Beloved, My Home
2007, for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass & Piano
Length: 3:45 minutes
Revision: 1
Difficulty: Moderate
Cost per Copy: $2.25

I wrote Beloved, My Home for my parents' 50th anniversary.  It was premiered by the choir at their church, Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church.

Fellow Unitarian Universalist Martha Kirby Capo wrote the text for this piece.  I was seeking a text that honored marriage, through both the easy and the difficult times.  I did not want a piece that was sanguine, for my father was struggling with late stage Parkinson's disease, and my mother's side of the marriage had evolved to the role of the caretaker.  It turned out that Martha's in-laws had recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, and her father-in-law suffered from Parkinson's disease too.  I found the message her text offered was absolutely perfect for what I sought to communicate in the piece:

by Martha Kirby Capo

Our lives have been a sacrament,
Each to the other.
I added my breath to your breath,
And mingled my soul with your own.
No matter what roads we did travel,
Beloved, in you, was my home.

Our lives have been a sacrifice,
Each with the other.
Our branches, entwined, intersect;
Entangled, my roots are your own.
No matter what roads we now travel,
Beloved, in you, is my home.

Our lives have been a sacred gift,
Each for the other.
Enshrined in my heart, be at rest;
Enfolded, your heart is my own.
No matter what roads we will travel,
Beloved, in you, I've come home.

This was our first collaboration together, and since then Martha and I have worked together on a number of other pieces.

Beloved, My Home was written in 2007.

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