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We Declare! Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration for All Ages

By Merrill Collins

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Composed by Merrill Collins. World. 48 pages. Published by Spiraling Music Co. (S0.207407).

Item Number: S0.207407

We Declare! Songs, Chants, Dances, and Multimedia Projects by composer and instrumentalist Merrill Collins presents a unique melding of music, interactive projects, and learning about musical instruments from around the world, all centered on texts from Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration. The book includes instructions for eight musical experiences, adaptable for participants from children to seniors. The music is largely chant and percussion, and there are informative descriptions of instruments, text and reflections on the Declaration, and teaching guides. A companion CD with all the music is available at Each project is designed around one principle that is common to every world religion. Projects included are: - We Are Interdependent (translation and multimedia project) - Golden Rule Ceremony (chant and movement in a public place) - Forsaking Violence (community reading with music on non-violence) Humankind is Our Family (multimedia project featuring multicultural faces) - Opening Our Hearts (simple choreography for young children and seniors based on the four directions and the seven continents) - Cause and Effect (a spoken-word drum circle that creates space for rap and personal expression). Also included are - We Are Interdependent - ethno-trance dance (for dance parties and music video projects), and - Public Service Announcements on each of the principles (readings of the Global Ethic over music for radio broadcast). Throughout the book, the "Sounds of the World" sections feature dozens of different world instruments, including Bansuri Flutes, Bell Tree, Brass Bells, Castanets, Cha-Chas, Chinese Bells, Chinese Hand Drum, Cowbells, Dijiri-Doo, Din-Dins, Djembe, Dumbec, Egg Shaker, Elephant Bells, Fish, Frog, Gankoqui, Ghungaroo, Goat hooves, Gong, Gourds, iPod, Ju-ju seeds, Kuling-Tang, Lattice Drum, Maracas, Microphones, Ocarina, Palm Leaf Rattle, Pancake Drums, Peace Flute, Rain Sticks, Rasp, Ratatak, Rattles, Shakere, Shakers, Singing Bowl, Sistrum, Talking Drum, Tingsha, and Woodblock. Featured artists and collaborators include Merrill Collins, Pope Flyne, Charles Moselle, Chris Ray Collins, Lizzy Cole, Dan Ross, Daryl Keyes, and Mary Sano. We Declare! also features gorgeous photographs if instruments by Yvon Chausseblanche. This work has been endorsed by Hans Küng, the Global Ethic Foundation, and the Council for a Parliament of World Religions. Buyers are granted all rights to perform included music for non-commercial use. .

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