Even, Only for This Day: a hymn for this uncertain time

Even, Only for This Day
Even, Only for This Day
A new SATB or unison hymn addressing our time of uncertainty.
For a donation of any amount made via https://paypal.me/deannajazz or Venmo (preferred method) @Deanna-Witkowski, Deanna is waiving licensing fees for streaming use in your online services or virtual choirs.
Price: $1.00

“Do not depend on the hope of results.” This quote comes from a letter that Thomas Merton wrote to activist (and my Facebook friend), Jim Forest. Our worldwide reality is forcing us to truly live in the present, to take seriously Jesus’ suggestion to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow brings enough trouble of its own.”

In an effort to respond to this moment, I dusted off an original hymn tune that didn’t initially yield my “hoped for results” when I entered it last year in a contest that I didn’t win. At that time I’d composed the music as a setting for someone else’s text. Motivated to now write my own words, over a period of three days I composed these three verses:

1. When our hearts are filled with sadness,
when our minds are in despair,
when we pray and hear no answer,
asking why God does not care:

may we feel Love’s gaze enfold us
with a peace so wide and free.
As God weeps and shares our sorrow,
we are never left alone.

2. In our days of isolation,
in the hands we cannot touch,
as our screens show loved ones’ faces
yet still leave us wanting much:

may we find Love’s home within us
in its quiet, long embrace
stilling fear and giving comfort,
we are never left alone.

3. As Christ walks within our cities,
weeps at each deserted street,
as he suffers with the dying,
as he blesses, offering peace:

may we find Christ’s way before us
even, only for this day.
Held in mercy through this season,
we are never left alone.

Watch video of eight friends singing “Even, Only for This Day.”

For any donation above the $1 cost for the sheet music, I’m waiving licensing fees for streaming use in your online services or virtual choirs. Donations can be made via Paypal or Venmo (preferred method) @Deanna-Witkowski.


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Length of Days $10 CD sale through June 15!

Length of Days CD- $10 sale
Length of Days CD- $10 sale
Deanna’s 2006 quartet release on ArtistShare with Donny McCaslin, Dave Ambrosio, and Vince Cherico is available for only $10 including shipping.
Click HERE to hear album clips.
Price: $10.00

For the last two months, I’ve been away from my home in NYC and living at my mom’s. In addition to boxes of my high school mementos, my mom also has five large boxes of my 2006 quartet CD, Length of Days. In an effort to clear some shelf space- and to generate some income in these coronavirus days of postponed performances- I’m offering this CD for only $10 including shipping through June 15 when you purchase through my website.

The digital album is also available here at Bandcamp.

Thanks for your support!

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All Mary Lou Williams this Fri on the Con Alma Solo Series

On Fri, May 8 from 7-8 pm EST, I’ll be celebrating the 110th anniversary of Mary Lou Williams’ birth by playing an all Williams set on the Con Alma Solo Series!

Watch the concert HERE at deannajazz.com, HERE at Facebook, or HERE on Instagram.
If you miss the concert, or want to watch it again, it will be available here for archival viewing.

I was originally going to be in Pittsburgh this week leading a quartet in playing Williams’s music at Con Alma, my favorite jazz club in the city. Con Alma is dedicated to advancing the legacy of Pittsburgh jazz history and its welcoming community has made me feel very much at home each time I play there.

In an effort to help Con Alma thrive well into the future, all donations from the concert will be split between the club and the other musicians who were on the lineup to play with me this week.

Concert donations can be made one of three ways:

1. Directly at Paypal: https://paypal.me/deannajazz
2. Venmo: @Deanna-Witkowski
3. Paypal: deanna@deannajazz.com

I look forward to sharing this new music with you!

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