for SATB with piano
For many, music is a source of comfort in times of hardship. It is the one thing that always seems to be there no matter how empty one’s life may feel. The guiding light on a foggy day or an anchor in a stormy sea, music is there. I have encountered many moments in my life in which I felt music could be there for me when others could not. And no matter
how deep the wound, or painful the grief, music has always managed to wrap me within its warm embrace and comfort me. What is it about music that is so comforting to us all? Is it the sweet harmony, the meaning, the gentle melody? How can something innominate and indifferent appear to have feelings and be life like? How is it that people are brought to tears and transformed by this beautiful sound? Personally, music is a powerful and humbling reminder that there is something greater out there than all of us.
In addition to family and friends, music is one of those things that make this world a better place. Music is a life long friend that I am glad to have met. There have been opportunities that I have missed in life; however, I am blessed that I have not missed out on music. I am happy to say that; “There is music here” in my life. I only hope that I can pass on music to others as well.
-Zachary J. Moore
Song: There Is Sweet Music Here
Ensemble: USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Conductor: Dr. Jo-Michale Scheibe
There Is Sweet Music Here
There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,
Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentler on the spirit lies,
Than tir'd eyelids upon tir'd eyes;
Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.
Here are cool mosses deep,
And thro' the moss the ivies creep,
And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep,
And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep.
~Lord Tennyson Alfred (1809-1892)
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