the sopranos

the sopranos

Lullaby (Song for the Lost Children)

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This song was written in response to an emotional video I watched in my history class about the Holocaust. I was very saddened by all of the events that happened, but what hit me hard were the children effected by this tragedy. After I watched that video, I had a series of nightmares for a week and a half. I would wake up in a cold sweat with tears running down my face. In the nightmares, it was my family who was being targeted. Throughout the dreams, I had a creepy "music box-like" melody playing. I couldn't sleep at night in fear of these nightmares, so I stayed awake almost every night. To pass the time and relieve stress, I wrote the melody that was the background to these nightmares. When I finished writing the piece, the nightmares went away. I truly believe it was a "God moment". Every word, every chord, and every expression has a purpose in this piece. The lyrics were written by my wonderfully talented friends Justine Green, Julia Bothun, and Erica Hoops. I simply compiled what they wrote and changed a few things to create a setting. Each voice part conveys a different character in the Holocaust. The sopranos played the angels, the altos were mothers, and the men were the perpetrators. Throughout the song, all of these characters are speaking to a child. They are all saying the same words, but depending on which character they are, their meanings can be very different. For example, the sopranos (angels) and basses (perpetrators) sing the words "I'm here for you, I'm here for you". The meanings are drastically different. Creepy, right? Buffalo High School is the place to be, because their music department is phenomenal! I wouldn't be the musician I am today if I went to any other school. I want to thank Mrs. Menzemer and Mrs. Agre (my middle school choir teachers) for laying down a musical foundation and building up my confidence. I also want to thank Mr. Walsh for allowing me to show the piece to the class, learning it, and the occasional pep talk. A huge thank you to Mrs. Starr who played the piece so beautifully! It is exactly how I envisioned it. I also want to thank Justine Green, Julia Bothun, and Erica Hoops (again) for writing the lyrics. It wouldn't be what it is without you guys! Also, thank you Bryce Bishop for being my biggest support system through the ups and down of "Lullaby". You helped me stick up for myself, think about what I REALLY want, and cheered me on every step of the way. Another thank you to my wonderful family, who had to listen to me write this piece late at night and watch me get frustrated over the revisions. You guys rock! Lastly, but CERTAINLY not least, I want to thank Buffalo High School Concert Choir. I would not have any other choir debut this song. I just wrote notes on paper; you guys made it emotional and beautiful. Thank you so much for voting to perform it, learning it, and doing what you do best: connecting to your audience. All in all, this is Lullaby (Song for the Lost Children) written by Megan Shipley (myself). It was directed by Michael Walsh and accompanied by Jill Starr. May 30th 2013. LYRICS: Come away, my little child. The darkness seeps through the night. Come away, you tini child. There is no need for freight. Little child, come with me now. I'm taking you out of sight. Hush now darling, better nights are near. Endless meadows, happiness, no fear. Fall asleep and dream of bright blue skies. Wipe away those tears, sweet lullaby. Sleep, child sleep. Oh, child stay with me. I'll keep you near, and I will set you free. Come away, little child, and I will set you free. Hush now darling, better nights are near (I'm here for you, I'm here for you). Endless meadows, happiness, no fear (Oh come with me, oh come with me). Fall asleep and dream of bright blue skies, bright blue skies. Wipe away those tears, sweet lullaby. Wipe away those tears, sweet lullaby. Wipe away those tears, sweet lullaby. Lullaby.