Sing, Wearing the Sky

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5:00. SSAA choir, violin, piano, & percussion
 
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About the Work

Commissioned by ACDA-MN and MMEA for the 2014 Minnesota All-State Women’s Chorus. Mary Kay Geston, conductor.
 
Lalla, a 14th century Sufi-mystic poet from the Kashmir region of India, believed strongly in the development of the self while reaching enlightenment. The metaphor of dancing while feeling free or naked exemplifies the beauty of empowerment and self-worth. This work uses influences of Classical Indian music and other vocal effects to allow Lalla’s message to come to life.
 

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Text:

Various texts by Lalla

Meditate within eternity.
Don’t stay in the mind.

The soul, like the moon, is new
and always new again.

Since I scoured my mind and my body,
I too, Lalla, am new
each moment new.

My teacher told me,
“live in the soul.”
When that was so,
I began to go naked and dance!

Dance, Lalla, with nothing on but air.
Sing, Lalla, wearing the sky.

Look at this glowing day,
what clothes could be more beautiful or more sacred?