Friday, July 14, 2017

Lesson: Just Enjoy the Music - Softly and Tenderly

For a while here … I’ve been mulling music … and songs from my childhood.  Much loved songs.  Some songs I remember with one voice, and others I remember from several records, church choirs and many more.  But I thought, it would be fun to feature some of those songs … into a song study for homeschools.

You can consider this a Free Curriculum if you like - or just something fun.






SONG OF THE WEEK

SOFTLY AND TENDERLY
Will L. Thompson
1880


  In the comments - which were your favorites?  Do you have another favorite not listed?

Altar of Praise Chorale

Alan Jackson

Reba McEntire


Joey Feek




Willie Nelson



Glen Campbell







Johnny Cash







Anne Murray




Cynthia Clawson



Amy Grant






Merle Haggard






Dolly Parton






George Jones



Million Dollar Quartet





Acappella





Don Moen





Jim Reeves





Christy Lane




The American Boys Choir


Randy Travis



Michael W Smith




Burl Ives




Rebecca Lynn Howard




Crystal Gayle


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD05OGOiUI0


Charlie Daniels




Guy Penrod


Loretta Lynn

Tennessee Ernie Ford


Daniel O'Donnell



The Sensational Nightingales



The Williams Brothers






Compare and contrast the different groups singing the song.

Is the music all the same or did they change it?

Do you like the changes?

Did they change the speed of the song?

Did changing the speed change your emotional response to the song?  Do you feel sadder?  Happier?  Want to dance?  Go to sleep?

Are the voices high or low?  Do you like the song better sung at a higher pitch or a lower pitch?

Which version did you like the best?

Learn this song as sung by your favorite group.  Try to imitate their pitch and tone.

Do the singers move around?   Did that add to your enjoyment or the emotional feel of the song?

Write out the words to the song.  What do they mean to you?

What is the history of the song?  Who wrote it?  Why?

What other things can you learn from these songs?

If the song is Christian… Is the Song based on Scripture?   Can you find Scripture to back up the message in the song?

Is this a modern song?  Christian song?  Classic Song?   

How can you tell from the music how to classify this song?

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