For Band (Grade 2 1/2)
By Daniel Baldwin
Clouds Descending was commissioned by Leslie Barton and the Baxter Springs (KS) High School band in memory of a beloved teacher who had suddenly passed away. I was impressed with the strength and resolve of the students and their director in the commissioning of this piece while in the midst of great tragedy.
This piece is a reflection on the dichotomy between the pain of loss and the beauty of life. Even as clouds descend upon us and it feels like the rain will never end, with the support of loved ones and the power of prayer, the sun will once again shine and reveal to us that our time on this earth is precious.We are reminded that we should never cease in allowing the beauty of life to permeate us and to live life everyday as if it were our last.