For Singers

There are fifteen songs in this celebration.  Most of them are fairly simple and easy-to-learn.  Two are a bit more challenging.

Main list of songs

Round and Round, unknown

Keep the Fire, BJ Brown
We Are a Circle, Rick Hamouris
Benedicta Es (Blessed Be), Chris Carol
Winter Solstice Chant, Anne Bearheart
Though My Soul, FJ Haydn / Sarah Williams
Wings, Suzanne Sterling
Deep in the Dark, Anna Ophidia Alekner
Kore Evohe: a Hymn to the Wheel of the Year, John C. Schrag/Sabina C. Becker
This Little Light, Traditional African-American spiritual
Imani, Rachael A. K. Hazen
We've Got the Power, Traditional South African
Carry It Home, Betsy Rose
Let the Spirit Come to You, Anodea Judith
When We Are Gone, Starhawk and Anne Hill

Details about the songs

Introduction:
  • Round and Round, unknown.  Round in up to three parts.  Participant sing-along.  
Beforehand:
  • Keep the Fire, BJ Brown.  Four-part choral piece.  Teaching tracks on CD.  
A Circle Is Cast:
  • We Are a Circle, Rick Hamouris.  Simple piece.  Chorus and verses; chorus has high and low harmony parts.  Participant sing-along on chorus. 
Invocation:
  • Benedicta Es (Blessed Be), Chris Carol.  Short piece; unison, then round, then three-part harmony at the end.  Teaching tracks on CD. 
Into the Darkness:
  • Winter Solstice Chant, Anne Bearheart.  First in unison, then with a low harmony part, then with two low harmony parts.  Teaching tracks on CD. 
  • Wings, Suzanne Sterling.  Simple chant, first in unison, then with a low harmony part.  Participants might sing along if they know this.
The Light Returns:
  • Deep in the Dark, Anna Ophidia Alekner.  Commonly referred to as the Winter Solstice version of "Jingle Bells."  First in unison, then a round/canon.  Will make you want to dance. 
  • Kore Evohe: a Hymn to the Wheel of the Year, John C. Schrag/Sabina C. Becker.  "A hymn to the Wheel of the Year."  Four-part choral piece.  Teaching tracks on CD. 
Spreading the Light:
  • This Little Light, Traditional African-American spiritual.  High and low harmony parts.  Teaching tracks on CD.  Participant sing-along. 
  • Imani, R. A. Hazen.  Melody is the same on verses and chorus.  High and low harmony parts on chorus.  Teaching tracks on CD. Participant sing-along. 
  • We've Got the Power, Traditional South African.  High and low harmony parts.  Participant sing-along.
Benediction/Closing:
  • Carry It Home, Betsy Rose.  Low harmony.  Teaching tracks on CD.
  • Let the Spirit Come to You, Anodea Judith.  Four-line unison piece. 
Recessional:
  • When We Are Gone, Starhawk and Anne Hill.  High and low harmony parts.  Teaching tracks on CD.  Participants might sing along if they know this.