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Waking Up Is Hard to Do (Book & CD) Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Sedaka began studying music at the age of nine, and later catapulted to stardom with hits such as "Oh Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and especially "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." His songs "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain" both reached #1 on the music charts.
He has written over a thousand songs, received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together," has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his fifty plus year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records. But he does not rest on these laurels: he continues to write, record, and perform worldwide. Sedaka has been married for over forty-five years to his wife, Leba, and they have two children and three grandchildren.
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The CD inserted in the back has a Sedaka recording of the title song, plus two other performances, recorded exclusively for this book. The first - "Lightnin' Jim" tells the story of a boy's imaginary fastest horse. (This song could be an illustrated book all by itself.). The second "Sing ", is another Sedaka original and is not to be confused with the hit by the Carpenters. Both of these - in a much slower tempo than "Waking up...." - will be a nice surprise for the parents who buy this book/CD for their young children.
I do wish that the publishers had included the lyrics to the 2 new Sedaka songs - somewhere in the back of the book - so that parents (as well as their children) could follow along.
This book one that children are sure to enjoy and maybe introduce them to Sedaka's five decades or more of recordings.
For me, this song conjured up some of those good childhood memories, but also some not-so-childhood times spent daydreaming and make-believing and learning about friends and love ... and sometimes just being a little bit silly. A time when we were indestructible, everything was possible, and consequences were relatively mild.
There are a few other such inspirations -- the movie "Fandango", for example, and the Annie Little song "Fly me Away" which became well-exposed in the introductory Kindle commercials. "Lightnin' Jim" is right there -- a favorite among favorites.
Update: They have memorized this music and love singing it - their grandmother says they give impromptu 'concerts' even when away from the house/book. Awesome book!
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My kids love the songs. Simple lyrics and easy to understand. Lastly, it is educational...Published 2 months ago by Goh Eng Leong
Great fun! Sung by Neil Sedaka. Played it so much in our classroom that I don't really remember they original lyrics. HahaPublished 2 months ago by Judy Tringali
A young alligator's morning time is explained in this parody from Tooth Tunes.Published 6 months ago by Chloe Gioia
It was awesome music wise, but I had hope it be more of a storytelling type cdPublished 10 months ago by Linda