Save the date for CKCB’s next concert on May 3rd at 3:00 pm at the Lexington Opera House. Among other selections by giants of music literature, the band will be performing Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living” which is out of his epic opera “The Tender Land”. Erik Johns, under the pen name Horace Everett, crafted the lyrics of “The Promise of Living.” And while they center on a harvest, the term “harvest” itself has metaphorical implications for the band experience.
By working together we’ll bring in the blessings of harvest.
We plant each row with seeds of grain,
And Providence sends us the sun and the rain.
By lending a hand, by lending an arm
Bring out the blessings of harvest.
During each rehearsal, we, as band members, through practice and performance, tend our rows, planting them with seeds of grain and weeding them. Our fellow band mates, leaders, and family, in their role of fellow musicians and supporters, respectively, are extensions of Providence which sends us the sun and the rain, so together as a community we can bring out the blessings of harvest.
The promise of living, the promise of growing
The promise of ending is labor and sharing and loving.
With the commencement of each new concert cycle with new friends and with old friends, we renew the communal experience of playing our instruments. We, with our minds, our hands, and our spirits, experience the promise of living and the promise of growing through our mutual love of the labor of making music.
[Post by CKCB PR Manager, Mark Mitchell]