Here Comes the Sun!

George Harrison’s song, “Here Comes the Sun,” composed in a lovely English garden, features lyrics that are so appropriate as we emerge from the devastation of the pandemic: “Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces. Here comes the sun, And I say, ‘it’s all right.'” I recently heard my four-year old granddaughter sweetly sing these lyrics as we were together for the first time in almost a year. How wonderful it was!

The sun’s rays bringing new life to trees, flowers, and plants is so welcome this summer. Those same beams will delight sunbathers and swimmers who hit the beaches and those enjoying outdoor activities, picnics, and backyard barbecues. Music will capture the warmth of the sun too as choirs and congregations begin to take off masks and sing! How inspiring is the burning presence of the heart and soul as we make music together after such a long time! There are so many problems to solve in the world, but for a brief moment through our music–making, we can inspire hope for the future. “Here comes the sun, And I say, ‘it’s all right.'”

Children’s voices best capture the brightness and warmth of life around us. Here is a performance of All Things Bright and Beautiful that I know will bring you joy! You can also view the performance on YouTube. The performers are the young Minnesingers of the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, Hickory, NC. My wife, Florence Jowers, is the conductor and Freda Herrell, the pianist.

Music of Consolation and Hope

View from Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer Camp, Jefferson, Maryland

Our Father, based on a haunting Slovak chant of the Lord’s Prayer, memorializes all who have died from violence and tragedy, including those from COVID-19. This work encapsulates the pathos and poignancy of our time.  If we are to heal as individuals and as a people, there is no better place to begin than with this prayer.  The performance is by Yale vocal artists. 

Here is my setting of the Beatitudes entitled, Blessed, available from MorningStar Music.   

When You Pass through the Waters depicts a biblical passage of comfort, Isaiah 43.  There are versions for unison, two-part, and SATB ensembles at MorningStar Music.