Ere The Waters Of The Deep

by Teresa Jennings

Reminiscent of an olde English or Celtic folk song set in Dorian mode, this tune has a bit of melancholy to it. It speaks of a yearning for the sea, while implying a bittersweet connection. Read into it what you will, though you don't have to attach any meaning to simply enjoy the song as it is.

There is an optional part 2, which can be divided further into two parts if you like, making it more like part 2 and part 3. You could use either, neither, or both. We have separated them out and put them on our web site for your rehearsal purposes.

One possible way to use this song is for the commemoration of seafaring events or incidences, particularly tragic and/or historic ones. For example, the sinking of the Titanic, which occurred in April 1912 (100 years ago as of this issue's date). If you use it this way, be sure to share its cross curricular value for the reinforcement of historical lesson plans.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.