Bourland choral music: All there is is love (1993)

July 7, 2009

Paul Monette and Roger Bourland

Paul Monette and Roger Bourland

All there is is love
Music: Roger Bourland
Text: Paul Monette
Jon Bailey conducts the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
Published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Los Angeles.
Chuck White, recording

Paul Monette heard the premiere of HIDDEN LEGACIES in Royce Hall and rushed up to me afterwords to thank John and me. I saw him socially a few times later and asked him whether he was interested in providing lyrics for a piece for GMCLA. His energy was limited at this time and though he said he wanted to, I didn’t think it was ever going to happen. I later suggested finding something from his extant works, and he like the idea. I excerpted part of the introduction from ELEGIES FOR ROG and set it for unaccompanied men’s chorus, calling it “All there is is love” which is the final line in the text.

Paul and Winston, and Bruce and I went to the premiere. Three if us went in black tie (Paul’s idea); Winston was in full leather. It was a lovely evening and a lovely memory. This performance is from the April 4, 1993 performance in the Wiltern Theater, Jon Bailey conducting.

The story that endlessly eludes the press is the death of a generation of gay men. [Amen] What is written here is only [We are talking about] one man’s passing and one man’s cry, a warrior burying a warrior. May it fuel the fire of those on the front lines who mean to prevail, and of their friends who stand in the fire with them. We will not be bowed down or erased by this. I learned too well wht it means to be a people, learned in the joy of my best friend what all the meaningless pain and horror cannot take away––that all there is is love. Pity us not.”

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