Premiered January 28, 2007 by the Michigan State University
Women's Ensemble, directed by Dr. Sandra Snow
Kaylin Haughtís poem God says Yes to me is, to many people, a
witty, humorous poem about affirmation and feminine power.
This was Kaylinís own take on her poem when it was
published in Poetry 180, a high visibility
Library of Congress sponsored series introducing
contemporary poetry to junior high andhigh school age students.
Since that time, the poem has
also been quoted in many sermons in churches aroundthe country, as many ministers have stressed the
more serious value of Kaylinís poem -- the power of God
(whether He, She, or It!) to affirm our lives in even the
tiniest, seemingly inconsequential detail.
tendency of a great text to elicit multiple
interpretations that draws me to set such poems to music.
And please notice that God loves jazzómost all of Godís
answers to the questions are in swing time!
Complete perusal score available upon request.
A review of Vox Femina
of Los Angeles' March 8, 2008 performance:
Femina Los Angeles
is a world-class women's vocal ensemble which performs
excellent choral music in a diversity of styles...
Paul Carey's "God Says Yes to Me" was brilliant, amusing,
and insightful in its treatment of the divine presence in
the smallest details of our lives."