Music for September 8, 2019

Dear GCC Choir,

Sunday is the first day of Sunday School for the 2019-2020 year.  Lise
will be leading the service; she has chosen two anthems for this Sunday:

I Will Sing of Your Love Love Love by Christopher Grundy

Composed for the "Three Great Loves" initiative of the National United Church of Christ

We will be singing a piano/unison arrangement of the song that I downloaded from Christopher Grundy's website.

Water Is Life by Sara Thomsen

I will be doing a simple SATB arrangement of this.

is a tribute to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that we have been hearing
about from Lise (who joined the Standing Rock protest a few months
ago).  Here below is more information about the song that I copied from
the website link above.

Water Is Life (Mni Wičoni)

This song is inspired by and in tribute to the Standing
Rock Sioux Tribe
and all the tribes, nations, native and non-native
people coming together to protect the land and water threatened by the
construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The song came to me on my return
from Standing Rock. That morning before leaving, a meadowlark was singing right
outside my tent. "Be a lark from the meadow. Be a lark from
meadow," I heard it sing.  We, too, can be larks from the meadow. We,
too, can sing in the new day. 

You are welcome to use and share this song (for non-commercial use). I ask
only that you do so with intention and solidarity with the water
protectors at Standing Rock and all corners of the globe!  Please support
water and environmental protection efforts in all the ways you can.  


The chorus contains two Lakota phrases:
Mni wičoni (mini we-cho-nee) —“Water is life.”
Mitakuye Oyasin (mee-dah-koo-yeh o-yah-seen)—“All My

My gratitude to Jeremy
Davis, of Lakota and Anishinaabe heritage, who —after my initial sharing
of this song at choir practice—suggested adding the phrase "Mitakuye
Oyasin" and helped me incorporate it into the song.

Water Is Life (Melody and lyric sheet) 214 KB



“When we say Mitakuye Oyasin, ‘All Our Relations,’ many people don't
understand the meaning of those words. The phrase Mitakuye Oyasin has a
bigger meaning than just our blood relatives. Yes, it’s true; we are all one
human race. But the word Mitakuye means relations and Oyasin
means more than family, more than a Nation, more than all of humankind,
everything that has a spirit. The Earth herself, Maka Unci, is our
relation, and so is the sky, Grandfather Sky, and so is the Buffalo and so are
each of the two-leggeds, the four-leggeds, those that swim, those that fly, the
root nation and the crawling beings who share the world with us. Mitakuye
refers to the interconnectedness of all beings and all things. We are
all interconnected. We are all One.”

Arvol Looking Horse
his book White Buffalo Teachings (Dreamkeepers Press, 2001)
Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White
Buffalo Calf Pipe and a spiritual leader of the Sioux Nation. 


— LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
Founder of Sacred Stone Camp
Quote from article in Yes! Magazine

Water Is Life – Mni Wičoni

All my relations, come
Every nation, come
All my relations under the sun
We are one
We are praying, come
We are praying, come
We are the song and we are the drum
We are one
We are the river, come
We are the river, come
We are the boat, the paddle, the shore
We are one
Mni wičoni, sing (
Mitakuye Oyasin…)
Mni wičoni, sing
Mni wičoni, “water is life”
for everything

We are the water, sing
We are the water, sing
We are the water
We are where all life begins
We are the ancient ones
We are the ancient ones
In your breath and bones we sing on
We are one
We are the meadow, come
We are the meadow, come
We are the lark that sings
the new day has begun
We are the new day, run, run, run
We are the new day, run, run, run
We are the old and we are the young
We are one


We are the earth and sky
We are the thunder cries
We are the fire,
We are the light in your eyes
We are standing strong
Like a rock, like a stone
On this sacred ground we belong
We are home


All my relations, come
Every nation, come
All my relations under the sun
We are one
—words & music by Sara Thomsen

See you at 8:55 am this Sunday for our 9:00 am rehearsal.


Peter Amidon