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She Walked Above Hearsay
Words by Pamela L. Grant
Music by Anne Ku
My entire Sunday gone, simply because I chose to put the latest poem by Pam on my piano yesterday, so that the first thing I saw when I got up this morning was the lyrics to a new tune.
Or rather, the first thing I heard, was the tune to this song.
I wrote it so I can sing it with my limited alto range. Ideally, I would like to harmonise and orchestrate it for a richer sound.
It's getting close to Christmas, four years after Patty's disappearance. I knew not her choir called PRISM. I knew not her three children or husband. But I do know that she had not merely disappeared. So much effort in finding her body, thus missing the big picture.
Who am I to say? I was not there when she disappeared. I was not there to help look for her. Instead, I am here to keep her memory alive so that she does not become yesterday's news.
26 November 2000
Lyrics correspond to measures
4.She was just beginning, the
5.whole world to explore.
6.God graced her
7.with a song bird's angelic voice.
8.You can hear her echoes
9.in the darkness of the night
10.She was modest
12.the beauty of a new dawn a-
16.She believed that
17.everything happens for a
18.reason that the
19.universe holds a
20.higher plan. While we are all con-
21.nected spirits searching.
25.She felt her faith in
26.Jesus will help her with her
27.journey. She was
28.working on going
29.back to school to teach the music
30.in her heart.
31.She was not a vengeful person. It
32.took a lot to get her mad
33.with her kind and helpful spirit
34.She put others before herself.
35.She was warm and
36.loving. Her spirit could light
37.up a room. She always found the
38.best in things. Opti-
41.She was there to listen
42.with an open, nonjudgmental view
43.A wonderful person,
44.you can count on when you felt the world has
45.got the best of you.