Footsteps

for soprano, harp, viola, and Persian daf (frame drum)
Text by Nahal Navidar

WORLD PREMIERE
Saousan Jarjour, soprano; Liza Wallace, harp; Suzy Eun Won Lee, viola; Steven Logan, daf
April 17, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

Footsteps
Text by Nahal Navidar

Rain falls pitter-patter
In my hometown
Mama, Mama’s footsteps soft
Like warm winter slippers

Moss and earth and leaves
Billows of soft, white cotton
Dance around my open window

The wooden floorboard creaks
Fire crackling
Soot soothing my senses to sleep
Father’s footsteps carry the weight of history
Pacing, pacing, book in hand
The creak creak creak of my house
Tells me the same familiar story

Footsteps pitter-patter
Across the floorboards