Rain, Rain (1973)
Soprano and Piano
2. The Visitor
By Leslie Green (Stallcop)
A visitor came by two nights
When it poured.
From the window we watched
Count their slow steps
On streets glazed black ivory,
Their chins fallen into buttonless collars,
While the thick glassy drops poured down.
She'd been fired,
Fifty-four years old.
Her grey eyes
Set on a stony road,
Bleak mirror for a traveling widow
When it pours.
RAIN, RAIN is a set of songs
written just after I moved to Phoenix in the fall of 1973 for my sister
Eleanor Stallcop (-Horrox). The first and last song were taken
from and aborted musical I wrote in 1972, Jessica, which abruptly
came to an end when the financial backer sold everything he owned and
joined a religious commune in the California desert. Those were
the days. Many of the lyrics of the show were written by a good
friend of mine, Scott Wilson, who shortly afterward won the position of
Second French Horn (and later, librarian) with the Seattle
Symphony. The other poems in the set were written by Leslie Green,
who became my wife five years later. The last song was without
words in the musical, which I retained here except for reciting Leslie's
poem "Limits" during the coda. "The Visitor"
is a poem about Leslie's mother. "Mimi" is a poem about
our new kitten (meow chiamino Mimi) who lived another 18
years. "Thirty-two and In His Prime" is about nobody in
particular, as far as I know, but he was over thirty, so we didn't trust
him. "Limits" is pretty self explanatory,
and seemed like a good choice for duty at the end of a wordless
song. Its mood also fits the song's coda beautifully. My
sister first performed these songs at her senior recital at Central
Washington University in Ellensburg.
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