Spirit of Life

This is a very popular song in Unitarian congregations (as easy as 1, 2, 3 as in it’s #123 in Singing the Living Tradition).

Denise has choreographed it and will be leading it on the 1st Tuesday at UCV.

Here are some links you might find interesting.

Wikipedia entry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_Life

List of songs in the Unitarian hymnal Singing the Living Tradition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_the_Living_Tradition

Sung by All Soul’s Choir youtube video

 

An article about the song and its composer, Carolyn McDade, in UU World, the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

http://www.uuworld.org/articles/carolyn-mcdades-spirit-life

If you’ve heard additional verses, know that Carolyn does not approve.

A few years back, some friction heated up between McDade and “Spirit of Life” enthusiasts. UU members had written several additional verses to sing in their churches. McDade asked them to stop. “My feeling was, you need to find your own melody. Don’t lose what you want to sing, but find a way to make it yours.”

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