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* Finally On My Way To Yes (CD/mp3)

Performances by 10 diverse choruses
10 Poets & 2 Proverbs

Choral

Various http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/finally_on_my_way_to_yes_0.mp3

...or a musician

A mercurial musing on music’s mysterious source
Philip Dacey

SATB, orchestra

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/or_a_musician_0.mp3

A Palette To Paint Us As We Are

A moving tribute to our skins' true colors
Gerald Rich

SSA, piano
SATB, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/palette_to_paint_us_as_we_are_satb.mp3

April Rain Song

A little sleep-song, sung to the cadence of a gentle rain
Langston Hughes

SATB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/april_rain_song.mp3

As We Sing of Hope and Joy

A poetic chorale with engaging inner voices and a message of social justice.
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella

ME

Be Grateful, My Soul

A passionate testament to life's worth, even in times of darkness
Norbert Čapek

SSSAA choir or quintet

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Be%20Grateful%20My%20Soul%20-%20Vassar%20College%20Women%27s%20Choir%20-%20Christine%20R%20Howlett%20conductor%20-%20excerpt_0.mp3

Before the Bread

A canonic setting of a traditional English blessing
English folk prayer

SATB a cappella
SSSS a cappella

ME

Being Who You Are

A lighthearted romp affirming individual differences (with a touch of Shakespeare)
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano,
& misc. percussion

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/being_who_you_are.mp3

Bells in the High Tower

A beloved Hungarian carol with new English lyrics
Hungarian carol / Howard Box

SATB, piano

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/bells_in_the_high_tower.mp3

Beware the Winter Settlin' In

Irish midwinter merrymaking, full of welcome and cheer
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB chorus, Celtic band, and children's choir (opt.)

MA

Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs

A meditation on the true meaning of resurrection
Michael deVernon Boblett

SATB a cappella
SATB, orchestra

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_a_cappella.mp3

Calm the Tempests of My Heart

An invocation asking for peace within one's own heart
Søren Kierkegaard

2, 3, or 4-part chorus

E

Caterpillars Crawl

A humorous look at the daunting act of "going out on a limb"
Elizabeth Alexander

SA children's choir, piano

ME

Cherish Your Doubt

An affirmation of doubt, that vital component of belief
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/cherish_your_doubt_ssaa.mp3

Children, Go Where I Send Thee

A vibrant "call and response" arrangement of this enduring favorite
African-American Spiritual

SA children's choir, soloist, piano

E

Climb

A rapturous call to freedom and risk
Edna St. Vincent Millay

SSATB, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/climb.mp3

Create a Song Once More

St. Cecilia's words to King David after his fall from grace
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/create_a_song_once_more.mp3

Die Gedanken Sind Frei

A centuries-old protest song, recast with wit and defiance!
16th c. German protest song / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
Duet: Alto, baritone, piano

ME

Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door

A feast of old-time gospel offering welcome and acceptance
Norman V. Naylor

SATB a cappella

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/do_not_leave_your_cares_at_the_door.mp3

Doors

A sweeping embrace of all heart-opening things: poems, mistakes, rain...
Dawna Markova

SSA, cello, piano

MA

Dragon Dance

Reflections on a Chinese dragon's many feet, with a "Partner Song" finale
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/dragon_dance.mp3

Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm

A powerful setting of an Israeli poet’s longing for peace
Yehuda Amichai

SATB a cappella

A http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/even_a_fist_was_once_an_open_palm.mp3

Everyday Sorrows, Everyday Joys

Five songs about the ups and downs of life
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano, woodblocks
SA, elementary orchestra

ME

Faith Is the Bird That Feels the Light

A soulfully inflected affirmation, with a dazzling final chord
Rabindranath Tagore

SSA a cappella

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/faith_is_the_bird_that_feels_the_light_ssa.mp3

Fighting Over What We Believe

A bold meditation on conflict, communication and compassion
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, SAB youth choir, piano
SATB, soloists, piano
SSA, SAB youth choir, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/fighting_over_what_we_believe_satb_%26_soloists.mp3

Finally On My Way To Yes

A gutsy celebration of life's rough lessons
Pesha Gertler

SSATB, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/finally_on_my_way_to_yes_0.mp3

Folks, I'm Telling You

Hard truth and deep love, delivered with edgy jazz harmonies and blues-inflected lines
Langston Hughes

SSATB, piano

MA

For So the Children Come

A moving celebration of new life.
Sophia Lyon Fahs

SATB, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/for_so_the_children_come.mp3

Give Me a Laundry List (and I'll set it to music)

A lighthearted spin on Rossini's famous boast
Giaocchino Rossini / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella
SSAA a cappella

