Abide with Me:
5 songs of love
for voice and piano
commissioned by and dedicated to Jos Milton
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.