How To Sing Like a Planet

SATB, piano

Alexander's musical instruction manual is as whimsical and varied as the singing planet which inspired it. This genre-defying showpiece evokes both the "ethereal" and the "grooving", offering pearls of humor, humility and common sense. A prominent piano part undergirds this colorful romp, requiring a sensitive and solid accompanist.

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Commissioned By: 
Minnesota Chapter of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Premiere Ensemble: 
Michigan Youth Chamber Singers
Premiere Conductor: 
Eugene Rogers
Text Author or Source: 
Elizabeth Alexander

"Scientists now say the planet itself is generating a...kind of music, huge, swirling loops of sound, a song so strange you can't really fathom it, so low it can't be heard by human ears..." - Mark Morford, from "How To Sing Like a Planet", San Francisco Chronicle, 4/23/2008

Let everything unfold in its own time.
Accept what's beyond your control.
Revel in simple harmonic motion.
Turn. Rotate.

Get charged up.
Be weak. Be strong.
Don't fight friction.
Vibrate sympathetically.
Don't be afraid to get into a groove.

Let gravity have its way with you.
Revolve around something luminous.

Wheel, whirl,
Slide, collide,
Circle, cycle,
Amble, gambol,
Resonate, radiate,
Innovate, renovate,
Oscillate, fluctuate,
Circumnavigate, flow.

Bloom periodically.
Hunker down when you must.
Wobble from time to time without apology.

Know that annihilation's possible any time,
But expect a bright tomorrow's coming anyway.