I wanted to write a song that introduced children to the word for “peace” in many languages and at the same time make the content about children of all cultures joining each other in friendship. I had an image in mind of children circling the earth holding hands.
On the recording, for each verse, I highlighted an instrument that is played in the country where that language is spoken. So there is a zampoña (pan flute) on the verse when the children sing the Spanish “paz”, a marimba on the Swahili verse (“amani”) as xylophones and marimbas are very prevalent in African music, a dumbek, which is a common percussion instrument in the Middle East, on the Hebrew verse (“shalom”), and a koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) when they sing “heiwa”.
I added a simple 2-part vocal harmony to emphasize the concept of harmony among children of different cultures.
For lyrics and music, click here: Circle the Earth