“May There Always Be Sunshine” is the Royal Song of the Day for Tuesday, September 9th. You can find the lyrics in the Rise Up Singing songbook on page 161. The song is based on the words of a Russian child. Original words by Lev Oshanin, English by Thomas Botting, music by Arkadi Ostrovsky.
All around me, here on Long Island, I see children returning to school. This song is dedicated to all the moms, dads, teachers, and school staff, swirling around with preparations for another year of learning and fun. The song “May There Always Be Sunshine” is a simple request from a child, that there may always be sunshine, mama, and “me”. Many people have interpreted the song as a humble and profound wish for peace.
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The Royal Song of the Day is “Be Kind To Your Web Footed Friends“. You can find the lyrics in Rise Up Singing on page 70. Susanna, Duchess of Peace, chose this song to follow the thread of loving the earth, and to honor the unusual sighting of a pod of 200 dolphins in Long Island Sound. More about that story: here.
“Be Kind To Your Web Footed Friends” is sung to the tune of “Stars & Stripes Forever”. And, the whimsical, web-footed verse is actually much more famous, and much more peaceful, than the official lyrics of the march.
Chamber music version
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Raining and (lightly) pouring on Long Island, New York. So, The Duke and The Duchess of Peace sang a favorite nursery rhyme, “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…” It’s the Royal Song of the Day for 7/29/2011. Rainy days are great days to sing old songs, write new songs, or get creative while cozy inside. The Duke and Duchess of Peace fill all their days — rain or shine — with peaceful, nonviolent, work and entertainment. What song do you sing?
To peruse some new and used books of nursery rhymes, on sale at Powell’s Books, please follow our search and shop link: here.
For more ideas about what to do for fun in bad weather, see this rainy day post at onthewilderside: here.
More about this Royal Song of the Day… Continue reading Royal Song of the Day: Friday 7/29/2011