Jack McKown

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Song Cycle: The Weight of These Things

The Quintessential kg Book CoverThis song cycle for Baritone, cello, and piano is derived from a collection of poetry by the late Kemp Gregory of San Antonio, TX. His voluptuous style and stoic sarcasm are unmatched, and his open metered works flow like sonnets. I tried to capture the essence of his personality behind each of the pieces, and, as you will find, his levity and joviality come at a price of great knowledge and depth.




1. A Buddhist Prayer (Before Changing Jobs or Lives)

2. Simplicity

3. Chicken Reflections #1

4. Slight Song in Bed

5. Psalm before Sleeping

6. God’s Apology

7. Applying for Ordination

8. Another Trip to the Dentist

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