A bold meditation on conflict, communication and compassion, with a compelling dialogue of voices, a touch of hip-hop cadence, and a "call to action" refrain. The interplay between different sections of the choir reflects the dynamic relationship necessary for all difficult and important conversations.
Dialogue is a key element of this song. In the original version for youth and adult choirs, it works well for the two choirs learn their parts separately, combining them at 1 or 2 final rehearsals. In all the other versions, there are prominent soloists/small groups in all parts.
Video created by Stephen Alexander
Solos by Jared Oxborough & Greta Oglesby
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|SEA-099-00Printed Score||SATB, SAB (youth choir), piano - Choral Score||$3.50||5'30"||M|
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|SEA-099-02Printed Score||SSA, SAB (youth choir), piano - Choral Score||$3.50||5'30"||M|
|SEA-099-02DLicensed PDF||SSA, SAB (youth choir), piano - Choral Score||$2.50||5'30"||M|
|SEA-099-03Printed Score||SSA, soloists, piano - Choral Score||$3.50||5'30"||M|
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This commission from Mayflower United Church of Christ came with an exciting and irresitable mission: To compose a piece which had social justice at its core, and to score it for combined youth and adult choirs. The music directors knew me and my work already, so they had to suspect that this prospect would have me chomping at the bit. And because I already knew something about Mayflower's passion and commitment to unflinching dialogue and bold actions, I knew the church would welcome the hard edges and difficult questions that I poured into this song.
"The choir begged me to come home and write you...WE LOVE IT!! It's a mighty piece, powerful and fun to sing." Nancy Grundahl, Director of Music, Mayflower UCC Church (Minneapolis, MN)
"The choir LOVES these lyrics!" - David Glasgow, Director of Music, Unitarian Universalists of Cumberland Valley
"This piece brought tears to my ears. Thank you for your beautiful work." - Linda Jo Reinhard (Portland OR)
SATB and SAB:
Choirs of Mayflower United Church of Christ - Nancy Grundahl, conductor (Minneapolis, MN) * Premiere
Choir of UUs of the Cumberland Valley - David Glasgow, conductor (Boiling Spring, PA)
SATB and piano:
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church - Jason Shelton, conductor (Nashville, TN) * Premiere
Choir of First Unitarian Society of Madison - Dan Broner, conductor (Madison, WI)