On Wings of the Morning is based on Psalm 139 vs. 7-10: Whither shall I go from thy spirit or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
This piece uses the “light” of the morning as a metaphor for Divine love – ubiquitous – always present, inclusive, even inescapable, for all people wherever one finds oneself in the world – east or west – even in the depths of the sea.
The metaphor of “light” begins with the Maestoso introduction representing a majestic sunrise.
The phrase “Wings of the Morning” represents the movement of this light as the dawn “dances” across the sky from east to west. The Andante Cantible section represents a soft, soothing, healing light. The Dramatico ending represents a glorious sunset ablaze with color.
My hope is that all who play this piece and everyone who hears it will be uplifted and affirmed.