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Let it Matter

Cover image: "occupy Wall Street (the sound of free speech)" by Guy Denning. www.guydenning.org

A call to deep listening across cultural and class divides
Commissioned by Amasong Women's Chorus / Jill Crandall
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

A call to deep listening across cultural divides, crafted with grit, tenacity and passion.

 

* The SATB version of this song will receive its premiere on February 11, 2017 by VocalPoint, under the direction Jennifer Anderson.*

Video: "Let it Matter”
Performed by Amasong / Guest conductor Elizabeth Alexander

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Let it Matter

Elizabeth Alexander

You’ve got your own story –
You and everybody else have got a bone story,
Sunrise certain and touchstone true.
A homegrown story that you’ve known
    ever since you could say the words for
    “us” and “them” and “you.”

But every story’s got a flip side –
Underneath the surface there’s a rip tide
Powerful and yet denied.
To know the story of a stranger:
    That can be a mighty re-arranger –
    Let it be a downright game changer.

Chorus:
Let that story in. Let it matter.
Let it open up the prison of your mind.
There’s so much pain and glory in everybody’s story –
Let it matter. Let it in.

Let it lead to honest conversation.    
Let it shape the things you say and do.             
Let it be the bridge that heals a nation.     
No matter what you’ve been through,
Your own point of view
Is just a little part of what is true.
Don’t be afraid to let that story in.

(Chorus)

It’s about the fears that lead to fences.
It’s about the dreams that fall apart.
It’s about what builds up our defenses.
You’ve got to open your heart
Your most tender part
You’ll find yourself alone until you start –
Until you start to let that story in.

This is the work of justice,
This is the work of trust,
This is the work that is asked of us today.
No one would ever call this “easy listening” –
    Listen anyway.  Listen anyway.  Listen anyway.

(Chorus)

No one would ever call this “easy listening.”

Reviews and Responses: 

"Let It Matter greatly touched me in our current world. It seems ever more important every single day to listen to each others' stories...Thank you so much again for your beautiful music, sharing it with the world, your boundless energy and your palpable joy." Serra Vickery, Singer, VocalPoint

Performers: 

* PREMIERE: Amasong Women's Chorus / Jill Crandall

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