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Same Birds

"Three Crows Arguing on a Branch"
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A sassy frolic about deep listening, the cry of existence, and a congregation of rowdy birds
Commissioned by North Central ACDA for the 2016 High School Honor Choir
Poet/Lyricist: 
David Allan Evans

Packed with tight blues harmonies, snappy syncopations, and musical mischief, Same Birds delivers a gaggle of glee. Its surprisingly ethereal conclusion layers diverse birdcalls over the simple, gentle mandate: "Listen."

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Waking Up

David Allan Evans

for Jan
    
We wake up again to the sound
of those same birds just

outside our window. I can’t
name them, wouldn’t need to

if I could, but only guess
what they seem to be

saying over and over.     
Listen: We are here,

we are here,
we are here.

Composer's Note: 

In Same Birds, I give singers permission to play around with vowels! The most prominent example of this vowel fun is on the word “same,” as its bluesy, two-syllable melisma begs for a juicy “long a-long e” dipthong. Yes, I know this dipthong is verboten in classical music, but try it anyway! It's the only way to find your inner crow.

This song's off-kilter jazz voicings, angular melodies and punchy entrances contrast with the glorious, full-bodied pronouncement: “We are here.” In these three words lie the deep truth of the song. We ourselves are those birds: quirky and idiosyncratic and annoying and transcendent and totally here.

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* Premiere: NC-ACDA High School Honor Choir / Paul D. Head (Sioux Falls, SD)

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