Notes on Music at our Dec 10 Service

​​Notes from UUFE Choir Director, Ellen Grunden
i choose love music cover

Soloist Terron Quailes

Our soloist today is Terron Quailes.  Mr. Quailes is a native of Easton and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Salisbury University in Music, with an emphasis on Vocal Performance.   He is known to local theatre groups and congregations and also to the many regional nonprofit groups to which he has donated his talents over the years.  He is a member of the company of Sight and Sound Theatres at its Pennsylvania location and is currently performing in  the production The Miracle of Christmas. 

I Choose Love

This week, we sing “I Choose Love” again as our collective final affirmation.   I received so many comments after we sang this lovely song on November 26  – most of which expressed how moved people were not only by Lindy Thompson’s powerful lyrics, but by the explanation of how and when the song was written.  (Dedicated to Emmanuel AME  Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this piece was written within days of the 2015 shootings and inspired by the forgiveness shown to the assailant by family members of one or more of the victims.)  At the next rehearsal, one of our choir members asked if we could end by simply singing it again and all of us seemed to find comfort in doing so. It occurred to me that the experience was one the congregation might also want/need to have more than once.  The song seemed appropriate to me for this week because it reminds us that even when along our journeys we encounter obstacles we neither anticipate nor welcome, we still have a choice in how to respond.

Make Them Hear You

“Make Them Hear You” is from the Broadway musical Ragtime based on the E.L. Doctorow novel of the same name.   Coalhouse Walker, a man possessed of such certainly in his beliefs that he is prepared to die for them, sings to his concerned supporters about how each of them can make a difference.

Song of the Open Road

 Rev. Browning reads and Mr. Quailes and the choir sing selected portions of Walt Whitman’s lengthier poem.   (Other selected portions of the poem can be found in the grey hymnal.) Mark Miller’s musical setting begins with simple certainly and builds to the affirmation of the goodness found within each of us.   “Allons!” (let’s go!)

The Road Not Taken

Recognizing part of the journey involves selecting the paths we travel, the choir will sing everyone out with the final stanza of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”


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