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ballad of 16

May 9, 2015 , , , , , ,

a98dda0d35491660af60daec30a959c9This piece was composed with the Young Adelaide Voices First Concert Choir of 2011. Together, we explored our 3-year-old, 6-year-old, 9-year-old, 11-year-old, 13-year-old, and 16-year-old selves. We shared disgusting stories, poignant memories, tender + beautiful pockets of time, and cringe-worth moments. We laughed until our bellies hurt at all the ridiculous things we said, or did, in our great wisdom at each of those milestones. And then came the words for “Ballad of 16,” and I knew I had something special. Words which resonated with fragility and strength, beauty and hope. Enough learning and life-experience to grow, but not so many knocks as to render us hopeless.

Here are the lyrics to the piece we created together…

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Ballad of 16

see me

do you see who I see?

perfectly composed and written, perfectly scored?

 

and do you see me, and hear me, brand new

many incarnations of the “me” in front of you?

I’m so different yet so much the same

do you recognise me, and not just by name?

though I may be older, and wiser

I’m changing every day

 

still so much to wonder

still so much to say

 

skating through life, sometimes bruising

having it all, sometimes losing

taking it back, piece by piece

hold responsibility

everything new and surprising

with every move, spirit rising

know all of me

learn to love

 

and do you see me, and hear me, brand new

many incarnations of the “me” in front of you?

I’m so different yet so much the same

do you recognise me, and not just by name?

though I may be older, and wiser

I’m changing every day

 

every day

I see I’m growing every day

I see that I am beautiful

I can recognise my own spirit

my heart is the one and the same.

 

a snippet of the score…

Ballad 16

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