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'Deliver Daniel' appropriate for school choir?

Posted by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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Here are the lyrics.


Quote:

"Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel"

[traditional]

Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
Deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel?
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
And why not every man?

He delivered Daniel from the lion's den
And Jonah from the belly of the whale
And the Hebrew children from the fiery furnace
Why not every man?

Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
Deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel?
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
And why not every man?

The moon runs down in a purple stream
And the sun refused to shine
And every star did disappear
Yes, freedom shall be mine

Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
Deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel?
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
And why not every man?

Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
Deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel?
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?
And why not every man?

Appropriate for a school choir to sing during school, in the evening for the parents and for a competition?  
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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jhslove
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

As an elementary and high school music teacher, I included this and many other spirituals in the curriculum. A great deal of the choral repertoire is religious in nature, and you cannot give a complete music education without including religious music. MENC (the Music Educators' National Conference) has a statement on this exact matter that I always included in my class syllabus.

Having said that, I always worked for a balance between sacred and secular music, and between pieces from different religious traditions.

JP-StrongForTwo
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I don't see why not. i went to a secular public school and we did ave maria in choir. 


I don't think it matters so much when its just music and songs. 

usually a choir master chooses songs based on complexity and harmony rather than the words. 

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM
A lot of choir music is religious in nature. As an adult...I can't say I'm crazy about the idea, but...it is what it is. When I was in choir it was a mix of religious and secular music. I've always preferred the secular stuff, myself.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM
A LOT of music is religious in nature.

We sang this song for Sectionals one year... :-)
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Thanks for the replies ladies.  

When my daughter joined Choir, there was a packet sent home.  It was very informative, including much of what you all have stated.  Along with a list of the songs already chosen and dates, etc.

I have no problem with it.  

This will be the first thing I have ever missed in regards to my 13 year old.  It is breaking my heart.  But she sang it for me earlier, via Skype.

It is a beautiful song.  I am looking forward to seeing the video a friend will be handling for me.

Via email, we received information in regards to why a Gospel song is being sung.  Again, much of the same information we received prior to our child joining.  

Seems a few parents are not pleased.

celticgodess
by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I sang it ( and did again in my head as I read the lyrics :) Better than some of the current pop songs

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Meh, I don't like it.. but eh, if it was something he wanted to do, oh well, I will get over it.

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

It depends. In what context are they singing this?  Are they doing a play?

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM


Quoting kailu1835:

It depends. In what context are they singing this?  Are they doing a play?

It is a Choir performance.

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Well I realize it's the choir... I've seen some plays that were backed by choirs, which is why I asked.  If there's no play, then what is the purpose of picking a religious song over a secular one?

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting kailu1835:

It depends. In what context are they singing this?  Are they doing a play?

It is a Choir performance.


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