Category:   MN COMPOSERS
Composer:   Carol Barnett
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Self-published
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SATB, piano
Setting:   Cliff Notes from Your Mother as You Leave Home


Kyle Pederson
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
R&R Chair MN Composers

Poet Marg Walker wrote Cliff Notes from Your Mother as You Leave Home five years ago in empathy with friends and their children who were going off to college. Mother’s tone is varied—motivational, practical, gently exasperated, regretfully knowing that it’s time for them to ignore her expectations and form their own. The composer sets this text in delightful ways—sometimes quite touching, often downright hilarious. Choirs and audiences will enjoy the rhythmic variety, the independent voice of the piano accompaniment, and the poignant, funny uniqueness of the piece. Ideal for college ensembles.