One of my very favourite of pieces, by Stephen Paulus and Michael Dennis Browne. For all who have ever felt lost.
The Road Home
Tell me, where is the road I can call my own,
That I left, that I lost, so long ago?
All these years I have wandered, oh, when will I know
There’s a way, there’s a road that will lead me home?
After wind, after rain, when the dark is done.
As I wake from a dream in the gold of day,
Through the air there’s a calling from far away,
There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home.
“Rise up, follow me, come away,” is the call,
“With the love in your heart as the only song;
There is no such beauty as where you belong:
Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.”
The final song in our spring choir concert tonight is an old gospel classic that’s a fun conclusion to a concert all about interacting with nature.
One of the more interesting songs on our choir program’s spring concert tomorrow night is a piece by Winnepeg composer Andrew Balfour. The text, sung in Ojibway, translates:
Come in two-legged beings
Come in all people
The way of a good life is here
It’s spring choir concert season and this week sees us in final rehearsals for our performance Friday night. One of the pieces I love most on the program this year is Canadian composer Brian Tate’s setting of an Emily Carr poem that captures the stillness of nature, beautifully.
Visual and auditory gift from Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. It’s amazing to see the landscape that inspired the composition.
A favourite song that seems fitting for spring, sung by a favourite choir – here is “You Are The New Day” by Bob Chilcott sung by the Stellenbosch University Chamber Choir.
We are participating tonight in the Nanaimo Carol Festival, a wonderful community concert with nine different local choirs and lots of in-between carol singing. I think my favourite song in the repertoire of the choir I accompany this year is a new arrangement by Jordan Sparkman of “Here We Come A-Caroling” published this year. On this night of caroling for us, it feels like the right piece to share here.