5 songs of love
for voice and piano
commissioned by and dedicated to Jos Milton
- That night
- In the Garden
- Be not afraid
- Abide with me
- If you will have me
When Jos Milton asked me to write a piece for his project about art song in the American South, it took me a while to find the right subject. I spent some time trying to write something contributing to the mythology of this place, but I finally realized the piece needed to be about my personal experience of growing up here.
What I settled on is a patchwork love story, mostly of texts that were influential to me growing up. (The final poem is by my friend and colleague, Philip Rice.) The five songs together form a kind of Southern Song of Solomon- a meditation on love in its various forms: divine, physical, sacred, and secular.
Abide with Me: 5 songs of love is available on “Southerly: Art Songs of the American South” from Albany Records. Available on Amazon and iTunes.