The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Spirit of Life (McDade, arr. Alexander)

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

Music: Carolyn McDade, arr. Elizabeth Alexander

A still, small piano arrangement of Carolyn McDade’s beloved song, “Spirit of Life.” The spirit of McDade’s contemplative lyric flows through this delicate solo, which is effective for concert or worship:

”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.”
Lyrics © 1982 by Surtsey Publishing. Renewed 1991 by Carolyn McDade. Used by permission of the author.

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