and more (2020)

for concert band

I awoke feeling excited on my birthday - not to celebrate another year older, 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…

And more.

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.

Commissioned by Adam Hollenbeck and the

Dr. John Long Middle School Symphonic Band.