Morning Thoughts is a performance piece for SATB and large ensemble based on crowd-sourced material of people's first thoughts in the morning. I asked friends, writers and friends who are writers to send me their first musings. They sent me a range of text from silly, stream of conscious phrases, to more serious questions of why we have to wake up in the morning. Themes of depression, body image, drug use and faith surfaced naturally. The musical motifs of this piece are distant interpretations of everyday sounds that imbue our morning worlds, highlighting the dreamlike state in which we wake up, allowing for moments of extreme honesty. I was deeply affected by the vulnerability of these raw musings, and a new sense of responsibility to share both these struggles and delights in my music.
I'm in the middle of developing 25 minutes of this piece that exists as a concert movement, which was reviewed by here by New York Music Daily.
I am grateful for dozens of anonymous contributors to this text, who have spurred me on to write music and given me reason to wake up in the morning.