Blessed We Are & Soul Key

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Blessed We Are & Soul Key

This arrangement is a mashup of two soulful, celebratory songs, Blessed We Are by Peia Luzzi and Soul Key by Lisa G. Littlebird & Zan Moore. Most of the arrangement is in two voice parts, with moments of four part harmony, sung with guitar and drum.

Composer & Copyright

Blessed We Are is an original song by Peia Luzzi. Soul Key is an original song by Lisa G. Littlebird & Zan Moore. Arranged for Wholehearted Chorus by Lisa G. Littlebird.

Recording

Recording by Rayner Marx on guitar, Lisa G. Littlebird on vocals and drum.

 

Lyrics

Blessed We Are

Blessed we are to dance on this ground
With the rhythm of saints to carry the sound
Say a prayer for the earth and the ones yet to come
May you walk in beauty and remember your song

Blessed we are to dance on this ground
With the rhythm of saints to carry the sound
Say a prayer for all life and the days yet to come
May you walk in beauty and remember your song

Remember why you came here,
remember your life is sacred

Wayayay, yay yay, yay yay yo (x6)

 

Soul Key

Somos todos hijos del sol aquí (We are all children of the sun here)
Tejidos de oro y son (Woven of fire and gold)
Somos todos hijos del sol aquí (We are all children of the sun here)
En la luz de nuestra canció(In the light of our song)

We are all children of the sun here
Woven of fire and gold
We are all children of the sun here
Let your song unfold

Teaching Notes

This song arrangement for oral-tradition chorus is time-intensive to learn in that there are quite a few lyrics with some in Spanish, many transitions and some moments of lush four-part harmony. It is wonderfully diverse in feel, moving from slow reverence into celebratory joy.

The recording is in D minor.

9

Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

 

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