This work’s origins can be traced back to a contemplative neighborhood walk, at a time when I struggled to balance my own needs with those of others who I care about. These words “arrived in mind” as I walked. The music I wrote later was influenced by my thoughts about the relationship between a community and its individual members: the 20-32 sopranos and altos of the choir begin by independently repeating short melodic phrases, each singer making autonomous decisions about tempo and rubato, listening carefully as she negotiates her role within the group.
Text by Rebekah Driscoll:
Like tangled tree roots my desires and expectations have tightly wrapped around me; I will loosen their hold. I am distracted and weighted down by disappointment and injury; I remember gratitude. May I be fearless, may I be generous and able to clearly see.