God Says Yes to Me

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SSAA/jazz string bass
Sacred/secular text in Enlgish by Kaylin Haught
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3.5

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erformed by Vox Femina, Dr. Iris Levine, director
Recorded live March 8, 2008

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 and high school age students.

Since that time, the poem has also been quoted in many sermons in churches around  the 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.

Itís this 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:

"Vox 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."


TEXT by Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
what if I cavort with squawking saints
forage with a crowd of long legged water angels
sail with a regatta of white pelicans
sing glory hallelujah with the cormorants
drying their wings over the water
and she said Baby I made you for this
cavort as you wish
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes




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