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Commissioned by David and Johanna Publow for the 50th Anniversary of the Manchester Choral Society. Premiered on May 20, 2011 - Manchester, New Hampshire, Dan Perkins, Music Director.
This new work is an adaptation of a traditional song, "Lord, I've Got Some Singing to Do!"
"O Lord, I've got some singing to do. Don't take me, Lord, too soon!"
As a celebratory expression, the music is set in a swing rhythm, marked "joyfully." In this style, the chorus sings of the earth, the sun, the moon and the rain.
A middle section is inserted into this song. Starting with the familiar lyrics "Every time I feel the spirit," (with new music), the words are appropriately altered with the response, "I will sing!" And indeed, "as long as I have joy and breath, I will sing!"
The song concludes with a final verse recognizing the musical experience shared with friends. "O Lord, we've got some singing to do!"
Notes by the composer