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Nā Kui kia a Tama, Te Pūroto Kōpua

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voice and piano
Year composed:
c. 10:00
A4, pp20, digital download (PDF)
These four songs are settings of personal poems written by Jenny McLeod. Of the contents and meanings of the songs, she writes: Little Brother is living alone overseas and feeling awfully low. Big Sister sings a series of rallying messages in support, to lift his spirits and restore some hope, as well as a smile. (I) The worst darkness always passes, hang in there. (II) The mirror is harsh, but still we love you, don’t we? (III) Make a plan, your ‘firm river bank beside the deep dark pool’, walk the dog, get outside, take a ‘sniff of what you’re missing’ (deep breaths). (IV) Ah, the gladness of dogs! the relief of unconditional love, the ‘sweet salt swallow of thankfulness’.