It's strange about stars... (2014)
for SSAA choir | 00:03:00
by Melissa Dunphy | text by Lola Ridge
Short song for intermediate women's choir.
See this post for more information about the development of this work.
"There’s much beauty to be found in Melissa Dunphy’s “It’s Strange About Stars …” [Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities Pioneer Press]It's strange about stars ...
You have to be still when they look at you.
They push your song inside of you with their song.
Their long silvery rays
sink into you and do not hurt.
It is good to feel them resting on you
like great white birds...
and their shining whiteness
doesn't burn like the sun —
it washes all over you
and makes you feel cleaner'n water.
—From Sun-Up [IV. Betty] by Lola Ridge (1920)
Other Lola Ridge songs:
Shadows over a cradle...
Different kinds of shadows
It isn't a dream...
Artwork by NASA
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