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They Have Freckles Everywhere

Seven wildly diverse portraits of our bodies' amazing parts
Commissioned by Women in Harmony / Catherine Beller-McKenna
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

Seven wildly diverse musical portraits of our bodies’ amazing parts, based on children’s poems but composed for real women!  An aural and visual celebration of our physical nature, full of thoughtfulness, delight, and unbridled “genre hopping.”

Songs move freely between SA, SSA and SSAA voicings.  Individual movements may be performed separately.

Movements:
I. My Eyes
II. My Birthmark
III. My Legs
IV. My Brain
V. My Mouth
VI. My Fingers
VII. My Cheeks

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They Have Freckles Everywhere

Lyrics by Elizabeth Alexander, with students in the Hall Elementary School Many Rivers Program

1. My Eyes

My eyes are like an oval and an almond.
My eyes are like stones in the road.
My eyes are like a pool of water.

Ocean pieces glint in the sun like shining sapphire spheres.

Travel into two worlds of black.
Travel down into the depths of wonder, into my eyes.
My eyes are like fish swimming in a pond,
My eyes, warm like a blanket, cold as ice.

 

2. My Birthmark

My birthmark is
one lonely dot
on the bottom
of my foot.

 

3. My Legs

You always have them right underneath you.
Right underneath you, you have your legs.

I love my legs because I can wiggle them
and bend them right when I want to.
They can leap and run,
and jump on a bed,
pick me up from the ground.

They swing
back and forth
high and low.
I love to dance.

I love my legs because I can wiggle them
and bend them right when I want to.
Legs are what you use for walking,
kicking through the water,
playing on the playground.

I love my legs
for they can run and walk
    and wiggle and bend
        and shake and kick
             and swing and leap and dance:  My legs!

 

4. My Brain

My brain
Is an endless maze
A canoe floating down a quiet river.

Enter into the mists of thought,
Venture in to the distance,
into belief, desire, suffering, joy, pain
into wonder, into dreams —

My brain
Is an endless maze.

 

5. My Mouth

My mouth.

Blurting out
Sound.
A sea of
Sound.

Enough
to fill the soul.
Enough
to fill the world.

My mouth!

 

6. My Fingers

My fingers are short.
Very short.

 

7. My Cheeks

They have freckles everywhere.
My cheeks are very soft,
And they have freckles everywhere.
And my cheeks puff up,
And they have freckles everywhere.

Reviews and Responses: 

"My choir and I SOOOOOO enjoyed learning and performing these pieces this semester.  Not only that, but they were an audience favorite.  I heard so many positive comments about the Seven "Body Parts" pieces.  They were so much fun, and so well written."  Jessica Corbin, Artistic Director, Bella Voice Singers (Brooklyn, NY)

Performers: 

Complete Work:Women in Harmony
Women in Harmony / Catherine Beller-McKenna (Portland, ME)   * Premiere
Bella Voce Singers / Jessica Corbin (Brooklyn, NY)
Vox Musica / Daniel Paulson (Sacramento, CA)

Selections:
Mirabeau B. Lamar High School Chorale Women / Gail Land ~
          Texas Music Educators Convention (San Antonio, TX)
Olive Branch High School Women's Choir "Sapphire" / Joelle M. Norris ~
          ACDA Southern Division Conference (Memphis, TN)
Voca Lyrica / Virginia Kerwin ~ Big Rapids High School (Big Rapids, MI)

 

 

 

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