Advent music about Mary (part 2 of 2)

My Soul Proclaims (Magnificat)– from a live performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem, Oregon, 2011.

NOTE: Part one, which features a three-part a cappella song, “Never Before,” is available here.

The second installment in my Advent music about Mary is my setting of the Magnificat, a song found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke. Mary says (or, perhaps, sings) this canticle proclaiming God’s liberating action during a visit to her much older cousin, Elizabeth (who is pregnant with John the Baptist). Continue reading

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Advent music about Mary (part 1 of 2)

From This Place photo shoot

Photo: Janis Wilkins

NOTE: Part 2 is now available here.

One of the challenges of the month of December (for me, at least) is not skipping ahead to Christmas. My brain is focused on travel plans; how I’ll make my money stretch to purchase gifts for my loved ones; and seemingly endless ads trying to convince me of what I should be having and doing.

But I want to be living (at least internally) in the spirit of Advent, one where I’m waiting for the Christ to be born in this world, where I’m living in the present in a state of hopeful expectation. It’s kind of a delayed suspension, where I’m making my house ready for a Presence that is not-yet and already here.

In this spirit of waiting, I offer two songs that I composed about Mary, the mother of Christ. Both songs are about what happens before Christ’s arrival. This first one comes from my 2009 album, From This Place. I originally wrote the piece for a lessons and carols service in 1998 at All Angels’ Church in NYC. In this traditional Advent service, various scripture passages are followed by corresponding musical responses. This three-part women’s a cappella piece was composed as a response to the story in which an angel announces to Mary that she will bear the Christ child.

Listen to the streaming audio of “Never Before” at this NPR page.

And here are the lyrics: Continue reading

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A 60-min live concert video and Chicago in November

I had a great week of gigs in Chicago earlier this month. It was so nice to be back in my former home city and to see old friends and to make new ones.

One of the best things about the trip is that my complete 60-minute solo performance at PianoForte Chicago was live streamed-
and is now available permanently for viewing here at YouTube.

Click on the photo to view Deanna’s solo concert at PianoForte Chicago.

 Here are a few photos from the trip:

On Nov 4, I visited WDCB for a live interview with host and longtime friend, Barry Winograd. The station also has a Steinway piano in the studio, so I played some tunes to preview my Nov 5 solo performance at PianoForte Chicago.

I think I hadn't seen Ken (or Barry) in 7 or 8 years! Fun reunion.

I think I hadn’t seen Ken (or Barry) in 7 or 8 years! Fun reunion.

Right after my WDCB interview, I walked down a bunch of hallways (in the same building) to give a workshop at College of DuPage.

Right after my WDCB interview, I walked down a bunch of hallways (in the same building) to give a workshop at College of DuPage.

Anthony Perry attended the clinic and played one of his original tunes for me. As you can tell, we were feeling very happy.

Anthony Perry attended the clinic and played one of his original tunes for me. As you can tell, we were feeling very happy.

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