Frequently used music videos for lodge meetings and cultural events:
Below is a list of links to videos that can be included as part of the meeting rituals during lodge meetings by sharing the meeting host’s or alternate host’s computer screen. The listed videos are by no means the only ones available online so you are encouraged to seek out other versions that may better suit your lodge’s needs.
- Du gamla, du fria – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I3f2NqN8cU The video is sung by a male voice and scrolls the Swedish lyrics on the screen. There are no English subtitles. It is approximately 2 ½ minutes for all four verses but many lodges often only sing the first verse so the host can stop the video after the end of the verse.
- Du Gamla, Du Fria – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxXbPVBoTaM National Anthem of Sweden – with Swedish and English subtitles and a beautiful slideshow background. It is approximately 1 ½ minutes for all four verses
- God Bless America – https://www.pbs.org/video/renee-fleming-performs-god-bless-america/ This is a video displaying Renee Fleming’s performance at a Fourth of July event. It is about 2 ¼ minutes.
- America the Beautiful – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSqVkuTegxY Performed by the US Navy Band and choir
- The Star Spangled Banner – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQKNU3q7DMk – National Anthem of The United States of America.
- Ja, må han (hon) leva – A Swedish birthday song “Yes, may he (she) live. sung in 5 part harmony by the Maël Choir (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwE1yF1xtpI) and a more “traditional” rendition by a children’s group which includes English subtitles. The song’s history can be found on Wikipedia and the lyrics in Swedish and English are also online.
- Helan Går – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoG7A4vbrdI Helan Går is a popular Swedish drinking song, or snapsvisa. The song’s history and the lyrics in Swedish and English can be found on Wikipedia.
Other cultural videos and articles that may be of interest for lodge meetings and cultural events:
Below is a very short list of links to videos that can be included as part of a lodge’s cultural presentation during virtual lodge meetings by sharing the meeting host’s or alternate host’s computer screen or projected onto a movie screen or wall during an in-person lodge gathering.
- Min älskling, du är som en ros – a poem written by Evert Taube and read by him at a live performance in 1970. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxU-rjSJmv4 It is approximately 2 minutes. The English title is “My darling you are like a rose“
- Min älskling du är som en ros – Arja Saijonmaa singing the poem at a 2011 concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSbUfrSeBtU It is approximately 3 minutes.
Other short documents and slide shows created and presented by Monitor Lodge can be found in the Past Cultural Presentations section.
The September 25, 2021 to the Grand Lodge cultural leaders includes a substantial list of potential cultural presentation topics compiled and shared by Marianne Ek of Monitor Lodge.
The November 15, 2021 to the Grand Lodge cultural leaders includes a substantial list of potential Scandinavian and other music titles compiled and shared by Marianne Ek of Monitor Lodge.
Last updated 01/27/2021