Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One Voice

Posting a song a day has kept me from writing other things.  There are many topical issues that I should write about.  No background checks for gun purchases?  What is wrong with this picture?  And the NRA feels persecuted!  Mark (Appalachian Trail) Sanford seems poised to win the first district seat in the special congressional election here in SC.  My kids are coming home from college.  My dog is not long for this world.  Heidi is beautiful and brilliant.  There are so many other things to write about.  But taking a month off of the head and heart stuff is good for me.  Thinking of music and connections to it is cleansing.

This is a song I have taught my students over the past several years since The Wailin' Jennies hit the scene.  They sing it loud and proud.  When we learn songs in my classroom, I usually begin with the lyrics.  We look at the chart first.  "What do you think?" is the question to begin the analysis.  The children usually come up with the theme of unity - that we are better when we are together.  

To me it is about being an individual but wanting to belong to others and share experiences.  It is simple, but elegant in its simplicity.

                                                     "One Voice"
This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

1 comment:

Nic E said...

And a beautiful voice it is too.

It's good to have a break, I think. My photo blog is my break, but it is way too quiet at the moment. I need to sort it out.

There's a new song in the pipeline, though, if I can get round to recording the thing. Watch this space.