It wasn't a particular song that woke me, though that often happens and I wake with some song that I've been learning repeating itself in my psyche until I get out of bed and start the work.
This time it was just an urgency to choose some beautiful songs for the fall. Our choir doesn't do choral arrangements of Christmas carols, but I do choose songs that suit the mood of autumn and anticipation of winter. I almost always have the feeling that the songs choose me. This session's songs seem to be about love, mothers, home.
I became enamoured of the new Sting and Shaggy CD called 44/876, named for their respective country codes. I loaded it on my iPod and listened during work-outs at the YMCA.
Last week, Sting's version of Love Changes Everything announced itself, and I began work on a four part arrangement for the choir, inspired by Sting's version ... but without the horns. :)
Have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vU_YEYukzs
Also, our accompanist, Fiona Evison, has written a beautiful song called Love Lead Us Home.
Then there's the arrangement of Loreena McKennitt's Lullaby.
So many beautiful songs, so little time!