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Feel the Spirit in the Kicking

Composer Michael Larkin
Text Richard Leach
Voicing SATB and keyboard
Church Season Advent Topics Mary
2' 00" Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released 7/97
Catalog no. 405-164 Difficulty Moderately easy

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"The third piece I would like to highlight is Feel the Spirit in the Kicking. Obviously, the text caught my attention. This piece by Michael Larkin is based upon a Richard Leach text. This is an Advent piece, but get it now for next year. You will want to read this text-I won't give away the rest of the story, but it is a great text." -Sacred Music News & Review, 1998

"Michael Larkin's Feel the Spirit in the kicking is an infectious accompanied dance on Richard Leach's text for the Feast of the Visitation." -Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, October 1998

"Despite unevenness of text and music, there is still something compelling about this piece that causes me to commend it to you. Perhaps it is Leach's "real life" imagery. Larkin's serene melody, accompanied by unexpected syncopations, certainly captures a sense of the soon-to-be-born child 'kicking' in Mary's womb. Either way, the piece is wonderfully arranged and does leave a lasting impression. Easy-medium. Recommended." -Cross Accent, Vol. 6B (Summer 1998)

Comments from the Author, Richard Leach
Luke 1:41 paints a wonderful picture: Elizabeth and Mary meet one another after Mary has become pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth with John. When Elizabeth hears Mary speak, her baby kicks, and she is filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth says, "Blessed are you among women," and Mary replies with the words we call the Magnificat, "My soul magnifies the Lord...." The text of this anthem is in two parts, one inviting us all to leap for joy at Jesus' coming, the second paraphrasing a section of the Magnificat.

Description A joyously infectious, dancelike setting of Richard Leach's remarkable reflection on the Magnificat. With its pentatonic melody and rhythmic accompaniment, this piece will add a new dimension to your church's Advent or Christmas celebrations.

Anthem text
Feel the Spirit in the kicking
of Eliz'beth's unborn son,
when she heard the voice of Mary,
pregnant with the Chosen One.

Leap for joy at Jesus' coming,
long before you see his face!
Spirit of that joy be with us;
lead us in a dance of praise.

Sing the song that Mary taught us:
God has turned things upside down,
made the high and low change places,
toppled thrones, giv'n slaves a crown;

fed the hungry with a banquet,
sent the empty rich away!
God of Mary, God of Jesus,
hear our song of praise today.

Leap for joy at Jesus' coming,
long before you see his face,
Spirit of that joy, be with us,
lead us in a dance of praise!

Text: Richard Leach.
© 1997 Selah Publishing Co., Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15227. All rights reserved.

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