Commissioned by the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.
one of a set of four animal songs commissioned by the Fort
Wayne Children’s Choir, directed by Fred Meads. I wanted to
create a lullaby mood within a generally traditional
pentatonic folk music format (it almost sounds like an Irish
folk melody at times), yet with a hint of the dangers of the
world (…the storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake
thee..) lurking in some minor harmonies and
unexplainable dissonances in the piano part. Of course
the “wee flippering” doesn’t know of any of these dangers,
yet the parent singing the lullaby does-- and it is this
parental awareness of the dangers of the world contrasting
with the shared experience of the innocence of the child,
that makes this text, and hopefully my setting, poignantly
melancholy. This is very similar to another text I have set
in a similar fashion, James Agee’s A Lullaby.
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What others say:
"Hi I'm Kristina
Gerhardt and I'm in the Fort Wayne Children's Coir! I'm in
Treble Choir. The one who sings Seal Lullaby. It is such a
beautiful song and I enjoy singing it. It is an honor to
sing something and set the standards. Thank-you Mr. Carey"
Fort Wayne Children's Choir
commissioned Paul to write one piece, which eventually
turned into four pieces based on texts about animals. The
texts he chose were witty, eclectic and fun -perfect for
young voices. His musical settings melded beautifully with
the words - very singable. Our young singers really enjoyed
singing his pieces and working with Paul as well. He was
positive and engaging with the choirs.
Communication was great with Paul. He was to easy to work
with and willing to adapt as necessary. All in all a
great commissioning experience!"
Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne (IN) Children's