March 23, 2016
When we were gathering composers for this letters project, we reached out to Logan Skelton. “As long as it’s an actual letter you can choose anything at all to set.”
Anything… Everything. So close, these two.
All I want is just a little thing,
but it might not be a little thing to you.
I want a little thing that has everything in the world,
everything in the world, but not everything.
And I want a ride in your slide.
I hope it’s all right with you.
And a little thing that can turn into anything,
anything in the world, at anytime.
I would just like one of everything.
You have to admit, that is brilliant. Wish I had thought of it.
Logan writes that after mining for letters to Santa, he became completely absorbed in the project; the one-song commission opened the way to a new song cycle: Letters to Santa – Messages from Children, Aphorisms on Childhood. The letters themselves span about 125 years and the cycle contains seventeen songs. Lyric Fest will present four of these miniature song-portraits of the child and the wish. It was so hard to choose. So many great things left out…
I hope you understand that you can skip me.
The kids on the coast need more than me.
I mean it. I don’t want anything at all.
Say hi to the elfs, and give the reindeer some carrots for me.
Since this little one gave us permission to skip him, alas, we did. (sigh.) But we greet you, the elfs, in his name.
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