The Hands of Winter

img_6303Tonight is our high school winter concert, and I’m the piano accompanist for three choirs.  We have an excellent music program in our school.  Tonight’s program will feature concert band, percussion, jazz band, concert choir, treble choir, and the Balladiers (the last two are vocal jazz groups).

My favorite song for tonight’s performance is Mark Hayes’ composition — “The Hands of Winter.”  Here are the words below.  The final three words are whispered by the choir, and really do sort of reach out and “grab you.”

Through the quiet lake and river,

Frozen fingers send a shiver.

Reaching outward with aggression,

Winter’s hands now take possession.

Bitter winds no more are waiting,

Autumn’s colors ‘round us fading.

Feel the breezes wrap around you,

Now the winter’s icy hands have found you.

Springtime apple blooms are showing,

Summer daisies ‘round us growing.

Autumn’s crimson inventory,

Winter steals away its glory.

By winter’s hands, all is made white.

Cold as she flies out into the night!

Bitter winds no more are waiting,

Autumn’s colors ‘round us fading.

Feel the breezes wrap around you,

Now the winter’s icy hands have found you,

Have found you.

[Mark Hayes and John Parker; Heritage Music Press]


9 thoughts on “The Hands of Winter

  1. Anonymous says:

    My choir sang that song! I loved it! But it’s cold as she flies not old

  2. Kiana Lacy says:

    I remember singing this song in choir in my high school freshman year. I cried once after singing it! Oh, the memories…

  3. Ellie says:

    Wow! The 7th and 8th grade choir did this song and did it well! I LUV this song! I had it stuck in my head for weeks! And the other songs they sang, and ours… And the highschoolers’… But that’s beside the point. I hope it turned out well!

    • Juli Jarvis says:

      Ellie — This song was so long ago now; I almost forgot about it! We just finished several spring jazz festivals, the music festival of solos and large groups (for which I accompanied 45 different solos of instrumental and vocal music and two choirs). I’ve been up to my ears in music, but love it (other than the fatigue that set in this time). Thanks for your comment! I’ll go back & review the song because it’s appropriate — we have about 5″ of new snow this April morning! lol

      • Ellie says:

        Yeah, but chorus is soooo fun, don’t you think? I mean, you have to love it, or get out, cuz if you don’t have a passion, don’t even bother signing up for it. Lol, as u can tell I’m very… expressive. Haha, 6th grade changes you. Anyways, back to you. If you do all this stuff, then you must be somethin’ else! rofl

  4. Jill says:

    Oh cool picture of my backyard! (just kidding!…although that’s what it looks like here!) I hope the concert went well…and I love the snowflakes on this site!

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