Over this past weekend I attended the SCGS 41st Annual Genealogy Jamboree and was inspired by the blogger summit (as I was last year . . . each year I get new inspirations). Thomas MacEntee, who organized Geneabloggers, promotes and hosts daily blogging themes and Randy Seaver, who writes Genea-Musings, has his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
Now, I have already figured out my niche - music and ancestry - but how to get others involved at a time when I might be able to encourage participation? I came up with a "Sunday Singalong," just like we did when we'd get together as a family around the piano (and, later, the organ), me with guitar, singing the family's favorites. Now, singing along on the Internet is not going to be an easy task, but if you dig deep into your memory, I'll bet you can remember some of the favorite old songs that you sang at camp, in church, in scouts, with family, etc.
So here's the plan: I will propose a general topic and you search your memory (but it's an "open book" exercise, so go ahead and look at music books in your home or look at old photos to jog the memory) and suggest a song that will fit the theme. If you want to share some of the words from your preferred version, that would be great, but if lack of time dictates that you to keep it short and just enter a title, that's fine, too! You can also add why the song is significant or memorable to you.
The topic today: Gospel songs. Over the weekend, Thomas MacEntee and I talked about one of my favorite songs: "Will the Circle be Unbroken" (if you haven't already figured it out, that is the song that inspired the name of my business, my website, and this blog - Circlemending . . . working to mend that broken circle with those on both sides of the grave) and he mentioned the precursor to that song (I'll let him tell about it, if he so desires). My favorite verse of that song - "Will the Circle be Unbroken" - says: "One by one, the seats were emptied; one by one they went away. Now my family, they're all departed; will we meet again some day?" I believe we will.
So now it's your turn: Got a gospel song to share? OK to recommend a set of lyrics you've found on line, an MP3, or a Youtube link you have found that features your selection. Put it in the comments. Let the singalong begin!!