September 22, 2008

4th Grade Choir

One of the many claims to fame of the great SHS Class of 88 is that we were the first class to participate in the 4th grade choir. Below are two pics of the group that many of you inaugurated.

I wasn't in it. I loved to sing. I wanted to be in it. Really bad. But I was ashamed to admit it. Really. I wanted to join but was afraid I'd be the only boy in the whole choir. "Choir Boy" isn't a name a boy wants to inherit when he's 10 years old, trust me. So, because of the overwhelming fear of man in me, I missed out on an historic event - the very first Sheridan Elementary Choir. After I had learned who all was in the choir, I was sorely dissappointed in myself. I still lie awake at night... wondering what my life would be like today if I'd only stepped up.

I'll never know.

Back Row (L to R) Kaye Harris, Wendy Landers, Andrea Winston, Sonia Stoffer, Sandra Main, Jeff King, Steven Coleman, Brett Cato, Robin Williams
Standing (L to R) Ricky Beshears, Kristi Webb, Melissa Benfield, Michael Hix, Kip Wharton, Wayne Smith, Jackie McElroy, Frankie Walker, Jerri Suttle
Kneeling (L to R) David Harp, Lorna Ashmead, Jason York, Deanna Fowler, Tonya Rylie, Leslie Cody, Sara Luft, Kelly Hall, Robin Walters, Vandra Williams
Seated (L to R) Steven Benning, Cindy Cobb, Julie Dobbins, Andy Mayberry, Donald Tubbs, Jason Moore

Mrs. Liz Shannon (Leigh Shannon's mom) was the music teacher and this might've even been her first year at the school - not sure. Do you remember which room we had music in once Mrs. Shannon arrived? It was the last room on the fourth grade row, down on the east end of the building.

At least two songs are still stuck in my mind... this first one is a Halloween song called, "Skin and Bones". You can hear a similar melody on amazon and a discussion of this song & variations thereof here.

There was an old woman all skin and bones. Oo-oo-oo-ooh.
She lived down by the old grave yard. Oo-oo-oo-ooh.
One night she decided to take a walk. Oo-oo-oo-ooh.
She saw old bones all layin’ around. Oo-oo-oo-ooh.
She went to the closet to get her broom. Oo-oo-oo-ooh.
She opened the door, and BOO! (You yell out boo!)

The other song I remember didn't turn up on google anywhere, it went like this:

Can you guess what I am?
Guess what I am
By what I am wearing?

Seems the verses then would describe different job uniforms - policeman, nurse, etc. Anyone remember this one?

I vaguely remember this last song... but the skin & bones tune would always scare the kerjeebers out of me.


  1. I thought I recognized that teacher in the picture! You are correct about that being her first year at SES. I didn't recognize the room you guys were in, maybe because I was already hangin' at the mizz-iddle school by then!

  2. I was hoping you'd find your way to this post Leigh!
    Could you give the thousands of SHS Class of 88 Blog readers a quick update on how & what your mom has been doing over the past 20 years?