In FEAST Community Choir, we learn songs by the oral tradition of call and response. Singing together in a circle with eyes up and ears open enlivens our singing and strengthens our community. Our songs come from many sources, bridging cultures, continents and centuries. We sing songs that affirm our connection to the earth and each other. We sing songs for strength and solidarity, for healing and hope. We sing songs that are soulful and songs that are silly.
When you learn a song through the oral tradition, it’s a good idea to give credit to the source, so we can carry the song with integrity, honoring the origin and roots.
Below are a sampling of the songs we are singing.
I Am Me
lyrics and music by Paul Barton
Paul sings with Mila Redwood’s choirs, Sing for Joy, in Canada. Through the Ubuntu Choirs Network, I found my way to Paul Barton’s songs online. FEAST loves these yummy harmonies.
We Shall Be Known By the Company We Keep
lyrics and music by Karisha Longaker of MaMuse
I first learned the parts by listening to We Shall Be Known online, on Songs for the Great Turning. It turned out that at least three other Ubuntu Choirs were learning it this fall, and then the song showed up in Quaker Meeting, too! FEAST loves singing this, and so do lots of other groups.
Melody – alto
My Heart is Ready
lyrics and music by Cindy Kallet
I first learned this song from Katherine Grant at the Community Choir Leadership Training in 2016. Then I found my way to the composer source, Cindy Kallet, who features this song on her CD, Heartwalk.
Melody – alto