Inspired by Caroline Shaw’s composition based on the words to the old gospel hymn “Stars in My Crown,” I decided to write a Sacred Harp tune using this text. My version came out unlike both Shaw’s version, and the gospel version. We sang it today in the Palo Alto bimonthly singing with a strong class, and I thought it sounded pretty good. The singers seemed to like it too.
Here’s the sheet music — alas, I didn’t have time to make it pretty, but it’s legible:
I started writing this tune on April 21, the day my father died, and finished it the day of his memorial service. I cleaned up a few errors after that, but the bulk of the composition took place in those six days.