Race

6. I, too, Sing America (Choral)

 "I, too, Sing, America" is a piece set to the text of Langston Hughes Poem, "I, too, Sing America." The Text is as follows:    "I, too Sing America.

                     I am the darker brother.

                    They send me to the kitchen when company comes,

                     but I laugh and eat well and grow strong.

                     Tomorrow, I'll be at the table when company comes.

                     Nobody'll dare say to me eat in the kitchen then.

                     Besides, They'll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed.

                     I, too Sing America."

7. I want Jesus to walk with me (Solo voice and piano)

        " I want Jesus to Walk with Me" Is a traditional, Negro Spiritual tune that the composer arranged for high voice and piano. The text is as follows:

"I want Jesus to Walk with me. While I'm on this pilgrim Journey, I want Jesus to walk with me."

8. Soon ah will be done arr.  (Solo voice and piano)

        " Soon Ah WIll be Done" is a traditional Negro Spiritual that the composer arranged for bass voice and piano.

9. Songs for the African Violet Song Cycle (Solo voice and piano)

     "Songs for the African Violet" is a song cycle about Black Women. Black Women are considered the African Violet in this Cycle. The Text to each song is as follows:

Home

Home 

 

She is Home. 

She is Familiar.

Her skin is a reflection of the home land.

 

Brown, like the soil

Brown, like the clay

Brown, like the Earth, but much richer!

 

Her presence is the essence you crave

when you have gone,

 when you've wandered so far from home .

 

She is the bearer of all mankind ! 

Her womb has carried humanity!

Her back has felt the pain of the world!

Her eyes have cried the sorrow and pain of her ancestors!

She is the foundation of your being!

She birthed generations and they hate her,

But she's still strong 

But she still grows 

But yet she's radiant 

She is Home !

 

 

 

Is it Fair?

 

Is it Fair?

Is it Fair?

Is it fair that the lack of fair skin 

defines the way she navigates through life?

Is it Fair?

Is it fair that the color of her skin means attitude and not assertiveness?

Is it fair?

She's in a cycle and a system that binds her to fulfill stereotypes.

Is it fair? 

Is it fair?

Is it fair?

Is it fair?

No, it isn't !

Flowers

Flowers, water your flowers. Flowers water them,

for you never know when you'll ever see your flowers again.

Flower, She is a flower. Flower, she is!

She is a flower that flows in the wind, plucked from the ground.

African Violet, How we have wronged you! 

We took your beauty selfishly, harvesting your charm.

African Violet, Oh how we mourn you, for once you were so radiant,

but now your lifeless. how could we leave you lifeless, expecting  you to grow.

Everyone loves the African Violet, until they've been completely plucked.

Flowers, water your flowers. Flowers water them,

for you never know when you'll ever see your flowers again.

Crowned

She stares in the mirror, Eyes filled with wishful thinking, Hoping and wishing Her hair would detangle itself.

Worn with the pressures of society. "Straighten it, Hide your hair!" No place to go, held low, eyes filled with despair. She doesn't know her hair sits high, because it is a crown! Let your hair defy gravity. You've been Crowned by God himself. Your crown won't flop less you make it flop. Your crown won't break less you break it. When you've been crowned by God himself, there's no way no Man can take it. You were born into royalty, and then told you're a slave, but one thing I know for certain dear is that they can't take your crown away!

Repertoire

Reality

1. Before Dawn  (Chamber Orchestra)     

          "Before Dawn" is a piece about the life of nocturnal animals before the sun rises. 

2. Oh Shenandoah (Wind and String Ensemble)

         "Oh Shenandoah" is a traditional American song. This arrangement is a beautiful approach to the classic.

3. Resistance (Brass Quintet)

         "Resistance" is a piece about the resistance of status quo placed on individuals making us all be the same. 

4. Busy (Flute and Piano)   

          "Busy" is a piece about the vast overwhelming thoughts that occur when experiencing busyness.

5. The Mind  (Orchestra Septet) 

          "The Mind" is a piece programmed to this text:

    "The Mind is a powerful yet dangerous place. We overthink ourselves into anger, which then turns into sorrow, but we find enough courage to believe we can overcome it and discover peace. It is in that peace, that we find happiness."

