Where Beauty Comes From

Where Beauty Comes From (2010)

SATB, piano
Commissioned for Healing and Hope Through Song, a program of the American
Composers Forum, with partial funding provided by Saint Paul Cultural STAR.
Premiered by the Minnesota Boychoir, Mark Johnson, Artistic Director.

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Text:

Lying on our backs, somewhere
a guitar plays
we sing along, no words,
just a song all our own.

Sometimes the only thing moving
are your eyes,
blinking
to the beat of a drum.
What song do you see?
A darting bird? The sun’s hello?
Where beauty comes from?

We flicker like fireflies, we shine
Stars to guide us above,
we all want to matter, just want
To be loved.

Breathe in and hold it
breathe out and let it go
Sometimes we’ve got to improvise,
just sing a song all our own.

sometimes I’ve got to back away
sometimes I need to hear you say
this with me

sometimes my life’s
an uncertainty
but one day I’ll make all
the difference, you will see
in the world
you will see

close your eyes now, imagine
how this world could spin
open them and tell me
where beauty comes from

breathe in
and hold it
breathe out...

- Julia Klatt Singer