Psalms of Water and Stone
A collection of 14 poems set to music
(three featured here)
Lyrics by Heidi Hart and Jennifer Wallace
Music by Richard Smith
First performed June, 2009 with the Mountain Chorale, Salt Lake City, Utah
It seems fitting that this three-way, long-distance collaboration should speak so much of nearness and space. In these psalms, various voices address the longing for God. The speaker whose journey weaves in and out of the sung psalms has no name; he / she can be whoever the listener imagines. The singers, solo or choir, approach the divine in moments of need or questioning. Images of the natural world - saltwater, frost, egg, stone, bird - express the otherness and intimacy of the sacred. Images of the human-made door, threshold, hinge, or latch allow voices and listeners to approach that in-between place where the heart begins to open. Sometimes words fail the voices, who lapse into silence. Sometimes they speak of God as a presence as close as one human hand reaching for another. The final piece, "River Psalm," reminds us that the journey is never exactly what we thought, and does not end.