Imaginary Lines

SATB and 4-Hands Piano

The text for Imaginary Lines is a combination of edited versions of Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” and “Song of Myself.” I had initially wanted to make a version of the two texts which would empower young people to independence (after all, at some point they’re eventually headed off to "the real world”…whatever that is) . Unfortunately, it started to sound a bit selfish; just a person reveling in their newfound freedom without an appreciation for it. To that end I moved a few lines around and made the conclusion of the piece about bringing others to that amazing feeling of unrestrained optimism and opportunity instead of solely basking in it by yourself. In other words, it’s about empowerment but, ultimately, service. I feel like that’s a good message for anyone to hear every now and then and, hopefully, Whitman would agree with me.

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.