This is Just to Say


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In the summer of 2014, Mackenzie approached me about writing a set of cabaret-style love songs as a gift for her fiancé, Evan. These three poems held particular meaning for her and so we decided to set the three of them. “Drinking Song,” by William Butler Yeats, is set in a jazz lounge style, “The Taxi,” by Amy Lowell, I set as a tango, and “This is Just to Say” is a light-hearted, mixed-meter dance.

The accompaniment for This is Just to Say exists in many forms: Cello/Marimba, Piano/Cello, Bass Clarinet/Marimba, and Bass Clarinet/Piano.

This is Just to Say

text by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Text by William Carlos Williams, from THE COLLECTED POEMS: VOLUME I, 1909-1939, copyright ©1938 by New Directons Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.