Music/lyrics

The songs are poems of mine that have been set to music, the first three by Richard Lane, the last by Drew Stoltzfus. To listen to a song, click on its title.

 

The Weight of Winter -Music by Richard Lane, conductor NJ Symphony

Again the slender maple

Flames red and alders yellow.

Autumn deepens to the weight of winter.

Now we have reached the season

When we warm ourselves in the lengthening

Shadows of slumbering trees

Harboring the blossoms of spring.

 

 

The Center of the Heart – Music by Richard Lane

Some things are so beautiful

To hold them is to bring

The sun to the center of the heart

These things on the tongue

Of the pages I hold

These things in the eye

Of the spinning earth.

These things once said

Are again and again

Persimmon, rose, and cinnabar.

Some things are so beautiful

To hold them is to die.

 

 

October Longing – Music by Richard Lane

Now in your October longing

Maples flame like blood

And wild geese fly like snow.

Apples upon the table reveal

Their red and ecstatic fragrance.

What meaning there is is

In our country room.

What meaning there is is

A window opening,

A rosebud in the afternoon.

 

 

A Humanist Code of Ethics – music by Drew Stoltzfus, Goshen College

Do no harm to the earth, she is your mother.

Being is more important than having.

Never promote yourself at another’s expense.

Hold life sacred; treat it with reverence.

Allow each person the dignity of his or her labor.

Open your home to the wayfarer.

Be ready to receive your deepest dreams;

sometimes they are the speech of unblighted conscience.

Always make restitution to the ones you have harmed.

Never think less of yourself than you are.

Never think that you are more than another.

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