Click the audio links to hear music from the Circle C Milestones enrichment guide for books 1-6. Scroll down to find the music that corresponds with the study guide you are working on.
The Blue Danube
A 2.5 minute excerpt from the waltz music, “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” composed by Johann Strauss (Courageous Love study guide).
The California Stage Company
A 2.5 minute ballad about the stagecoach company that started out in 1849 in California. The chorus talks about the need for passengers to “root hog or die.” This means passengers needed to be self-reliant if they traveled aboard a stagecoach in the 1800s (Yosemite at Last study guide).
He Hideth My Soul
The first verse and chorus of “He Hideth My Soul,” written by Fanny Crosby in 1890. This hymn is based on Exodus 33:18-23, when God placed Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered him with His hand (Yosemite at Last study guide).
Auld Lang Syne
The first verse and chorus of “Auld Lang Syne,” written by Robert Burns in 1788 (Stranger in the Glade study guide). The tune came later, in 1799. The song asks “Should old friends be forgotten?” and “We’ll take a cup of kindness for old time’s sake.”
The next few songs come from a truly American beginning–slave songs that became universally popular. Black Americans passed these songs down as they worked in the fields. Clearly, their minds were on biblical themes. Listen to the songs. They are part of our history, for better or for worse.
“Oh, Dem Golden Slippers” got its beginning in 1879 in what is called a “minstrel” show. It became very popular, and Riley loves to whistle this song (Stranger in the Glade study guide).
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Go Down, Moses
This recording is a song by the Jubilee Singers. Not the original singers from 1871, but members of the same musical group that has kept their music alive and performed in the same way (Stranger in the Glade study guide). It’s easy to see that the story of God freeing His people through Moses would have been dear to the slaves’ hearts.