The information about the sources and the particular context of each song is a work in progress. These summaries, variously based on the observations of composers, writers, and/or authoritative interpreters of each song, are provided to assist in the presentation, teaching, and performance of this music. We welcome additional or corrective information to this resource, which may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Night A Child Is Born
This song was written while the composer was sitting in the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Nashville church sanctuary on Christmas Eve, 1998, which was his first Christmas working at the church. He had been shoveling snow that afternoon, which is a pretty uncommon activity in Nashville on Christmas Eve. Anyway, he took a break from shoveling and sat at the sanctuary piano. He then opened his hymnal and found Fahs' words. There was something so peaceful, so magical about that moment that this piece literally wrote itself in just a few minutes time. His choir sang it for the first time that night, and they have sung it every year since. A recording of this piece can be found on Jason Shelton's CD, The Fire of Commitment.
Earth is Our Mother
This song is reprinted from Songs for Earthlings which is printed by Emerald Earth Publishing. Additional information can be found at Emerald Earth.
These are the words to a poem called “Walk to Caesarea” written by Hannah Senesh in Caesarea in 1943. It was later turned into this song.
This song has been reprinted from Circle of Song which is printed by Full Circle Press. Additional information can be found at Circle of Song
An affirming lullaby and has been sung around the world as an anthem of universal love and acceptance. Fred Small wrote the song in 1983 at the request of Janet Peterson, cellist and singer with the women's music group Motherlode, who wanted a song she could sing to her nine-year-old son about the freedom to live and love as we choose. Willi Zwozdesky’s arrangement of Everything Possible was originally created for the Vancouver Men’s Chorus; it is based on the performances of English folk singer, Roy Bailey.
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Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2012.