Double SATB choir and narrator. May 2015. Commissioned by the Willamette Master Chorus under the direction of Paul Klemme for their concert, Celebrating Life. Text is by Don Colburn.
First I tell the patient who I am, and why I’m calling.
Why me instead of the oncologist who’s out of town.
I talk slowly, but try not to sound grave.
I make sure she’s at home, or somewhere she can talk, and not alone.
Whatever they hear, I want it to leave room for hope.
The only way is to remember there’s this Brenda on the other end who could be me.