Sing with Me

I composed “Sing with Me” during the summer of 2020 as my own personal response to the relentless series of heartaches that we faced: the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the anguish of not being able to sing together, disturbing social justice issues… all of these tested our resolve. It is the first piece for which I have also written the text. At the time, I was unsure of what the fall semester would look like for my own choir. Would we be in person? If so, for how long? Would we have to transition back to online learning? Therefore, I designed the piece to be accessible and adaptable to whatever situation we faced. My wonderful students at EKU recorded it as a virtual choir; it premiered on YouTube on Monday, November 23, 2020 (see below). It is my wish that the message of hope and unity will resonate with all who sing or hear it.

Scoring: SATB, piano
Text: Richard Waters (see below)
Duration: 2:00
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music, CM 9765



Sing with me, as I sing with you,
Let the music revive us anew;
Yearning for beautiful harmony,
Come and sing with me.

All the world is longing for peace,
For all meaningless hatred to cease;
Joining together, your hand in mine,
Let our voices shine!

Dream with us, together as one,
For the day when the battle is done;
Fervently striving for unity,
Come and dream with me.

Come and sing with me.

(c) Copyright 2020 by Richard Waters. All rights reserved.