WATCH CHORAL VIDEO PLAYLIST. SEE DEANNA PLAY THE PIANO PART. READ THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG. DOWNLOAD THE FREE VOCAL SCORE. During this time of canceled performances, please consider making a donation (above the $2 score fee) via https://paypal.me/deannajazz or Venmo (preferred method) @Deanna-Witkowski so that Deanna can keep creating more new music for your communities. Thank you!
“When looking for a piece for a virtual choir project involving students from many local high schools, we knew we needed something that was musically accessible, yet modern sounding. To encourage student participation, the lyrics had to be meaningful, as well. “We Walk in Love” hits the mark musically, and the words perfectly target the continuing struggle for social justice. The relaxed gospel style is appropriate, and approachable by all school groups. Thank you for this gift.”
Music teacher in the North Penn School District, Lansdale, PA.
President-elect of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Mideastern Region
“Witkowski did a wonderful job of honoring the gospel style with We Walk in Love and the lyrics carry such a beautiful message that resonates with singers of all ages. I’ve conducted this piece with an adult gospel choir as well as a young elementary choir of 1st-3rd graders. It was beloved and deeply felt by both groups.”
-Sara Alswager, elementary music teacher, Omaha, NE
Lyrics to “We Walk in Love” by Deanna Witkowski and Lemuel Colon:
1. We walk in love united in purpose
We join our hands and lift up one voice
We speak the truth with strength and compassion
resounding with hope, with courage and joy.
2. We cry for peace and rights for all people
We welcome friends from far and near
We fight for those whose voices are silenced
Resisting in faith until all are free.
3. We dream a world of justice and kindness
We build a bridge creating new paths
We march with joy as all walk together
Embracing each one, we boldly stand.
In early 2017, I responded to a call for scores for a new collection of social justice songs being curated by Abbie Betinis, Tesfa Wondemagegnhehu, and Ahmed Anzaldúa. The songs to be selected as part of a new movement called Justice Choir would be offered free of charge for anyone to sing for non-commercial use: at concerts, marches, protests, and in houses of worship. Read more of the story behind Deanna’s Justice Choir song here.
For a downloadable free vocal score (without piano), visit the Justice Choir songbook here.