This isn’t the first time that T.S. Eliot’s Macavity – The Mystery Cat from his Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has been put to music, but I like to think these MarmaladeSchool.com versions are worth listening to.
It’s a fun poem with a lot of potential for exploring form, rhythm, rhyme, and other poetic devices. The words/lyrics are included in the videos with the first beat highlighted in red. This should be helpful if you (or a class of eight year-olds!) want to learn the poem for a performance; it could also be a good starting point for a discussion of pulse, meter, rhythm, etc. Talking of performance, there’s also a karaoke backing track version of the video and three different audio files available to download from Bandcamp.
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If you like these songs, please consider downloading them from Bandcamp. Thank you :)
The version below is the original, live, school version recorded with my year fours (in one take!) in February.