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Raw Heart for SATB a cappella

Shruthi Rajasekar Text by Danielle Sosin from The Long-Shining Waters


Text: The sun is warm, the horizon soft and vague. The air is cool. She sends out her raw heart. Circling rings expand with light. She feels open and sore as she stands before the light, the Great Spirit, the essence, the mystery. Legs and feet tingle as she stretches tall. Pine-filled air, rhythm of prayer, slightly swaying. As she stretches, heat rises. When she stands her full height, the world goes mute. She encompasses everything.

-Excerpts from The Long-Shining Waters © Danielle Sosin, 2011

Program Note: In Danielle Sosin's beautiful novel, this quiet excerpt spoke to me the most: the character has faced several difficulties and, in the process, has lost sight of herself. This scares her more than anything; she wakes up feeling especially low. But by focusing on the light dancing on the lake and its calm waters, the smell of the pine trees, and the energy in her own body, she is able to calm herself in that moment. Her external stressors are very real, and won't necessarily go away, — she finds but by meditating mediating--—by giving herself the gift of the present-her own peace. -Shruthi Rajasekar, 2018 Composition © Shruthi Rajasekar 2016. Text from The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2011). Copyright © 2011 by Danielle Sosin. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions. milkweed.org


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SATB a cappella Excerpts from The Long-Shining Waters By Danielle Sosin

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