One Moment

Twelve voices soar,
faces aglow.
Response to powerful words.

Reach out your hand
And I’ll be flying home.

Twelve voices soar,
touch us.
Emotions enveloped in yours.

My work is finished
The angel’s command.

Twelve voices soar,
pull us
into a new world.

Carry me on . . .
I’m flying home.

Twelve voices strong.
Thank you,
we heard your song.


Italicized words in poem are lyrics from Jason Robert Brown’s Flying Home – a song from his musical Songs for a New World. Last night we were privileged to see this show, which is literally a song cycle without any dialogue between performers, sung by 12 students at Phillips Academy at Andover. It was hard to believe these were high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. They literally carried us through a gamut of emotions as they sang (lived) moments of decision by the characters they became. If you’re not familiar with the song, Flying Home, click here and you’ll understand the power of the piece – stick with it to the end. And yes……it was powerful in last night’s Phillips Academy production.

3 thoughts on “One Moment

  1. Nancy Jahnke May 18, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    Goosebumps – Stan Brown’s voice can carry me home! Wow! To think that Abbey had her high schoolers perform this and others like it woven together is amazing to me! I’m sure you were carried away by your daughter’s talented students under her creative direction!

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • lillian May 20, 2019 / 3:18 pm

      This is such an amazing piece…..and yes, the entire evening was magical. I felt myself leaning forward in my seat so many times….just consumed in the voices. Music has its own power….
      See you very soon! 🙂


  2. profstanbrown June 6, 2021 / 12:32 am

    Thank you. Love and light to you, Lillian Peace, (Stan Brown)


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