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Lift Every Voice

[First published in Broad Street Review 28 Nov 2017 and reprinted by permission.] It was 2015 and I was staring up at another deadline. The art-song group Lyric Fest, with whom I was enjoying a season as their first resident composer, had asked me to write a work for...

Melody and Myth

[First published in Broad Street Review, 27 Oct 2015.] The sound a rooster makes is the sound a basement door makes when it is earnestly trying to open, and the sound a car makes when it is vainly trying to stop, just before the crash. It is jackals at night. It is...