Songs for Awaiting contains bits and pieces of Mormon pioneer hymns and songs, performed as two- or three-note ascending and descending fragments. As native songs to a religion tied closely to the location of the performance as well as to a strict narrative of waiting—whether on the Lord or redemption—the songs are meant to harbor traces of soul calls and the usually subconscious sounds that might befit the unseen forms of the longings that become so rigorously encoded in religion and the architecture of power and language, all of which elide the true impulse that summons the impulse and suffering of waiting.
The piece includes woven interviews with the performers discussing waiting. These narrative structures belie the broken hymns, and are summoned in each sub-composition by field recordings from local sites, such as City Creek canyon and the Bear River Bird Refuge. The sounds become a subterranean flow, bubbling up from ground at the Capitol, manifesting the metaphorical voice of the ground underneath the site and the historical and conceptual voices that have become buried by the terrain and sounds that compose our civic landscape.