Happy Rounds Re-Sounding Day!
Rounds Re-Sounding Day was created to sing rounds of all types. Contrary to popular opinion, not all rounds are nursery rhymes and kids songs, although I’m sure we all know Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Three Blind Mice. It turns out that many rounds (and their more complicated cousins, catches) were composed and performed at men’s only drinking parties in the 18th and 19th centuries, the original “glee clubs.” As you can probably guess, those rounds weren’t exactly known for their clean lyrics.
I’ll probably be singing a lot of nursery rhymes today, along with some of my other favorites: “Dona Nobis Pacem;” “Hey, Ho, Nobody’s Home;” and the two Thanksgiving rounds “For Friends and Food” and “Praise and Thanksgiving” (Although those might not be known outside of the school I grew up at. If not, you’re missing out!).
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34
August 1 is also National Girlfriends Day, celebrating friendship between women.