The spirit moves in marvelous ways - Ode to Ellington - for SATB choir and jazz quartet; first performances with the Chamber Choir of the Bucks County Choral Society and the Eric Mintel Quartet on October 29 and 30, 2005 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Doylestown, PA. I wrote this simple composition inspired by Duke Ellington's approach to words and music in his landmark Sacred Concerts for a program centering on key movements from those works.
The spirit moves in marvelous ways,
it moves where it can come out and play,
it moves when we can't find our way;
so let us open up our hearts without delay -
the spirit moves in marvelous ways. (TL)