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* Nature Creature (CD/mp3)

Songs on being alive in this world, with all its beauty and complexity
Lyon ~ Ignatow ~ Moore ~ Ammons ~ Erdrich ~ White ~ Hafiz

Voice, cello & piano

Various

A Garret of Old Playthings

Five Carl Sandburg songs, full of wistfulness, gumption and glee
Carl Sandburg

High voice, piano

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/garret_of_old_playthings_iv_spring_grass.mp3

A Love Like That (individual song)

A tender ballad of unconditional love
Hafiz / Daniel Ladinsky

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M

A Love Like That: Songs of Unconditional Love

Five awestruck songs of unconditional love
Silsbee ~ Emerson ~ Hafiz ~ Alexander ~ White

Low voice
Medium voice
High voice

M-MA

A Palette To Paint Us As We Are

A moving tribute to our skins' true colors
Gerald Rich

SSA, piano
SATB, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/palette_to_paint_us_as_we_are_satb.mp3

An Ark of Stars

A dynamic outpouring of loss...and hope
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, orchestra

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_2-ark_of_stars.mp3

April Rain Song

A little sleep-song, sung to the cadence of a gentle rain
Langston Hughes

SATB a cappella

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/april_rain_song.mp3

Be Grateful, My Soul

A passionate testament to life's worth, even in times of darkness
Norbert Čapek

SSSAA choir or quintet

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Be%20Grateful%20My%20Soul%20-%20Vassar%20College%20Women%27s%20Choir%20-%20Christine%20R%20Howlett%20conductor%20-%20excerpt_0.mp3

Being Who You Are

A lighthearted romp affirming individual differences (with a touch of Shakespeare)
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano,
& misc. percussion

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/being_who_you_are.mp3

Bells in the High Tower

A beloved Hungarian carol with new English lyrics
Hungarian carol / Howard Box

SATB, piano

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/bells_in_the_high_tower.mp3

Beware the Winter Settlin' In

Irish midwinter merrymaking, full of welcome and cheer
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB chorus, Celtic band, and children's choir (opt.)

MA

Caterpillars Crawl

A humorous look at the daunting act of "going out on a limb"
Elizabeth Alexander

SA children's choir, piano

ME

Cherish Your Doubt

An affirmation of doubt, that vital component of belief
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/cherish_your_doubt_ssaa.mp3

Climb

A rapturous call to freedom and risk
Edna St. Vincent Millay

SSATB, piano

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/climb.mp3

Die Gedanken Sind Frei

A centuries-old protest song, recast with wit and defiance!
16th c. German protest song / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
Duet: Alto, baritone, piano

ME

Doors

A sweeping embrace of all heart-opening things: poems, mistakes, rain...
Dawna Markova

SSA, cello, piano

MA

Dragon Dance

Reflections on a Chinese dragon's many feet, with a "Partner Song" finale
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/dragon_dance.mp3

Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm

A powerful setting of an Israeli poet’s longing for peace
Yehuda Amichai

SATB a cappella

A http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/even_a_fist_was_once_an_open_palm.mp3

Faith Is the Bird That Feels the Light

A soulfully inflected affirmation, with a dazzling final chord
Rabindranath Tagore

SSA a cappella

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/faith_is_the_bird_that_feels_the_light_ssa.mp3

Fighting Over What We Believe

A bold meditation on conflict, communication and compassion
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, SAB youth choir, piano
SATB, soloists, piano
SSA, SAB youth choir, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/fighting_over_what_we_believe_satb_%26_soloists.mp3

Finally On My Way To Yes

A gutsy celebration of life's rough lessons
Pesha Gertler

SSATB, piano

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/finally_on_my_way_to_yes_0.mp3

Folks, I'm Telling You

Hard truth and deep love, delivered with edgy jazz harmonies and blues-inflected lines
Langston Hughes

SSATB, piano

MA

Give Me a Laundry List (and I'll set it to music)

A lighthearted spin on Rossini's famous boast
Giaocchino Rossini / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella
SSAA a cappella

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/give_me_a_laundry_list.mp3

Glen Song

A playful ode to what's really important…love, of course!
Scott Bates

SSATB, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/glen_song.mp3

How To Sing Like a Planet

A genre-defying "instruction manual," as whimsical as the singing planet which inspired it
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
TTB, piano

M-MA

I Write This Poem Out Of Darkness

An isolated poet offers words of struggle and connection to her imagined readers
George Ella Lyon

SSA, flute, violin & piano
(Chorus or vocal trio)

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/i_write_this_poem_out_of_darkness.mp3

I'll Tell You A Story, then…

A pensive journey of discovery, about what it means to be fully human
Nancy White

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/ill_tell_you_a_story_then_low_voice.mp3

If You Can Walk You Can Dance

A contagiously joyful Latin dance song
Zimbabwean proverb

SAB, piano, claves
SATB, piano, claves
SSA, piano, claves
TBB, piano, claves

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/if_you_can_walk_you_can_dance_sab.mp3

Jump!

A sonic experience of jumping, falling, and flying!
Ray Bradbury

SSA, narrator, string quartet

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/jump.mp3

Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith

An ecstatic and introspective work inspired by six sources of religious wisdom and mystery
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB and piano
OR
SATB and chamber ensemble

MA

Life is not a Garden

A complex view of the world, both upbeat and real
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
SSAA, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/life_is_not_a_garden_ssaa.mp3

Look To This Day!

