Things My Grandpa Said for Vocal Octet
“Things My Grandpa Said” is an incomplete set of four pieces that play with old proverbs you may have heard your own grandfather say. Each song is designed to provoke an emotion or memory associated with its particular phrase. In “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder,” I imagine my grandpa writing letters to my grandma during WWII. Or I remember how hard it was for my family when he passed away. In “For This Too Shall Pass” a celestial voice (perhaps a long-missed grandfather or the divine Spirit itself) offers words of comfort and hope to someone struggling with a tragic event.
I. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
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IV. For This Too Shall Pass