In founding ELMvc, Walter Bennett and Roger Palmer collaborated to compose the inaugural choral work for the Choir to perform.
In the composer's own words.
"This composition came about as I strummed a guitar while reflecting on my life's journey to date. I dug deeply into knowledge that can only be gained from many years of hard won experience.
Recently, my world view profoundly shifted after I stumbled across the teachings and wisdom of Dr. Bruce Lipton about how life works and the control we ourselves can have over our emotional and physical well-being. Since then, I've been working hard to overwrite self-limiting subconscious beliefs with others more self-affirming. Indeed, that is how this Each Living Moment initiative came about.
So... to the story line and song structure.
The story I passed to Roger, who is my friend, neighbour and lyricist, came in the form of raw lyrics set against a number of melody variations. These words spoke of: a pure and innocent life at the moment of conception; the confidence of adolescence, when I thought myself invincible and capable of super-hero feats; the accumulative impact of life's trials and tribulations on body and mind; the consequential shaping of my personality, behaviour and health; insight and understanding garnered to date and my reinvention.
In the song's structure, the verses speak of my running of life's gauntlet, using a progression of major and minor chords to evoke the light and shade of this journey.
The bridge posses a couple of key questions about aspects of our lives that can impact our well being, positively and negatively.
The chorus answers these questions in a most positive way, using the power of major chords to elevate the song's mood in what I hope is an inspiring and joyous way, with the last line repeated in finale.
Love and live
In the Lyricist's own words.
"The lyrics for Each Moment came about after Wally, knowing that I was living with Parkinson’s, approached me for assistance.
For many years, I have devised simple rhyming poetry to amuse family and friends as they passed milestones in their lives. I seem to be blessed with a natural ear for rhyme and rhythm, no doubt enhanced by being read to by parents and my grandmother at an early age.
However, translating my friend’s life story into lyrics was a challenge of another sort. I discovered that writing musical lyrics needed a vastly different approach, and thanks must go to my family and friends for their critical appraisal as writing the verses, chorus and bridge progressed.
I commend the music to you and hope all those who sing these words might reflect on their meaning and take heart from the inspiring life of Walter Vaughan Bennett.