I've just been having some music fun with the kids -- first, we practiced allegro and adagio and crescendo and diminuendo (learned from Disney's Little Einsteins) and then the kids danced around while I played some ragtime. I'm thinking about holding the allegro/adagio and crescendo/diminuendo in reserve for the next time I do primary music time -- our last music leader used animal signs (turtle/rabbit and lion/mouse) to play games with tempo and volume, and it would be fun to expand the game by teaching them the musical terms. I confess to using diminuendo around the house quite regulary, because M's standard speaking voice is SO loud. Wow.
Speaking of music, I also spent time today copying an arrangement of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing for our choir to sing. It's one of the best hymns ever! And three of the lines have the same melody and it's still great. Another lovely one? We performed All Creatures of Our God and King last week as part of our Easter program -- we had nice arrangments for almost everything else we sang, but we did just the standard hymn version for this one and it's so powerful, all on its own. Nice stuff. (Yay for Vaugh-Williams) Any other all-time favorite hymns? Tell me in your comments. Here are some more of mine:
Know This, That Every Soul Is Free
Lord, We Come Before Thee Now
Be Still, My Soul
Our Savior's Love