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/give_me_a_laundry_list.mp3

Glen Song

A playful ode to what's really important…love, of course!
Scott Bates

SSATB, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/glen_song.mp3

Go Out! (Concert-Length Work)

A poetic and fiesty tribute to Liberal Religion and Freedom of Thought
Centuries of Strong-Minded People

A variety of vocal
& choral forces

Various

Go Out! (Individual Song)

A rousing song of commission, with an "anti-hellfire-and-brimstone" message
John Murray (as rendered by Alfred S. Cole)

SATB, piano

M

How To Sing Like a Planet

A genre-defying "instruction manual," as whimsical as the singing planet which inspired it
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
TTB, piano

M-MA

I Write This Poem Out Of Darkness

An isolated poet offers words of struggle and connection to her imagined readers
George Ella Lyon

SSA, flute, violin & piano
(Chorus or vocal trio)

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/i_write_this_poem_out_of_darkness.mp3

If You Can Walk You Can Dance

A contagiously joyful Latin dance song
Zimbabwean proverb

SAB, piano, claves
SATB, piano, claves
SSA, piano, claves
TBB, piano, claves

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/if_you_can_walk_you_can_dance_sab.mp3

Immortal Love

A contemplative modal chorale reminiscent of early American hymns
John Greenleaf Whittier

SATB a cappella

E http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/immortal_love.mp3

In the Lonely Midnight

A new setting of a classic and relevant Christmas lyric
Theodore Chickering Williams

SATB, piano

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-in-the_lonely_midnight_satb_%26_piano.mp3

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

An intimate arrangement of a Christmas favorite
Polish carol / Elizabeth Alexander

SSA a cappella

ME

Into the Silent Darkness

An atmospheric work praising the mystery of Creation
Richard S. Gilbert

SATB, violin, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/into_the_silent_darkness.mp3

Jó!

A historic decree of tolerance is celebrated with Eastern European vigor
Edict of Torda / King John Sigismund III

SSA (woman's choir or trio)

M

Jump!

A sonic experience of jumping, falling, and flying!
Ray Bradbury

SSA, narrator, string quartet

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/jump.mp3

Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith

An ecstatic and introspective work inspired by six sources of religious wisdom and mystery
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB and piano
OR
SATB and chamber ensemble

MA

Let it Matter

A call to deep listening across cultural and class divides
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano

M

Life is not a Garden

A complex view of the world, both upbeat and real
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/life_is_not_a_garden_ssaa.mp3

Look To This Day!

An exuberant setting of a Hindu poet's celebration of the present moment
Kalidasa

SATB, organ, orchestral chimes

M

Love is the Spirit of this Church

A spirited affirmation of religion's core value
Tony Larsen & Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, soloists, piano, opt. band

M

May This Be a Working Alleluia

A "roll up your sleeves" embrace of gratitude, work, healing and joy
Elizabeth Alexander

S children's choir, SATB,
& piano
(Optional: flute, 2 trumpets)

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/may_this_be_a_working_alleluia.mp3

No Other People's Children

A participatory experience affirming the belovedness of all people
Elizabeth Alexander

1-4 part choir, soloists, congregation, piano

E

One More Redeemer

A warm-hearted affirmation of the divine spark in each child
Rob Eller-Isaacs & Bill Neely

SATB a cappella

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/one_more_redeemer.mp3

One More Step

A richly imagined arrangement of a visionary protest anthem
Joyce Poley

SATB, spoken voices, piano

MA

Only a Couple Fishes

An animated retelling of the Loaves and Fishes story, with "generosity" at its core
Elizabeth Alexander

2-4 part children's choir, piano

M

Pages (from "Kindling")

The movement from "Kindling" honoring our own and others' prophetic words and deeds, full of hope and resolve
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano

M

Praise Wet Snow Falling Early

A meditation on darkness, transcendence and hope.
Denise Levertov

SATB, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/praise_wet_snow_falling_early.mp3

Pure Light beyond Light

Ancient and modern invocations of the Holy, filled with reverence, mystery and illumination
Mozarabic prayer, Hildegard von Bingen, Rob Eller-Isaacs

SATB

M

Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery

A compelling look at the timeless institution of human slavery
Elizabeth Alexander

SSAA a cappella

MA

Same Birds

A sassy frolic about deep listening, the cry of existence, and a congregation of rowdy birds
David Allan Evans

SATB a cappella

MA

Shelter This Candle

Evocative vocal effects creating a world of utter darkness and dazzling light
Edna St. Vincent Millay

SATB, oboe, horn, cello, harp

A http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/shelter_this_candle.mp3

