Hi all. I”ve been away on vacation in Chicago so I haven’t been writing this week, but I’m starting again today.
I’m going to hold off on the chant piece for a bit. I have some sense of the energy I need for it but I don’t quite have the critical mass of musical energy to get it going. I’ll put it on my list of possibilities and maybe do it in a month or two but right now it’s too much heavy lifting.
This brings me back to this poem which I think is in public domain depending on what exact version you use. I’ll make it a priority to solve that. This is a nice poem with a great idea and it is *so* settable to choral music. Short, rhyming, broad words.
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 sun 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.
What to do today? Print this out and put it in my pocket and read it 20 times, and start to hunt out the public domain issue. Tomorrow, maybe start composing. I want to avoid what happened with the Rumi piece so far in that I don’t want to get too intellectual about it- that’s the wrong region of the brain. I want to feel it.