The words sing of the greater sun and lengthening days that nurture the burst of growth in spring. In an ABABA rondo form, a slowly shifting modal accompaniment alternates with a rising chordal burst of harmony. “In longer day, the spirit cannot hide. Oh searching sun, heal earth’s darker side.”
This was written as a closing song and it’s in the UU Hymnbook. It’s a hymn with a gospel beat, a 16 bar melody with an 8 bar intro/interlude. The central message is taken from a Native American saying: once we have shared in this circle together, the circle doesn’t break, it just opens. As the third verse gets to the word “opens” the music takes us to a coda. “…opens – to every fate of life, and every open heart.”
From the album Heart in Another Land, the song I Wish You Good Evening! Digital Download only!
From the album Heart in Another Land, the song Afraid To Come To Love! Digital Download only!
If you want to purchase in quantity, see the other Earth and Spirit Songbook products (2-8 copies for $23 each with free shipping, or 10 plus for $20 each). This is a great time to supply your choir with this 200-page resource of 110 songs of Earth and peace.
This anthology of 110 old and new songs is a great resource for educators, song leaders, church musicians and anyone who celebrates our amazing planet. The Earth and Spirit Songbook provides entertaining, educational songs of ecology, world humanity and peace with participatory choruses for groups to sing. Compiled and edited by musician-composer Jim Scott, it includes songs by many well-known contemporary songwriters.
– Earth education – for children and adults
– Social action, environmental justice issues, etc.
– Earth celebrations – earth oriented holidays
– Beauty, abundance, community, rights of passage, etc.
– World humanity and peace
The songs not only teach about the earth, in scientific terms and representing a variety of spiritual traditions, but also make a collective musical statement by the many musicians who have made ecology and peace a part of their artistic work.
Music directors, performers, and all literate accompanists will find it a great resource, as it includes full piano accompaniments, even for rounds. Some arrangements are more elaborate than typically found in hymnbooks or commercial sheet music, and include chord symbols to be universally useful to all musicians. Many songs also include some vocal harmony, so choirs will find a wealth of short-cut choral pieces useful for the weekly production of anthems, and special music, etc.
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This eco-anthem works well for group singing or a solo voice. The traditional hymn style melody was intended to have a more contemporary feel, not too somber, with steady folk/rock rhythm. The long phrases can be a challenge to maintain the meaning of the words as all in one sentence so don’t get too slow. Several arrangements – SAA, SATB or solo with SATB – are available from Jim Scott.
From the album Heart in Another Land, the song One Hundred Failures! Digital Download only!