer, 7th grader, moved the composer to create this inspiring work.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
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Kusimama (Stand Tall) : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48021188 : 884088624477

Jim Papoulis : Kusimama (Stand Tall)

Kusimama is written in the world music style that is accessible for all choirs. The text which is in both Swahili and English, is about standing tall on the earth, not with anger or aggression, but with hope, strength, acceptance, and a positive spirit. The voices along with hand claps, stomps, Djembe, shaker and piano all combine for an exciting world music presentation. Duration: ca. 3:00. Performed by Young People's Chorus of NYC Prelude division, Sophia Miller, conductor.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
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Kuwa Furaha : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48022980 : 884088948801

Jim Papoulis : Kuwa Furaha

Kuwa Furaha is a song about joy. More specifically, it is about the simple and beautiful way that children have of showing and expressing their joy. Jim Papoulis is well-known for his world music style of writing and this rhythmic and energetic song, using a Swahili text, will be quickly learned and one that your singers ask for every rehearsal. Duration ca. 3 minutes.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
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Living What I Believe : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48024332 : 888680739812

Jim Papoulis : Living What I Believe

Written with the Mississippi Boychoir, here is a song with energy and driving rhythms. The phrase living what I believe is repeated over and over, almost like a mantra and represents the struggle that young people have as they discover what is important in their lives. The syncopated verse feels like a spoken phrase with pitches. A hip and relevant song your young singers will love.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | |
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Small Voices : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48005165 : 073999746853

Jim Papoulis : Small Voices

This charming and accessible work has a message of hope in the future, and that children, like flowers, need encouragement to grow and to feel good from the inside out. With piano, flute and hand drum.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.75 | |
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Tic Tac : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48023008 : 884088955137

Jim Papoulis : Tic Tac

Using half-empty Tic Tacae boxes as percussion instruments (or any other small, household item) Jim Papoulis reminds us that all we have to do is listen and open our hearts to get along. The rhythm of the music and the shakers is infectious and will have everyone tapping along.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | |
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We Can Plant a Forest : 2-Part : Mike Greenly : Mike Greenly : Sheet Music : 48021020 : 884088560188

Mike Greenly : We Can Plant a Forest

The inspiration of this song grew from the need to continually plant new trees for our future, and to appreciate the parallel between a healthy forest and a healthy society. The text reminds us that entire forests as well as communities are actually formed by individual components...all of which need to be nurtured. May be used for Earth Day, Arbor Day, cross-curricular or family/parent themed concerts. Duration: 3:20.

Composer: Mike Greenly

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
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We Will : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48019342 : 884088113629

Jim Papoulis : We Will

We Will is the result of a songwriting workshop that took place after 9/11 with choristers who wanted to meet the growing world of violence and despair with music. The outpouring of emotion and passion is evident in this inspiring piece. Part for Shaker included. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00

Arranger: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
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When I Close My Eyes : 2-Part : Jim Papoulis : Jim Papoulis : Sheet Music : 48005127 : 073999051278

Jim Papoulis : When I Close My Eyes

When I close my eyes then I can see that I am not afraid. This song of confidence and hope for young voices resonates with positive lyrics, a strong melody and an expressive accompaniment for piano and cello.

Composer: Jim Papoulis

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.15 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
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