Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Sun Shines on the World

I just made up this little song for my daughter when she requested the song: sunbeam.

The sun shines down on all the world.
It shines upon each boy and girl.
They play and run and jump and sing,
Because the sun lights everything.

It goes so slowly through the sky,
While all the clouds go floating by.
The birds fly way up high because
The sun shines on the world.

Here is the music for it:
The first note in each line is below Do, the rest is above Do.

So Do So Fa So Do So Fa
So Do So Fa Re Do So Fa
La Re La So Mi Re La So
So Do So Fa Re Do So Fa

So Do So Fa Re Do So Fa
So Do So Fa Re Do So Fa
La Re La So Me Re La So
So Do So Fa So Do

The rhythm goes:
fast-slow fast-slow fast-slow fast-slow in 6/8 time... kind of like you might think of a slow heart-beat.
In other words an eighth note (as a pickup note) and then a dotted quarter note and then the same thing over and over again.

This music and lyrics are copyright 2006 Daniel Gibby. I just wrote it tonight and have published this blog tonight on the night that I wrote it (February 4th, 2006). I also have four witnesses that I just wrote it ad lib for my daughter so I can prove it.
Nevertheless, even if you don't give me credit, you can sing it to put your kids to bed whenever you want. It seemed to really do the trick tonight. I just don't want anyone making money off it unless they contact me.

As I sang it very slowly and did some hand actions to show the sun, kids, clouds and birds, the very simple melody and slow beauty of singing about things in a kid's world seemed to make my kids really think about the beautiful world and had a very calming effect. I wouldn't sing it any faster than two beats per second.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

If you are wondering where you can improve...

I just received this from LDS-Gems this morning. It left a strong impression on me that there is so much more to do in our quest to help one another.

"Now, my brethren and sisters, the time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a season to be strong. It is a time to move forward without hesitation, knowing well the meaning, the breadth, and the importance of our mission. It is a time to do what is right regardless of the consequences that might follow. It is a time to be found keeping the commandments. It is a season to reach out with kindness and love to those in distress and to those who are wandering in darkness and pain. It is a time to be considerate and good, decent and courteous toward one another in all of our relationships. In other words, to become more Christlike."

( Gordon B. Hinckley, "This Is the Work of the Master," Ensign, May 1995, 71)

If you have any question as to whether God's prophet has any motivation in mind but to do God's will and do his best to help out God's children, I strongly recommend you re-read President Hinckley's words again and again until you change your mind. You might also want to read some of President Hinckley's other quotes.