When I decided to move from Oklahoma to Ohio for my undergaduate studies, I could not have anticipated how much the distance between there and home would challenge me. Being a thousand miles away from my family and closest friends became a palpable emptiness that I often pictured as a geographic expanse between my heart and theirs. I wrote this poem as a way to reimagine my homesickness—to fill the distance with beautiful things that connected us. When I decided to transform this poem into a piece for choir, I wanted the voices to build a bridge of shiny, colorful, ever-shifting objects of music between moments of palpable silence.
“you & I”
you & I
build a pearly web over the space between us
to spin silks over paths traveled
to fill the shapes with an iridescent soapy film
on which we project the sky
Recorded live at Bowling Green State University on March 24, 2018.
March 24, 2018: Bowling Green State University
June 22, 2017: The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat in Dublin, New Hampshire
Please contact me if you are interested in performing this work.