I Am Long For Avonlee

by Mike Wilson

Whistle, lots of strings, soft drums, acoustic guitars, piano, and bass lay the foundation for this poignant offering. The idea was to create a new piece that sounded like a Civil War era piece, using the language style of the time, with hopes of painting an image for the listener of what might be on the mind of a Civil War soldier: his home, family, true love, fears, weariness, and ultimately, coming to terms with his own possible demise.

The vocal part is all unison and should be sung in classic choral style – no scoops or stylizing. You will find it very important to observe the dynamics to bring out the emotion of the song. In fact, with most choirs you will need to exaggerate them to make it noticeable.

Any Civil War song is a cross curricular history lesson waiting to happen. Especially relevant now as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of that time.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.