An exuberant setting of a Hindu poet's celebration of the present moment
Kalidasa

SATB, organ, orchestral chimes

M

My Aunt Gives Me a Clarinet Lesson

A spirited musical fantasy for all ages
Gregory Djanikian

Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

A http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/my_aunt_gives_me_a_clarinet_lesson.mp3

Nature Creature (musical score)

Songs on being alive in this world, with all its beauty and complexity
Lyon ~ Ignatow ~ Moore ~ Ammons ~ Erdrich ~ White ~ Hafiz

Low voice, piano, optional cello

MA

No One Gets A Program

A sassy take on a wise old saying
Dutch proverb / Elizabeth Alexander

Duet: 2 medium voices, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-no_one_gets_a_program..mp3

Oath Taking

A passionate and soulful plea for integrity in all things
Opal Palmer Adisa

High voice, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/oath_taking.mp3

On the Edge of the Water

An allegory of life's beauty, transience and continuity
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano

M

Praise Wet Snow Falling Early

A meditation on darkness, transcendence and hope.
Denise Levertov

SATB, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/praise_wet_snow_falling_early.mp3

Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery

A compelling look at the timeless institution of human slavery
Elizabeth Alexander

SSAA a cappella

MA

Same Birds

A sassy frolic about deep listening, the cry of existence, and a congregation of rowdy birds
David Allan Evans

SATB a cappella

MA

Shelter This Candle

Evocative vocal effects creating a world of utter darkness and dazzling light
Edna St. Vincent Millay

SATB, oboe, horn, cello, harp

A http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/shelter_this_candle.mp3

Sleep Song

Musings on the nature of a sleeping child
Ann Silsbee

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/sleep_song_high_voice_1.mp3

So Many Corners

Seven songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, orchestra
Soprano, piano

A http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_7-so_many_corners.mp3

Songs of Youth

An exploration of the thrill (and impatience!) of growing up
Elizabeth Alexander

SAB, piano (opt: vibraphone)
SSA, piano (opt: vibraphone)

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/songs_of_youth_movt_1_sab.mp3

Spring Grass

The first dance of spring: tweedle-dum and fiddle-dee-dee!
Carl Sandburg

SATB a cappella

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/spring_grass.mp3

Spring Revels

Three evocative songs of spring
e. e. cummings, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg

SATB a cappella

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3

Sue Loves Butter

An exuberant toast to friendship, fun, and everyone's favorite comfort food
Elizabeth Alexander

SSA, piano

M

The Earth Called To My Friend

A song of memorial that heartily embraces the vitality of life
Nancy Wood

SSA, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/earth_called_to_my_friend.mp3

The Gospel Isn't Written In the Bible Alone

An expansive embrace of the sacredness of all creation
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano
Medium/high voice, piano

M

The People Build a Home

Eileen Karpeles, adapted

SATB, spoken word artists, piano

M

They Have Freckles Everywhere

Seven wildly diverse portraits of our bodies' amazing parts
Elizabeth Alexander

SSAA, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/they_have_freckles_everywhere_7_my_cheeks.mp3

Things That Go Bump in the Night

A courageous and funny journey from dusk to dawn
Elizabeth Alexander

SA, piano, flute
SATB, piano, flute

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/things_that_go_bump_in_the_night-movement_1-and_the_moon_is_listening.mp3

This is What Democracy Looks Like

A teachable, rally-ready song licensed through Creative Commons
Elizabeth Alexander

Unison voices

E

Those Who Wish To Sing Always Find a Song

The joy of "tra-la-la" (In nine languages!)
Swedish proverb

SSA, oboe, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/those_who_wish_to_sing_always_find_a_song_0.mp3

Three Rose Ausländer Songs

Three songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, chamber orchestra

A http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_3-love.mp3

To Make a Prairie

A delicate setting of Dickinson's timeless poem about dreams and creation
Emily Dickinson

SSA, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/to_make_a_prairie.mp3

Tomorrow, God Willing

A full-hearted offering of Lake Wobegon wisdom
Garrison Keillor

TTBB a cappella

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/tomorrow_god_willing_ttbb.mp3

Tree Song

A reflection on the generosity and interdependence of trees
George Ella Lyon

SSA, cello, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/tree_song.mp3

Trouble in a Minnesota Town

A town's wild descent into madness — and mangos!
Neal Bowers

Medium/high voice, piano

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/trouble_in_a_minnesota_town.mp3

Trust the Seeds

A meditation on the faith of seed-planting
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB a cappella
SATB, flute, oboe, piano
SATB, orchestra

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/trust_the_seeds_satb_0.mp3

We Remember Them

A tender setting of "A Litany of Remembrance"
Rabbis Sylvan Kamens / Jack Riemer

SATB, piano

M http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/we_remember_them.mp3

when faces called flowers float out of the ground

A whimsical (and amorous!) song of spring
e. e. cummings

SATB a cappella

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3

Where There Is Light In the Soul

A rich affirmation of Light, Beauty, Harmony, Honor and Peace
Chinese proverb

SAB a cappella
SATB a cappella
SSA a cappella
TTB a cappella

ME http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/where_there_is_light_in_the_soul_sab.mp3

Why I Pity the Woman Who Never Spills

A gutsy, sensual song in praise of messy women
Joan Wolf Prefontaine

SSAA a cappella

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-why_i_pity_the_woman_who_never_spills.mp3

Why I Sing

A sweet and funny ode to song, for singers and their trusty pitch pipes
Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, 6 pitch pipes

M

Y Comienzo a Bailar ("And I Begin To Dance")

An intimate portrait of Dia de los Muertos
Elizabeth Alexander / Augustin Cadena

SATB, piano

MA http://seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/y_comienzo_a_bailar.mp3

You were meant for this:

A fierce and vibrant farewell to a dying friend
Teresa Schreiber Werth

SSAA a cappella, div.

MA

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