Religion

10. John 3:16 (Orchestral and Choral)

        "John 3:16" is a piece for chorus and orchestra set to the text of the scripture John 3:16. The text is as follows: 

            "For God so love the world, He gave His Son, and Whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but will have                           everlasting life."

 

11. Sweet Sweet Spirit arr. (Solo Voice and  Piano)

"Sweet Sweet Spirit" is an arrangement of a church classic hymn. The text is as follows:

   "There's a sweet sweet spirit in this place, and I know that its the spirit of the Lord. There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know they feel the presence of the Lord. Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet Heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with your love. And for these blessings, our hearts are filled with praise. Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived, when we shall see his face."

12. Give Me Jesus arr.  (Solo Voice and Piano)

   "Give Me Jesus" is an arrangement of a song written in the spiritual style. The text is as follows:

         "In the Morning when I rise, In the Morning when I rise, In the Morning when I rise,Give me Jesus. Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus, you may have all of dis world, give me Jesus. Oh When I come to die, Oh When I come to die, Oh When I come to die, Give me Jesus. Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus, you may have all of dis world, give me Jesus."

13. Prayer of Jabez  (Choral)

   "Prayer of Jabez" is a piece set to the text of the Prayer of Jabez from the bible. The text is as follows:

      " Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory. Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain."


14. In the Beginning  (Choral)

    "In the Beginning" is a choral piece about the creation of Earth. It tells a story of Creation and then the passing of dominion to Man. " The text is as follows:

"Out of the Dark, with nothing to behold, the Angels watched as God opened Heavens doors. In the Beginning God spoke and there was light! God made dry lands the seas and plants, sun moon stars all at his command! He placed fish in the water, birds in the sky, He made it all by his hand. In the beginning God made Adam, (He gave) dominion on Earth. Out of his rib God formed woman named (her) Eve.  God made it all by His hand. God saw it was very good. In the beginning when God finished, God took rest."

 


15. The Fall  (Choral)

"The Fall" is a piece that tells the story of the fall of man, the original sin in the garden of Eden. The text is as follows:

"Oh the Fall, oh my Lordy oh my Lordy! Now lets go way back to the beginning of time when God made Adam Eve the land and the skies, God gave Adam everything that He made, He said " You can have it all its all yours to take! You can have the animals on land and in sea and you can have the water everything that you see. God told Adam and Eve this last thing, He said " You can have it all but you can't have the tree!" The serpent, Oh now the serpent was much wiser than you think. He told poor Eve " Don't worry bout what God said bout that tree." (Eve) "But God said...." (serpent) "Don't you worry bout it!" (Eve) "...if we...." (serpent) "Just eat from the tree!" (Eve) "... eat this...." (serpent) "Come on now and try it!" (Eve) "... We'll die!" (serpent) "Just one little bite! If you eat from this tree, then much wiser you will be!"

Adam, now Adam had dominion of everything, but when it came to Eve , he lost all dominion of this thing. (Eve) Oh Adam, won't you eat from this tree? I was just walking through the garden and then a serpent told me "If you choose to eat from this tree, then you won't surely die!" Even though God forbid it, give it a try!" (Adam) Oh Eve why would you eat from the tree that was forbidden in the Garden? Death is what we will see! But if you just ate from this tree and you have not died, then why is it forbidden? I'll take a bite" (Narrator) Adam and Eve have chosen our fate, they listened to the evil serpent and now they can truly see God meant yes He meant what He said and now he's drawing nigh! You better be ready, and this is why! Story of the Fall of Man.


16. Wade in the Water arr.  (Choral )

" Wade in the Water" is an arrangement of the Negro Spiritual Wade  in the Water. This song was used as code to the slaves escaping from freedom. The hiding in the water would make them lose scent, creating a more difficult task for the dogs to find them. The text is as follows:

"Wade in the Water, Wade in the Water Children, Wade in the Water, God's gonna trouble the water. You know I stepped in the water, the water was cold, God's gonna trouble the water. Said it chilled my body, but not my soul, God's gonna trouble the water!"

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