Joyce Sutphen is one of my favorite poets. I find her poetry to be full of beauty, humor and honesty. Choosing these six poems allowed me to create a cycle about love, memory and resilience as a woman ages. The title of the cycle comes from the second song, which progresses from humor to deepest truth. It is the poem I read at my mother’s funeral.
A new version for soprano and clarinet was created in 2017.
You can listen to the premiere recording on Naxos' 2019 release "Living in the Body — Songs of Lori Laitman". There is also a video from a live concert with soprano Maureen McKay and saxophonist Gary Louie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5eqE3zcxNU