Vital Dance | SATB or SSAA Chorus & Piano | 5'
This piece was commissioned by Eastern Tennessee State University Chorale (Matthew Potterton, Conductor).
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In bed, listening to the metronome in my ear, the tiny timekeeper
who will not let me sleep, taking life with each beat into the drum,
tap by tap, a Morse code message in a long-lost language.
Why do I sleep knowing that time will pass as I do? I am free to dance when Father Time is drowsy, lulled by the white coin in the sky, suspended
between heads or tails. In those moments, we wait, hold
our breath, and dance together in familiar emptiness from which we came and shall return one day, when our knees are weak and our hair a color
akin to the moon.
One two heads three four tails five six last seven eight day
—Abby N. Lewis,
from Reticent (Grateful Steps, 2016; used with permission).
early drafts & composing notes
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