Name the names,
Remember them and pray.
pray for the day when we
Patch the quilt with no more names.
Death has had its fun and games.
Ryan, Roger, Jesús and Ariel.
Zachary, Greg, Christina, Ann.
Name the names.
Built to catch
those dying flames.
Naming saints in fabric frames.
Larry, Coreen and Jennifer.
Angelo, Dane and Ali. John.
This simple and rather static setting which
Requiem for the Victims of AIDS is meant
as a word "mandala," a meditation on names. The placement of the
names in the text, from one to four syllables in length, is meant to
allow other names to be substituted, should this be desired. Each of
these names is drawn from individual stories, important to the
families and loved ones who knew them.
A set of songs written originally as sketches for the
Requiem is titled
Songs for the Victims of AIDS, includes this simple solo