Title Track from OCTET ensemble’s album debut featuring soprano Mellissa Hughes.
The poem Scatter My Ashes is by my sister Sue Susman. I originally set this poem for voice and piano. It was subsequently arranged for OCTET ensemble. I like the sound of these words, their message and the movement they create in their meaning and story. I try to let the music capture the narrative’s essence sculpting words into motion.
Scatter my ashes before I die.
Let me blow and fade
in the wind
Watch me dissolve in air.
Scatter my old bones.
I am keeping the young ones
fresh, strong the blood circles
and weaves me into a whole piece
with long slender red thread
buried under my skin.
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