MY FLAME THE SONG

We share a fierce, impassioned singing of the life of love. We sing in the lives we lead, by the way we respond to the cry in the human heart.  Our lives unfold the powerful potential of love that lives in each one of us, as friends, parents, siblings, partners, colleagues. In making music, singing together lights an extraordinary process in us: we connect from the depths of our beings with each other, with this shared spiritual flame within us, we connect to those we have lost, to those who have sung the same music, we connect to the eternal singing of that vast, eternal chord of being human. In performing this work, you will pass on the flame to others. You become its music, its words: your spirit cries out, here.

Commissioned for the St. Edward's University Masterworks Singers and Dr. H. Morris Stevens Jr;

  • SATB

    VOICING

  • 2017

    YEAR

  • 5 minutes

    DURATION

  • Euan Tait

    WORDS

SCORES

 

SATB div. unaccompanied

Printed scores: Boosey & Hawkes, Hal LeonardJ. W. Pepper 

Digital scores: J. W. Pepper

THE TEXT

I give this flame, my flame the song,

I pass it from my life to yours,

it gathers strength, through names we’ve loved,

you catch the flame and your name shines.

 

The fragile flame

held in the heart,

it joins us all,

love to love.

The human voice,

our flame the song,

so fierce its flame, 

it cries out love,

love gathering,

love burning,

the life of music’s heart.

 

We know the wounds, the tear of grief,

the flame extinguished, sudden dark,

the silent voice, the empty road,

the lives we love torn out by the roots.

 

The fragile flame

held in the heart,

it joins us all,

love to love.

The human voice,

our flame the song,

so fierce its flame,

it cries out love,

so far off,

yet calling,

to lives on distant shores.

 

We gaze at love,

love gazes back;

see, love’s tears

burn on the ground,

love catches fire from our pain.

 

The fragile flame

held in the heart,

it joins us all,

love to love.

The human voice,

our flame the song,

so fierce its flame,

it cries out love

approaching,

and calling

to lives that cry for song.

 

We’re drawn to light, drawn to the heart,

drawn to this music, fire of song;

our fears transform, through music’s pain,

to fire of life, compassion, flame.

 

The fragile flame

held in the heart,

it joins us all,

love to love.

The human voice,

our flame the song,

so fierce its flame,

it cries out love

approaching

and calling,

a healing song of life.

Euan Tait

SEE ALSO

 

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Kim André Arnesen

"...music of high quality and sophistication that’s both satisfying and accessible…"

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