Remembrance Revisited: Variations on Peace

Nearly one year ago, I took on an overly ambitious 365 project as a way of honoring the memory of my mother, Mary-Jo Daughtrey, who passed away on January 1, 2008. I took one of her favorite songs from church, "Let There Be Peace On Earth," and attempted to write a new variation on the theme every day throughout the year 2009. The project, or rather I, fizzled after 73 variations, but I was left with several little pieces of music that I'm quite proud of. I went through all of the proper channels to get permission for such an undertaking, which meant paying the copyright owners a licensing fee to arrange the song and host the recordings on my website. Unfortunately, they will be charging me a prohibitive amount every year I keep the variations on my website, so all will be removed come January 1st.

So... I'd like to share 12 of my favorite variations here, then you can choose whether you want to visit the other 61. All recordings were electronically generated from the Finale notation program using sounds from Virtual Drumline 2.5 and Garritan Personal Orchestra with the exception of two of the variations for which I recorded my own voice or otherwise. Please be patient, as some of these sound files take a little while to load.

Let There Be Peace on Earth
by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
Copyright © 1955, Renewed 1983, by Jan-Lee Music (ASCAP)
This arrangement Copyright © 2009, by Jan-Lee Music (ASCAP)
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
The peace that was meant to be.


Variation 2 (Dorian Reflection)

Variation 4 (Marimba/Vibraphone/Rainstick)

Variation 27 (echoes of Josh Groban – one of my mom's faves)

Variation 29 (Whole Tone)

Variation 31 (Concert Band Fanfare)

Variation 39 (Upbeat Inversion of the Theme)

Variation 41 (Woodwind Quintet)

Variation 44 (Body Percussion & Tuned Water Glasses Played with Pencils)

Variation 47 (Funk)

Variation 56 (Clarinet/Piano Inversion)

Variation 59 (Full Orchestra)

Variation 66 (Marimba/Vibraphone/Bass)

For the rest of the variations, please start with the first 365 entry. For those of you that followed the project starting at the beginning of the year, thank you so much for your encouragement & support and for helping me to honor my mom.

Happy Holidays & a Wonderful New Year!