“Kumbaya” DSE #7 #Music

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“Kumbaya,” also spelled “Kum Ba Ya,” is a well-known campfire song. I know I spent many happy Saturday nights around a campfire singing it as a child. Even those who couldn’t sing managed to catch on and make an effort.

No one really knows the song’s origin; in fact, there’s been some controversy surrounding it, as
this article
points out. To me it was, and still is, a common song that I, personally, have used to bring people together.

This is number seven in my
double strung experiments.
You will hear the melody played on zither, which has steel strings, and harmony on the lyre with softer, nylon strings. Notes of the melody and harmony echo each other at times. This is one of the many fascinating effects available on a double strung harp. As usual, it’s easier heard than explained, so I ask that you have a listen, and enjoy this peaceful arrangement!

2 thoughts on ““Kumbaya” DSE #7 #Music

  1. I enjoyed this so much today. Yes, singing around the campfire at Girl Scout Came and at church camp on the mountainside at Jumonville, PA. I liked the way you kept switching octaves and how it brought memories of climbing higher and higher until I reach the top of the mountain – and then, another beginning at the bottom again…lovely.

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