Always Keep This Close

by Zachary J. Moore

Notes from his website: I am a part of all I have met, and all I have met is a part of me,” is a quote that exists on the wall of my old classroom at Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, WI. Truer words have never been spoken, for when I write music, every influence in my life is right there in the room with me guiding each note that I put on the page. Since this piece’s original debut for treble choir back in 2015, to now, having this composition performed by the Stephen F. Austin State University A Cappella Choir (under the direction of Dr. Michael Murphy), the road has been an unexpected journey. Truly, the same can be said for each of us. We have all experienced unexpected peaks and valleys in our lives and each of those experiences is like adding a new ridge to a figurative fingerprint. And in a choir, each of those fingerprints come together to create a unique blend that goes beyond the music that is created. As it states in the poem, “you make more than music here,” you make lifelong memories that will live forever in the heart and mind, and that can never be lost.


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