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1. Silence

Silence 

Music: Vivian Fang Liu

Lyrics: Vivian Fang Liu & Jon Samson

 

 

Verse

Learning the music of Strauss 

Legato Staccato Tenuto 

There is sol, there is do, there is sol, fa, mi, re

Hands up, shh… you are under a rest

 

Pre-chorus

What’s a rest? Emotion moves even in silence.

What’s a rest? a subtle type of presence 

Silence provides relief and builds suspense

Without rests, music loses balance 

 

Chorus

Music notes and silence

Different ways of expression

Just like our conversations

Words don’t convey all emotions

 

Verse

When you are tired, take a rest

Sometimes silence speaks the best

4 minutes and 33 seconds (John Cage) suggest

We need to show the silence respect

 

Pre-chorus

 

Why so quiet?

People might ask you

Why so quiet?

It’s called stillness, please try it

 

We should all have a choice 

to speak up or not

and always respect 

what’s speaks to our heart

 

Chorus 

Music notes and silence

Each with its own elegance

Speak, if that’s your preference

Or be silent with confidence 

 

lalalala

lalalala

lalalala

2. Belong

Belong

Music by Vivian Fang Liu

Lyrics by Dan McCabe and Vivian Fang Liu

 

Verse 1

(Ava)

For all the little kids that think they don’t belong

Cause your family’s from Japan, Korea or Vietnam

or anywhere in Asia 

China or Malaysia   

Singapore and the Philippines might amaze ya

the beaches are beautiful 

the cuisine delicious 

Dumplings, Ramen,  Pho

just to  name a few dishes 

The inventions are endless, from silk to the kite

Iron, acupuncture, even paper, that’s right 

 

(Justin)

And if you wanna see a sight 

Go to the Great Wall

You’ll really be enthralled 

Staring at the taj mahal 

in Nepal there’s the biggest mountain 

sound of a zen fountain

got me relaxing on my couch and

counting-

All of my blessings,I love my heritage

travel through the continent 

as gorgeous as i said it is

 

(All)

So every Asian kid just stand up now

Don’t hide who you are, be yourself and be proud 

 

Chorus:

(Vivian)

You see, but you don’t see

Dig deeper, you will see 最好的自己(the best of you)

 

Verse 2

(Caitlyn)

Now America is known as a powerful nation 

Yet many are forced to face discrimination 

People are afraid and they look to place blame 

Usually on somebody that doesn’t look the same 

But that’s their issue it ain’t on you to change

they’re just insecure which turns into rage

go back to your country is what they might say

not realizing all the contributions that we’ve made

 

(Ava)

Like I.M. Pei - a Chinese architect 

who designed so many buildings that are perfect

-google him and you’ll see his mastery

 

(Justin)

Or Vera Wang the queen of the fashion industry

from Wong Kar-Wai to Bong Joon Ho

Chloe Zhao and many others making films incredible 

 

(Caitlyn)

Plus, science - some of our inventions are the finest

Eric Yuan created zoom, kept us connected through the Virus 

 

(Justin)

Patrick soon shiung is a transplant surgeon

Who made a drug to help cancer patients through their hurtin

 

 (All)

So every Asian kid just stand up now

Don’t hide who you are, be yourself and be proud

 

Chorus:

(Vivian)

You see, but you don’t see

Dig deeper, you will see 最好的自己(the best of you)

3. Shape of Crowns

Shape of Crowns

Music & Lyrics: Vivian Fang Liu

 

 

 

Verse 

Who gets to eat the greenest leaves of trees

但喝个水来还要撇个脚嘞

 but has a hard time reaching downward for the water

 

Who likes to scratch, they are so adorable

喜欢自由自在,不一定听话嘞

 but don’t listen to you when they wander 

 

Who is the strongest on the land 

它跺起脚嘞,像打个雷唉

and they are loud as thunder 

 

Who likes to swing between the trees

古灵精怪像个小娃娃嘞

 mischievous operator 

 

Chorus

Triangle, rectangle and round

Large and small, they all count

All the shapes are paramount

Make your own kind of crown

 

Verse 

​(Vivian & George)

Giraffes are tall,

they always share the goodies

with their long necked dear friends

Cats, they say Meow Meow, 

and purr perfect peacefulness

like a therapist without needing to talk so much  

 

Elephants are big, 

they are the best 

natural gardener of the forest

 Monkeys are skinny and silly and easily

 Lift your heavy heart  

轻松嘞, 让你一哈心情就好嘞

 

 

Chorus  

Triangle, rectangle and round

Large and small, they all count

All the shapes are paramount

Make your own kind of crown

 

Bridge

I’m big, I’m small

size is not a limit 

Tailor your own spirit 


 

I’m tall, I’m short

the sky is not the limit

you can pay the moon a visit

 

Chorus 

Triangle, rectangle and round

Large and small, they all count

All the shapes are paramount

Make your own kind of crown

 

三角形,长方形和圆

大嘞和小嘞,各有特点

各种形状都是经典

做个皇冠自己加冕

 

Shape your own kind of crown

4. Bruce Lee Doesn't Like Math

Bruce Lee Doesn’t Like Math

Music & Lyrics: Vivian Fang Liu

 

 

Verse

You know it snows in Africa, it isn’t always hot

Sloths are not always lazy, Pigs don’t always eat a lot

Librarians can be fun and cool, not just smart

Boys are great leaders (and girls are not?!)

