Simone de Beauvoir writes:

“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”

I wrote the words and music for the piece about how difficult it is to enjoy mothering (parenting) when you are too tired, and too alone, and doing too many repetitive tasks, too often.  The conclusion of the piece is the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”.

Musically, the piece is challenging–moving from 6/8 to 3/4 and often it is contrapuntal.  The various phrases are repeated and superimposed.  It was challenging to get a decent vocal draft.  Here it is!

 

 

And here is the PDF to follow along.