THE WIND was commissioned by the Harmonium Choral Society, NJ, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the High School Student Composition Contest, and dedicated to singer David Hoadley for his years of loyal service to the chorus. This short choral work was inspired by the songs my mom used to sing to me when I was a young child. My memories of the exact songs are “hazy” at this point in my life, but their character has always stuck with me. Due to the “child-like” nature of the text, I decided using the character of those songs my mom used to sing was an appropriate setting.