I said these words almost two years ago (video below). I had no idea just how tightly I'd have to hold on to these very beliefs in order to write the piece I just finished. I said those words before my piece, Eternity in an Hour, was performed. However, these words are even more applicable to the piece I just wrote that is dedicated to Stoneman Douglas High School, titled I will lament and love. The piece is a lament, but also a display of hope. I've included 17 short solos throughout the work to draw attention to the individuals who lost their lives.
The students at Stoneman Douglas are putting hope on display right now and I find this beautiful. When you sing through suffering (whether through the human voice or giving voice to an instrument through human breath), that means hope is present. A lament can hold the saddest melody, but if that melody is sung then hope is present. These students are singing through their instruments and that shows hope and beauty.
Director Russ Batsch from Madison High School approached me in February about writing a piece to give to the group at Stoneman Douglas and we are now at the end of the process. I am so glad to have been a part of such a thoughtful process.