The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Spirit of Life (McDade, arr. Alexander)

A still, small instrumental arrangement of Carolyn McDade’s beloved song

An awareness of the gentle, timeless lyric of Spirit of Life can inform performances of the piano arrangement:

“Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.”

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Premiere: Yee Von Ng (Alexandria, VA)
Joseph Talleda (Miami, FL)