In early 2014 I was reading about a piece another composer wrote in which, like love.song, they took an open-ended phrase and crafted the text out of various completions of it they found via internet search results. After listening to that work I thought it might be an interesting exercise to try that process out myself and, at that moment, I heard someone say “He loved me because...” That seemed like it might yield some unique results so I plugged it into a search engine and discovered a beautiful constellation of humanity ranging from whimsical (“he loved me because he made me a mix tape”) to brutally honest confessions of spousal abuse (“he loved me because he took his gold sovereign rings off before he hit me”. love.song was the result of that process of gathering those anonymous responses into something of a narrative that runs the gamut of human experience.
love.song was commissioned by The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists in celebration of their 10th anniversary as well as the end of my 10-year tenure as Composer-In-Residence. It is dedicated with love and gratitude to all Singers past and present and especially to Artistic Director Matthew Culloton.