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Morning Has Broken and Flower Carol

Posted on: September 5, 2013

I just got some wonderful music with which to sing MORNING HAS BROKEN to kids and, in going over the words, I made a connection.  These are the connections that, at least for me, make singing a song such a communicative, artistic, and personal experience.

One’s personal connections (thoughts, philosophy, memories, reactions, emotions, associations) are the essential elements that give each artist his/her specific and authentic perspective for performing each song.

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Thoughts from Emily, 8/31/2013

This is one of those songs about which my cup runneth over.  Cat Steven’s Greatest Hits Album is so woven into my college experience that hearing just a few bars any song brings me back to my college dorm and I’m 20 years old again.  Cat Steven’s MORNING HAS BROKEN was the only version that I knew of and I was surprised to learn that it was usually sung as a hymn, words written as poetry and set the tune of an even older hymn.  Learning the history of a song is a great joy for me in crafting it for performance.

I also love to study the words and find parallels with other songs.  Reading the words for MORNING HAS BROKEN frequently brings me to think about the jubilant words of, an even OLDER song, THE FLOWER CAROL also called “Tempus adest floridum”  The tune of FLOWER CAROL will likely sound familiar to the listener as GOOD KING WENCESLAS, but it was originally (or used first) for THE FLOWER CAROL, the words for which are celebratory and full of praise and thanks to the Creator for the rebirth of a new day and the beauty of the earth.

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morning has broken
Morning Has Broken

Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig

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“Tempus adest floridum”
FLOWER CAROL

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print a copy of the BOOKLET, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo
To view or print a copy of the ONE PAGER, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo one pager

This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Related Posts

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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