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.