Simple Gifts (Celebration)

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Lexi Grum Using this as a recessional song for my wedding. Great music
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    SIMPLE GIFTS (CELEBRATION) ('Tis a gift to be simple) is a Shaker song; though sometimes played at a slow or moderate pace, originally it was intended to be dance tune! With solo instruments that include Irish whistle and piccolo, and accompaniment that features acoustic guitar, mandolin, a small string section, and various percussion instruments, Simple Gifts here has the flavor of a Celtic wedding celebration song. Thus, our arrangement is more toward celebration and less toward reflection. Simple Gifts makes an appearance later on this same hymns album as a more reflective piece.

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SIMPLE GIFTS (CELEBRATION): The term "turning" in the lyric was originally a dance instruction for this tune that was popularized by Copland's inclusion of it in Appalachian Spring. The melody range in Simple Gifts is quite small, and so lends itself to performance by children and learners on a variety of instruments with limited range, & it is thus ideal for performance in small home groups and recitals for young children ( and adults who are not too old to be learning an instrument!)

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Simple Gifts Lyrics:

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves in the place just right
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight!

When true simplicity is gained
To bow and bend we shan't be ashamed
To turn... turn.... will be our delight
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right!


from Wedding Hymns, released July 7, 2010
Simple Gifts ©2010 Weedom & Reap/ASCAP/All Rights Reserved - produced and arranged by Steve Millikan. Irish whistle, penny whistle, flute, and piccolo by recording artist Tobin Wingard.



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