           

Girls can play trombone, and boys don’t have to play guitar

Kids don’t just play games and watch YouTube on our iPads

if I don’t wanna talk, it doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts

Bruce Lee doesn’t like math, he loves poetry, not just martial arts

 

Chorus

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You can be anything you wanna be 

Black yellow white pink or tangerine

Float like a butterfly, soar like a bee

 

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You can be anything you wanna be 

Compose your own melody

Kick high, free like there's no gravity

 

Verse

Girls can play trombone, and boys, you don’t have to play guitar

Kids don’t just play games and watch YouTube on our iPads

if I don’t wanna talk, it doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts

Bruce Lee doesn’t like math, he loves poetry , not just martial arts

 

Bridge

Bruce Lee never liked math

He loves poetry, not just martial arts,  not just martial arts

Bruce Lee never liked math

so be yourself without autocorrect 

 

Chorus

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You can be anything you wanna be 

Black yellow white pink or tangerine 

Float like a butterfly, soar like a bee

 

1234567

You can be anything you wanna be 

Compose your own melody

Kick high, free like there’s no gravity 

5. Fang Fang's Potluck Party

Fang Fang’s Potluck Party

Music & Lyrics: Vivian Fang Liu

 

Verse

Going to my best friend Fang Fang’s potluck party

Each guest will bring a dish from their family 

I’m thinking of bringing something spicy 

My favorite Chinese food Hotpot, Yummy! (好吃)

 

Justin’s burger that’s grandma’s secret recipe

Mozart‘s favorite , schnitzel from Sophie (好吃好吃)

South African Chakalaka from Lesedi

Australian Lamington Cake from Chloe, Hmm, Yummy! 

 

Chorus

I Love Fang Fang’s potluck party

All the dishes are so tasty

We laugh we dance we are happy

Life is a bowl of cherries

 

I love Fang Fang’s potluck party

The dinner is all about sharing

Listening to each other’s stories 

Food brings us together and makes good memories

 

Verse

 

A true friend is who shares the last cookie

We stick together like homemade spaghetti

Celebrate everyone’s culture as a family

It’s a fun Fang party where everybody’s included

 

Chorus

I Love Fang Fang’s potluck party

All the dishes are so tasty

We laugh we dance we are happy

Life is a bowl of cherries

 

I love Fang Fang’s potluck party

The dinner is all about sharing

Listening to each other’s stories 

Food brings us together and makes good memories

6. Happy Birthday Mama

Happy Birthday Mama

Music & Lyrics: Vivian Fang Liu

 

Chorus 

Happy birthday mama, how beautiful you are 

Happy birthday mama, you are my star

Verse 1

This old photograph caught my eye 

You know how much I love your smile

The polka dotted dress and the sunrise 

Your face poeticized 

 

When I hear the cutting board and smell the rice 

It wakes me up, feeling loved and in paradise 

You work so hard and sacrifice 

I love you mama, let me make you a lemonade with ice 

 

Chorus 

Happy birthday mama, how beautiful you are 

Happy birthday mama, you are my star

 

Verse 2

Left your family and started in a new country

The burden on your shoulders is heavy 

I’m having so much fun on the contrary 

I only see the glory, you hid all the worry 

 

There is a secret in my diary 

I wanna grow up in a hurry 

Bring you to sail on the Danube in Hungary 

I love you mama, Let me be your guardian fairy 

 

Chorus 

Happy birthday mama, how beautiful you are 

Happy birthday mama, you are my star

​7. Eight Immortals Soaring Over the Sea

Eight Immortals Soaring Over the Sea

Music & Lyrics by Vivian Fang Liu

 

Come on board, everyone, &^%$##^&*)*

 

Verse 1

(何仙姑) (Queenie) My magic lotus flower, anchor us a boat

(钟离权) (Rossini)  Fan my banana leaf to help it float

(韩湘子)(Genesis) The music of my bamboo flute lightens the load

(曹国舅)(Julia) It’s dark at night, but our hearts glow

 

Look, something is drowning

 

(蓝采和) (Kylie) Lower my basket to save the drowning mountain goat

(铁拐李) (Leia) .The elixir in my gourd helps travelers on the road 

(吕洞宾) (Catherine) Work in harmony, my sword of justice bestowed

(张果老) (Nell) Drums of victory sing the secret code:

 

Chorus 

Our special powers set us free

8 immortals soaring over the sea

Not afraid of tidal waves, when we paddle in harmony

Team together, our story is extraordinary 

 

Interlude:

看那雾漫漫兴云作浪

我等八仙过海神通广

 

 Verse 2

(何仙姑&蓝采和) (Queenie & Kylie) Sprinkle the flower seeds, let them blossom in your heart

(曹国舅&钟离权)(Rossini & Leia) Joining together with love, is a good start

(韩湘子&铁拐李)(Genesis & Catherine) Variety of colors make the world a work of art

(吕洞宾&张果老)(Julia & Nell) Unite our differences, send the future a postcard

 

Chorus 

Our special powers set us free

8 immortals soaring over the sea

Not afraid of tidal waves, when we paddle in harmony

Team together, our story is extraordinary (八仙过海,各显神通)

 

 Chorus 

Our special powers set us free

8 immortals soaring over the sea

Not afraid of tidal waves, when we paddle in harmony

Team together, we are making an extraordinary story

8. Music Unites

Music Unites 

Music & Lyrics by Vivian Fang Liu

 

 

Verse 

Quarter notes half notes and the rests

Treble and bass clefs are your friends 

When you hear 

Long note short note

High note low note

 Variety makes the music the finest

 

Different styles and different songs

Music does not have rights and wrongs 

like My friends:

Long hair short hair 

Taller  smaller

Variety makes the world the finest 

 

Music (let the party start) 

 

Chorus 

The keys are black and white 

Music glides 

The notes are sliding low and high 

 

Dancing in the wide blue sky

Yellow birds flying by

You’ll make friends with a purple butterfly

 

The keys are black and white 

Music glides 

The notes are sliding low and high

 

have a friend by your side

eating your music pie

The happiness is multiplied

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