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"Unfinished Melodies" in Memory of Newtown 2012

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Published on May 14, 2014

It is with deepest sorrow and respect that we offer this piece for you. Our hearts are broken but we hope that we will all find some healing through words of love and by remembering those who were lost. I know I will carry their faces with me in my heart for the rest of my life.

The team that created this piece was very moved by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary. I am an elementary school teacher and was left with a lot of questions. Linda Marcus and I wrote back and forth trying to find a way to express our emotions and hopefully in a way that would help others. Ken Matejka helped Linda with the Lyrics and Robert Ross took the folk song I had written and gave it a more classical facelift. His delicate setting, smooth transitions and lovely descant really made it shine. We are all very pleased with the outcome.

Lyrics:
Unfinished Melodies
Pop Ballad: Words by: Linda Marcus & Ken Matejka ©2013(ASCAP)

Verse 1
Not long ago they brightened our lives
Their laughter and singing brought joy to our hearts
So warm and kind, they loved everyone
They were always ready to play and have fun
But everything changed on that star-crossed day
Without warning, the children were taken away

Lift
How we wish we had another chance
To walk and talk and hold their hands

Chorus
They left beautiful, unfinished melodies
That will echo without end
They left sweet, loving memories
Precious gifts to help us mend
But they never got the chance to complete...
Their beautiful, unfinished melodies

Verse 2
Our very best now lay at rest
Sweet angels were taken from our loving arms
Who knows what dreams they would have achieved
Olympic gold medals or cures for disease
We honor their memories and pray for grace
And mourn the lost music that will never take place

Lift
How we wish we had another chance
To walk and talk and hold their hands

Chorus
They left beautiful, unfinished melodies
That will echo without end
They left sweet, loving memories
Precious gifts to help us mend
But they never got the chance to complete...
Their beautiful, unfinished melodies

Bridge
Now comes the test of our courage and will
A message we urgently send
We must work to build a better tomorrow
And not let this happen again, Never again!

Chorus
They left beautiful, unfinished melodies
That will echo without end
They left sweet, loving memories
Precious gifts to help us mend
But they never got the chance to complete...
Their beautiful, unfinished melodies

We are grateful to Heather Lopp and the Washington Park High School Concert Choir of Racine, WI for giving voice to the music.
Unifinshed Melodies was premiered at the Park Area Choir Festival 5-13-14

The descant was sung by Hallie Senzig and another student I need to get permission to share.

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