Thanks to poet Janet Windeler Ryan for entrusting me with her fresh, expressive poetry. These songs are intended to be sung and enjoyed by all ages. Singers should feel free to alter the suggested tempo markings to accommodate individual vocal needs. I would encourage a flexible and warm contemporary style with imaginative word painting where possible. I imagine them performed singly, in groupings or as a complete set (in any order).
These art songs were the original inspiration for Searching the Painted Sky, The Opera with story and libretto by J.W. Ryan and music by M. H. Duncan