Phillis Gershator







About me



                                                      Is the Day CD

This Is the Day!
and Singalongs

Sung by Yonah & friends

Eighteen brand new songs
for playtime, rest time, storytime, and bedtime--

a dozen songs inspired by picture books:
activity songs
(“Moon Rooster,” “Summer Is Summer,” “Kallaloo”),
(“Greetings, Sun,” “This Is the Day,” “Rata Pata Scata Fata”),
Spanish/English songs,
and more!
Listen for a jump-up calypso, a sleepy lullaby or two,
a mystery, and a love song to the Virgin Islands....

Recommended by Rob Reid (www.rapnrob.com), Author, Something Musical Happened at the Library
and Children’s Jukebox
“What a wonderful family musical experience
with direct ties to children’s literature.”

Recommended by Dr. Toy (www.drtoy.com) -- Author,
Smart Play Smart Toys --

"...the music and lyrics are a great connection
to quality music and books." Summer List, 2008

Recommended by Kids' Music that Rocks --
"Teachers and Librarians could totally use this album in tandem with books like Greetings, Sun or Summer is Summer...."

Recommended by Stephanie Bange, School Library Journal --
"PreS-Gr 1—Poet/songwriter David Gershator has penned music (and often the lyrics) to 18 songs, 11 of them based on picture books written by or co-written with his wife Phillis.... Daughter Yonah, whose trained voice is strong and pitch-perfect, provides lead vocals on most songs.... Pair the song with the book to add depth to a story time." 1/1/2009

The singers:


Yonah is a lyric mezzo-soprano based in NYC. She has sung with many notable vocal ensembles, orchestras, and conductors including the NY Choral Artists, Concert Chorale of NY, Bard Summerscape Opera/Festival Choruses and Manhattan Chorale. Along with this recording, she can be heard on Dave Hall's Christmas! Originally a pianist and flutist, Yonah attended Juillliard, Manhattan School of Music and the University of the Virgin Islands. She teaches voice and is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner.



Singer, songwriter and composer, Dave has released several critically praised recordings of original music and has written music for adult and children’s theater, film, and educational television.He is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music and lives and works upstate and in Brooklyn, New York.



Songwriter and lyricist, David was an award winning poet, artist, author of several poetry chapbooks, co-author of eight picture books––and Yonah’s dad.  www.davidgershator.net


Produced by Dave Hall & Yonah Gershator
Music by David Gershator
Lyrics by David and Phillis Gershator
Vocal & instrumental arrangements by Dave Hall
Engineered by Dave Hall & recorded at
Rowhouse Music, Bklyn, NY
Mastering by Phillip Klum 
Guitar: Dave Hall
Fiddle: Rob Hech
Banjo & guitar: Matthew Check
Percussion: Dave Hall & Yonah Gershator
Package design: Phillis Gershator & Jennifer Keys
Title lettering: Marjorie Priceman
Manufactured in the USA by Furnace MFG

DYP Productions
St. Thomas, VI

Click here for contents and lyrics.

Click here for ideas on how to use the CD with kids
at home,
in the library, and in the classroom.

*For CD purchases, individual copies
are $15, shipping included.
Multiple copies (5 or more)
are available at a discount.
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