Everyone has had moments when we feel connected to the vastness of the universe, an enveloping sense of our human connection, and smallness, as we twirl about the sun on this planet. It is both a peaceful and awesome sensation and it can instill confidence and courage that we are not alone, and that there is something greater that we are all participating in.
While all music has the potential to unfurl our soul and connect with our hearts, choral music in particular can remind us that creating music with others affirms life and goodness. The poetry and texts set for choirs can give voice to our fears, and revive our courage and commitment to a better world.
This has been a long, difficult summer. Some days it has felt like the country is coming apart at the seams, and there is little common ground left. Personally, I have spent time feeling deeply, deeply sad this summer; you may have as well. One way to work toward a more just world for everyone is to program choral pieces that encourage our better nature.
Here are some choral selections that encourage our capacity for tolerance, generosity, and sympathy.
Inscription of Hope – Z. Randall Stroope
Give Me your Tired, Your Poor – Irving Berlin, poem by Emma Lazarus
I Dream a World – André J. Thomas, Text by Langston Hughes,
Let My Love be Heard – Jake Runestad
Stand Together – Jim Papoulis
What are your suggestions? I would love to have more of these in my back pocket!
Be well, and Sing On! ~ Robbin