Some of you know that in 2013 James L. King III wrote a sacred children’s book called Rocko, the Christmas Bat. It is the story of a Halloween decoration that is mistakenly left up for the rest of the holidays, so he observes the family celebrating Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas. And of course, Rocko wants to help, but how in the world could a bat help celebrate Christmas? (The twist ending is satisfying.)
James King wrote a mini-musical that churches could perform, based on the book, and this piece is one of four from it.
The setting is Thanksgiving Dinner, and the patriarch is going to start the circle prayer around the table.
This lyrical song is flexible: it can be sung solo without a chorus; the individual circle prayers can be combined or sung unison.
For pianists, the accompaniment provides practice with the arpeggiated left hand accompaniment.
This piece is available only as a studio license. Directors have the freedom to make as many single-user licensed copies as needed for their choir.
Key: D major
Mood: reverent, inspirational