Song of Kabir

A luminous song of wholehearted devotion
Kabir

SATB a cappella

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Song%20of%20Kabir%20-%20Unity%20Singers%20-%20Ruth%20Palmer.mp3

Song of the Five Thousand

The canonic "table grace" refrain from Only a Couple Fishes
Elizabeth Alexander

1-4-part chorus/congregation

 

E

Songs of Youth

An exploration of the thrill (and impatience!) of growing up
Elizabeth Alexander

SAB, piano (opt: vibraphone)
SSA, piano (opt: vibraphone)

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/songs_of_youth_movt_1_sab.mp3

Spring Grass

The first dance of spring: tweedle-dum and fiddle-dee-dee!
Carl Sandburg

SATB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/spring_grass.mp3

Spring Revels

Three evocative songs of spring
e. e. cummings, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg

SATB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3

Sue Loves Butter

An exuberant toast to friendship, fun, and everyone's favorite comfort food
Elizabeth Alexander

SSA, piano

M

The Earth Called To My Friend

A song of memorial that heartily embraces the vitality of life
Nancy Wood

SSA, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/earth_called_to_my_friend.mp3

The Gate is Open

Sister Peronne Marie Thibert

SATB a cappella

M

The Journey

A reminder of the power of faith to shine through difficult times
Evelyn K. Dudley

SATB a cappella
TTBB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/journey_satb.mp3

The People Build a Home

Eileen Karpeles, adapted

SATB, spoken word artists, piano

M

They Have Freckles Everywhere

Seven wildly diverse portraits of our bodies' amazing parts
Elizabeth Alexander

SSAA, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/they_have_freckles_everywhere_7_my_cheeks.mp3

Things That Go Bump in the Night

A courageous and funny journey from dusk to dawn
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano, flute
SATB, piano, flute

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/things_that_go_bump_in_the_night-movement_1-and_the_moon_is_listening.mp3

This is What Democracy Looks Like

A teachable, rally-ready song licensed through Creative Commons
Elizabeth Alexander

Unison voices

E

Those Who Wish To Sing Always Find a Song

The joy of "tra-la-la" (In nine languages!)
Swedish proverb

SSA, oboe, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/those_who_wish_to_sing_always_find_a_song_0.mp3

To Make a Prairie

A delicate setting of Dickinson's timeless poem about dreams and creation
Emily Dickinson

SSA, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/to_make_a_prairie.mp3

Tomorrow, God Willing

A full-hearted offering of Lake Wobegon wisdom
Garrison Keillor

TTBB a cappella

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/tomorrow_god_willing_ttbb.mp3

Tree Song

A reflection on the generosity and interdependence of trees
George Ella Lyon

SSA, cello, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/tree_song.mp3

Trust the Seeds

A meditation on the faith of seed-planting
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella
SATB, flute, oboe, piano
SATB, orchestra

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/trust_the_seeds_satb_0.mp3

We Lift Up Our Hearts

A prayer of thanks, simple and true
Richard Fewkes

S (children's choir), SATB, piano

E http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/we_lift_up_our_hearts.mp3

We Need Each Other

A rhythmic celebration of interdependence, ideal for lively processionals or recessionals
Susan Gittler, adapted

SATB, djembe or low drum

ME

We Remember Them

A tender setting of "A Litany of Remembrance"
Rabbis Sylvan Kamens / Jack Riemer

SATB, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/we_remember_them.mp3

when faces called flowers float out of the ground

A whimsical (and amorous!) song of spring
e. e. cummings

SATB a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled

A rhythmic and relevant best-seller about the true “work of Christmas”
Howard Thurman

SATB a cappella
SSAA a cappella
TTBB a cappella
SATB, flute

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_the_song_of_the_angels_satb.mp3

Where There Is Light In the Soul

A rich affirmation of Light, Beauty, Harmony, Honor and Peace
Chinese proverb

SAB a cappella
SATB a cappella
SSA a cappella
TTB a cappella

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/where_there_is_light_in_the_soul_sab.mp3

Why I Pity the Woman Who Never Spills

A gutsy, sensual song in praise of messy women
Joan Wolf Prefontaine

SSAA a cappella

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-why_i_pity_the_woman_who_never_spills.mp3

Why I Sing

A sweet and funny ode to song, for singers and their trusty pitch pipes
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, 6 pitch pipes

M

Y Comienzo a Bailar ("And I Begin To Dance")

An intimate portrait of Dia de los Muertos
Elizabeth Alexander / Augustin Cadena

SATB, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/y_comienzo_a_bailar.mp3

You were meant for this:

A fierce and vibrant farewell to a dying friend
Teresa Schreiber Werth

SSAA a cappella, div.

MA

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