Sunday, June 11, the choir will perform a powerful and moving piece titled “The Road Home”. Composer Stephen Paulus took a 19th century folk tune called “The Lone Wild Bird” and adapted it to a modern choral setting. He asked his friend and colleague Michael Dennis Browne to write new words for it.
Mr Paulus writes on his website https://stephenpaulus.com:
The tune is taken from The Southern Harmony Songbook of 1835. It is pentatonic and that is part of its attraction. Pentatonic scales have been extant for centuries and are prevalent in almost all musical cultures throughout the world. They are universal. Michael crafted three verses and gave it the title “The Road Home.” He writes so eloquently about “returning” and “coming home” after being lost or wandering.
The theme of June 11th’s service is Hope. This simple and beautiful message embodies the hope of the wanderer to someday find herself on the Road Home.