Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & organ
Prelude to Worship
Nocturne Op. 10 No. 1 . . . Sergei Rachmaninoff (1872-1943)
La Cathédrale engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral) . . . Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Song without Words Op. 67 No. 3 . . . Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Fairest Lord Jesus . . . Crusaders’ Hymn, arr. Larry Shackley
Prelude XVII from WTC I . . . J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Places I Have Heard the Ocean
In a cat’s throat, in a shell I hold
to my ear — though I’m told
this is the sound of my own
blood. I have heard the ocean
in the city: cars against
the beach of our street. Or in
the subway, waiting for a train
that carries me like a current.
In my bed: place of high and low
tide or in my daughter’s skates,
rolling over the sidewalk.
Ocean in the trees when they
fill their heads with wind.
Ocean in the rise and fall:
lungs of everyone I love.
– Faith Shearin