The then 17 year old composer was in a canoe fishing with his dad in Colorado when the inspiration for this great piece began. The music draws from the “shape-note” singing tradition featuring a hearty, strong sound, an imitative fuging section, melodic ornaments, open intervals, and doubling at the octave. It is unusual, in that the melody is in the bass part. The text by the composer draws on the hymn-writing style of the great theologians of the shape-note tradition, while it proclaims a more contemporary message of environmental stewardship. It has had an extensive pre-publication life that included performances by Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Christmas Revels, Village Harmony, and Northern Harmony.
"This is a gorgeous piece! The tenor part during the chorus is magnificent." review by: Kayla,
Featured on the following reading sessions 2017 | ACDA National Convention MN - Reading Session 2016 | University of South Dakota Choral Festival June 14-17, 2016 2016 | SW ACDA March 7-10, Kansas City, Missouri 2016 | California ACDA Summer Conference at ECCO - July 24-27th 2015 | All Carolina Select Choir and HS Choral Educators Summit at Wingate University 2015 | Arizona ACDA Summer Workshop 2015 | MS ACDA Summer Reading Session 2015 | Lake Junaluska Summer Reading Sesiion 2012 | CMEA Central Section in service day Reading Session 2012 | VA Wesleyan & Massanetta Springs Reading Session