Though I had always considered myself a passionate person, I never knew how fiercely I could love someone until I became a parent. At that time, I also gained a more visceral understanding of the parental metaphors that make up the Christian tradition. This piece is about a first-time mother experiencing the awakening of that fierce love, a mother who‘s heard some confusing things about her newborn son, who’s looking forward to the days ahead—a mother who has no idea of what lies before her. Mary’s First Lullaby is dedicated to my wife and children.
Key words: choral, strings, full chorus, sacred, christmas, holiday, joy, happy, carol, church, religious, christian, parenting, family, love, music, modern, contemporary, classical, composition