“Gentle Hands” is a beautiful song by my friend, Michael Delmain. He taught at all three of the Miniapple Montessori schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, where I met him when I first brought my musical program “Sound Beginnings” there in 1993.
“Gentle Hands” was one of the first songs I heard him sing and I loved its affirming message from the very first. Michael told me he wrote it when one of the young girls kept getting angry and hitting rather than using her words. He said to her, “our hands are not for hitting, we have gentle hands here.” Then he went home and wrote this song and sang it to her the next day. “Gentle Hands” became a beloved song in all three schools and one we did in each winter and spring family program after Michael passed away, in honor of both him and all three of the schools’ commitment to peace education. Michael sang this with me and played piano on my recording, “Make a Circle Like the Sun.” The album is available on iTunes.