This is not easy. I’m finding all of these poems and non of them are remotely possible to set in the type of piece I am looking to write.

I’ll try some more searching but I think there is a good chance now, say %70, that I am going with my list of quotes like before.

I should make looking for texts an ongoing thing. Right now I can’t write (choral music) because I’m stuck with no text and that is ruining my momentum. Unacceptable!

And as it stands now, if I do use these quotes up I’ll have nothing for whatever comes next if I want to do another choral piece, which I think I do. This needs long range planning. I have done this before – collected texts that were at least somewhat promising for setting a piece to. I should start doing this again starting today.

Maybe I do have a back up. This was an anonymous poem that eventually became unannonymous when a gardiner confessed to writing it.

I don’t know if I have to get the rights or if it is in public domain, but that I can figure out.

It is:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

It’s by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

This is super good for a choral text. You can’t ask for something more settable than this one. There is a pretty famous setting of this that I have heard. It’s by Eleanor Daley. That’s how I learned about it.

So my project for today is to figure out if this is in public domain or if I need to buy the rights.

(1 minute pause)

Thanks for google I have the answer. It is public domain a long as you use the original version. Which is what I would do.

Now I’m maybe two pieces ahead with text. That is a good feeling.