and more (2020)
for concert band
I awoke feeling excited on my birthday - not to celebrate another trip around the sun, but for the impending birth of my first child. She will be here in a couple weeks and I began thinking about how much richer my life is about to be, despite the challenges that come with a newborn. One obvious obstacle is the lack of sleep that most new parents endure, so I knew that I wanted this lullaby to incorporate the sounds of a jewelry box (depicted by the piano and metallic percussion). When it came to inspiration for a title, the words of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld’s book “I Wish You More” worked perfectly.
I wish you more ups than downs.
I wish you more give than take.
I wish you more tippy-toes than deep.
I wish you more we than me.
I wish you more hugs than ughs.
I wish you more woo-hoo than whoa!
I wish you more will than hill.
I wish you more can than knot.
I wish you more snowflakes than tongue.
I wish you more pause than fast-forward.
I wish you more umbrella than rain.
I wish you more bubbles than bath.
I wish you more treasures than pockets.
I wish you more stories than stars.
I wish all of this for you,
Because you are everything I could wish for…
I found these words to be just as meaningful for me as they are for a child.
AND MORE is a lullaby and a song of hope for my daughter.
My hope is that it will put us back to sleep and that our happiest dreams will come true.
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