Written in collaboration with Timothy Takach
Voicing: 2 part a cappella
duration: less than 3 minutes
This simple song was written by Hagen and Takach as a lullaby to a newborn baby named Havaa. A gentle 7/4 meter supports Suzanne Swanson’s poem beautifully. Perfect for beginning ensembles or as a prelude to another piece on your program.
She is swaddled, patient.
I pick her up. The infant eyes lock mine.
I remember that she belongs to the house of music
and I carry her there.
– Suzanne Swanson
This piece was written for our God-Daughter Havaa. Since her father is a jazz musician, we thought it appropriate to write it in a mixed meter, which only increased the motion of the melodies. This can be sung as a duet or by multiple sections of a choir. It should stay fairly quiet throughout, like a true lullaby. “Havaa’s Lullaby” has been used crib-side as well as on stage in a Nation concert.
– Jocelyn Hagen and Timothy C. Takach