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When I was a young child I have sweet family memories of going to a folk dance class for a time or two and having fun dancing with kids and adults to a variety of different steps. Later, as a tween, my mom took me to see the Flower Drum Song and I sat entranced watching the dancing and listening to the music of that country. The music from Fiddler on the Roof never fails to stir me to hum along and even take a step or two with the music. What do all those have in common? A delightful folk song flavor that I always enjoy thoroughly.
Today I have not just one 10 commandments song for kids. I have two and both have that same type of enjoyable folk song flavor that I love and I hope you will enjoy them as well. They might even be fun for some physical senior citizen and grandkid dance activities. What do you think?
1. The Perfect Ten by Daywind Studio Musicians has a hint of that folk song flavor that I especially love. The song relates how we got the 10 commandments, then pops straight into a fun and peppy song that I would call a paraphrase of the ten commandments, excellent for helping children understand more about the meaning of the 10 commandments. As you'll hear in the latest of my Smilebox eCards creations, the lyrics include:
- Number one, we've just begun – God should be first in your life
- God's name should never be spoken in jest
- Don't get your kicks from killing one another
- Life is heaven when you're true to your mate.
- Then the chorus – "The perfect 10…just as true as they were way back when."
2. Ten Commandments by Little Man Music. Another song for kids that has a bit more of the Hebrew folk dancing tempo, but tends to repeat the tune a bit much. It, too, paraphrases some of the commandments, while others are pretty much the norm. Examples of the paraphrases include:
- You cannot worship idols or anything
- You must honor your mother and father
- You must stay faithful to your mate
- Do not want what your neighbor has
While I do like both of these Ten Commandments songs for kids, I have to admit I prefer #1. How about you and your grandkids? Which of these do you like best? 🙂