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This February, let us celebrate the richness and variety choral music has to offer.  Join us each Friday midday as we share recordings from Voices of Concinnity's live performance from last October. The music will energize the start of your weekend and maybe inspire music educators and choral directors to explore some new choral music.

 

Each Friday in February, we will add videos below that you can watch with background to each song and the composer.  You can also watch on our YouTube channel

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Friday, February 25

 To watch the videos, place your mouse/cursor over the box with the title of the song 
 

All Together We are Love

Katerina Gimon

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

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Katerina Gimon

Text:

I am a dreamer

I am a song

I am a mountain - tall and strong

I am song

I am a warm breeze

I am the sky

I am a bluebird

Free to fly

I am a song for all hearts

and when our spirts soar

All together we are love

"This upbeat work relays a simple and important message — that all together we make the world a more beautiful place."

Friday, February 18

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Psalm 23

Bobby McFerrin

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

More Waters Rising

Arranged by: Saunder Choi

Music by: Saro Lynch-Thomason 

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

Text:

The Lord is my Shepard, I have all I need,

She makes me lie down in green meadows,

Beside the still waters, She will lead.

 

She restores my soul, She rights my wrongs,

She leads me in a path of good things,

And fills my heart with songs.

 

Even though I walk, through a dark & dreary land,

There is nothing that can shake me,

She has said She won't forsake me, I'm in her hand.

 

She sets a table before me, in the presence of my foes,

She anoints my head with oil,

And my cup overflows.


Surely, surely goodness & kindness will follow me,

All the days of my life,

And I will live in her house, Forever, forever & ever.

 

Glory be to our Mother, & Daughter,

And to the Holy of Holies,

As it was in the beginning, is now & ever shall be,

World, without end. Amen.

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Bobbi McFerrin

This arrangement of Psalm 23 was written in the Anglican Chant style in honor of Bobbi McFerrin's mother, Sara McFerrin.  Anglican chant is still sung in Episcopal churches, to which his mother was active. Sara McFerrin was an incredible musician (more info about Sara McFerrin here).

Text:

There are more waters rising this I know

There are more waters rising, they will find their way to me.

 

There are more fires burning this I know

There are more fires burning, they will find their way to me.

 

There are more mountains falling this I know

There are more mountains falling, they will find their way to me.

 

I will wade through the waters this I know

I will wade through the waters, they will find their way to me.

 

We will wade through the waters this I know

We will wade through the waters, they will find their way to me.

 

I will walk through the fire this I know

I will walk through the fire when they find their way to me.

 

I will rebuild the mountains this I know

I will rebuild the mountains when they find their way to me

I will rebuild the mountains this I know.

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Saunder Choi
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Saro Lynch-Thomason

"This is a song that I created back in March 2016 when the HB2 bill was passed here in North Carolina. Now in the early days of the Trump administration, this song feels deeply resonant. For me, this song is about seeing what's coming on the horizon: harder times that are inevitable and unavoidable. But the answer to the fear of what’s coming is resiliency and claiming a strength within ourselves that has been there all along."

-Saro Lynch Thomason (song-writer)

Friday, February 11

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We shall walk through the valley in peace

Undine Smith Moore

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

Sweetheart of the Sun

Eric William Barnum

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

Text:

Lord, we shall walk in peace.

We shall walk through the valley in peace

If Jesus himself shall be our leader

We shall walk through the valley in peace.

There will be no more trials there

f Jesus himself shall be our leader

We shall walk through the valley in peace.

We shall walk through the valley in peace.

Lord, we shall walk in peace.

Text:

She stood so fair amid the corn

Clasped by the golden light of morn

Like the sweetheart of the sun

Who many a glowing kiss had won

 

On her cheek an autumn flush

Deeply ripened;—such a blush

In the midst of brown was born

Like red poppies grown with corn

 

Round her eyes her tresses fell

Which were blackest none could tell

But long lashes veiled a light

That had else been all too bright

 

-from the poem "Ruth" by Thomas Hood

And her hat, with shady brim

Made her tressy forehead dim;—

Thus she stood amid the stooks

Praising God with sweetest looks:—

 

Sure, I said, heaven did not mean

Where I reap thou shouldst but glean

Lay thy sheaf adown and come

Share my harvest and my home

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Eric William Barnum

"One of the most evil effects of racism in my time was the limits it placed upon the aspirations of blacks, so that though I have been 'making up' and creating music all my life, in my childhood or even in college I would not have thought of calling myself a composer or aspiring to be one…all liberation is connected… as long as any segment of the society is oppressed… the whole society must suffer."

-Undine Smith Moore

 

Friday, February 4

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At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners

Willametta Spencer

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

Into a time

Adolphus Hailstork

Performed Live by:

Voices of Concinnity

Text:

At the round earth's imagined corners,

blow Your trumpets, angels, and arise,

arise From death, you numberless infinities

Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go,

All whom the flood did, and fire shall, o'erthrow,

All whom war, dearth, age, agues, tyrannies,

Despair, law, chance, hath slain, and you whose eyes,

Shall behold God, and never taste death's woe.

But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space;

For, if above all these, my sins abound,

'Tis late to ask abundance of thy grace,

When we are there. Here on this lowly ground,

Teach me how to repent; for that's as good

As if thou'hadst seal'd my pardon with thy blood.

(text by John Donne)

This song was written in response to 9/11, with an optimistic and hopeful text. It is a testament to the power of singing.

Text:

Into a time of turmoil, we bring our sense of peace;

Into a time of doubt, we bring our gift of faith;

Into a time of fear, we bring our light of hope;

Into a time of loss, we bring our treasured memories;

Into a time of silence, we bring our uplifted voices;

Singing a song of wonder, awe, mystery, courage;

singing of life itself.

Into this time, we come singing life itself.

 (text by Rev. Randolph W.B. Becker)

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Willametta Spencer
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Adolphus Hailstork
 

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