for SSAATTBB chorus, 2 laptops. ca. 50 min.
Soprano: Rebecca Ruescher, Emily Willick
Alto: Lexi Ligon, Gabriella Rodriguez
Tenor: Hannah Goodwillie, David Wang
Bass: Anthony Narag, Josh Young
Laptop: Jamie Sandel
Composed and conducted by Tomal Hossain (‘17)
Audio Recording/Mixing: Dan Richardson
Video Recording/Editing: Joshua Baum
Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College
Friday, January 27, 2017, 8pm
I. “Child-Like Innocence”Chakra: Mooladhara (innocence, wisdom) Raga: Hamsadhwani
Text: From the Source to the Source, no. 309
Are divinely one
II. “A Creative Newness-Satisfaction”Chakra: Swadishthan (pure knowledge, creativity)
Raga: Miyan ki Todi
Text: Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 19, no. 1825
O my doubting mind,
You are indeed a destructive
O my crying heart,
You are indeed a creative
Mvmt. III: “The Secret of Contentment”Chakra: Nabhi (satisfaction, peace)
Text: Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 73, no. 7277
The secret of contentment
Give what you have,
Your mind's poise,
And become aware of what you truly are,
A perfect choice and immortal voice
Mvmt. IV: “Compassion-Eye”Chakra: Anahat (love, compassion)
Text: Sail my heartbeat sail, part 1 no. 62
My Lord, connect my heart-wings
To Your Compassion-Eye-Light;
I shall fly and fly far beyond
The domain of ignorance-night.
Mvmt. V: “Kindness Is Not Blindness”Chakra: Vishuddhi (diplomacy, kindness)
Text: Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 3, no. 239
Kindness is not blindness.
Kindness is oneness-awareness.
Blindness is failure:
Failure within, failure without.
Mvmt. VI: “Forgiveness”Chakra: Agnya (forgiveness, resurrection)
Text: from the book Forgiveness
O Forgiver of all my shortcomings,
A new hope is being born in my heart.
I shall cry from today on
To grow into Perfection’s beauty-delight.
Mvmt. VII: “At Last I Shall Listen”Chakra: Sahasrara (self-transcendence, integration)
Text: from The Dance of Life, part 1
At Last I Shall Listen
My past is heavy with
A frightened thought
My fast-approaching future
I have the body and soul
Of hope completely in my
I shout at the top of my lungs.
My soul embodies the weight of
At last I am now learning the art of listening
“Son, in your soulful silence is
My fruitful message,