This unusual piece, simultaneously haunting and soothing, tells a simple story of solitude, transcendence, and affirmation that speaks deeply to humanists and theists alike. The changing meter can be daunting at first glance, but keep the piano part fluid and shimmering, and let the timing of the piece respond to the moment of performance. (Music geeks will enjoy discovering a bit of Arnold Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique employed in the structure of the vocal line, but that’s an Easter Egg for the “behind the scenes” tour.) Purchase price includes two copies: one for vocalist, one for pianist.
VOCAL SOLO WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT
KEYWORDS: NATURE, TRANSCENDENCE, EARTH, TIME, MORTALITY, MINDFULNESS
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w&m ©2011 David M. Glasgow (ASCAP)
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The sun is high as I step out of the wood,
and shadows that stretched long this morning have gone.
The grass is tall, and it slows my certain step
as insects fling themselves from shelter to flight.
There now, before me,
a wall of ancient stone climbs to the sky.
Weathered and crumbling,
these stones stood long before my heart began to beat.
A doorway yawns where great timbers hinged ago,
protecting sacred space within, and without.
The roof is gone, lichened beams across the floor.
The walls that held it, now unburdened, stand tall.
Somehow, above me,
the sun, trapped by these walls, moves ever on,
as one light sets, and in its place, a million shine.
Somehow, within me,
the wanderer finds home here in the dark.
I set my pack down,
and there we stand, outside of time: those stones and I.