You Can't Stop the Music!
Ninth movement from the cantata, "The Seven Principles" for narrator, soloist, mixed chorus (SATB) and orchestra by Wally Kleucker.

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The ninth movement from the cantata, "The Seven Principles" for mixed chorus and orchestra by Wally Kleucker. "You Can't Stop the Music" is a poem by Henry Berne:

"No matter what you do, you can't stop the music.
It's the bird song and the wind song like 100 strings.

--you're invited to the dance--

Heartbeats lay down a rhythm line, calling feet
and hips and strumming bass, moving in a stream
of blood and heat: life is singing, swaying, calling
the moments that live inside everything that lives.

--and all is music--

Can you hear the sea's call in the crashing waves?
Water mates with wind and casts treasures ashore
--even shells that contain the ocean's roar, even that--
a hidden lion speaks into my ear from an empty shell.

--that's the music and the magic--

Even the hiss of snowfall, faintest brushing on the drum,
cracking of the ice--rifle shots and screams--
take their turns sitting in, veteran jazz musicians in a
harmony so old it plays our breath back to us."


This is only meant as a sample, not to be used for performance. To get copies, please email me at:

kleucker5@aol.com

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