Sing the Word: A New Commandment CD
19 Scripture memory songs using a wide variety of styles and instruments. Includes a "Books of the New Testament" song. Ages 6 and up. NKJV, KJV.
About the Sing The Word Series:
I (Joy) am not a big fan of children's music. The simple ditties seem trivial at best, and all too frequently become unbiblical in an effort at simplicity. The music ranges from tedious to obnoxious, and even if the humor was funny once, it quickly becomes exasperating as it is repeated over and over during the course of the day. Thankfully, this series is very different. Sung by and for children, the words you'll hear are taken directly from the scriptures and the music itself encompasses a wide range of musical styles and is neither tedious nor grating.
After listening to the first CD once we were surprised to find ourselves singing the verses around the house, complete with the correct references. For a family with chronic poor memory, this was notable! Perhaps this was because the words are repeated several times in each song, or perhaps because the children's voices are so pleasing to listen to and the tunes are catchy and easy to sing. If your children are still at that young adorable stage, you can use the included instrumental-only tracks for a family recital.
Produced by a musically enterprising couple and their clutch of young children, the Harrows found that the musical sophistication and depth grew with their children. They suggest that Sing The Word A to Z is geared for 1-7 year olds, A New Commandment for ages 6+, God Our Provider for ages 7+, Great In Counsel for ages 8+, The Heavens Declare for ages 9+, All Nations Shall Worship for ages 10+, and Credo: I Believe for ages 11+. While this is helpful to know, the scriptural content and wide musical variety (a Baroque string orchestra, a rhythmically intense Salsa band, an Irish jig, an Israeli Hora...) lend appeal to a much wider age range. The Bible versions vary too, including NIV, KJV, NKJV, RSV, and NAS. I find that even the versions I normally wouldn't prefer are a refreshing change from most of today's supposedly Christian music.
Be sure to listen to the downloadable clips taken from each CD. It is often hard to get an accurate feel for music from a clip, but the Harrows have done an excellent job with these samples. If you like the clips, I'm confident you'll really enjoy the CDs!
Instrumental only tracks are also included!
Made in: USA
Listen to a sample here
Based on Joy's review, I decided to give a couple of the "Sing to Word" CDs a try,as we were looking for Scripture memory songs for our youngest. When the CDs arrived and I read that both parents are professional musicians with masters degrees from Eastman school of Music, my expectations went way up. When I further read that Ann Harrow (the mom of this amazing family) is, like myself, a professional flutist and flute instructor, my interest further increased. I was not at all disappointed! This is real music, played on real instruments, by real (very talented) musicians! The kids' vocals were very clear and beautiful, but it was the instrumental arrangements that sold me on this one. I was also very pleased to hear that the music matches the texts: not twaddly or irreverent. A very well produced and edifying project.
Sing the Word has changed my attitude while driving. This is not that cutesy, make-it-stop kind of kids' music. Extremely well done and pleasant to listen to, we all know the verses now! This one--A New Commandment--is recommended for ages 6+, but my younger kids loved it, too, and my 4-year-old has no problem singing along. A fun and easy way to hide the Word in little hearts! Definitely worth the price--since I can listen to it over and over and not get annoyed by the music or voices, it's actually priceless:).