Waiting for More

Waiting for More

“I just can’t wait for ________!” Each of us has heard this phrase countless times. Many of us have probably even uttered it ourselves.  If we’re always waiting for the next big thing, and that doesn’t end up fulfilling us, what then? If we always believe today is worth less than tomorrow, what does that say about our everyday lives? For as Ted Dekker states, “If not now, when? When will you awaken to life? Or choose to know and be known, to love and be loved? Everything happens now. It can only happen now. If not now, when?”

 

Lyrics by Josh Ring (2015):

It’s come today. It’s finally arrived. It’s here at last. The day I’ve been waiting for. Oh, my life begins today.

My high school days are over; I’ve paid my dues to society. I’m done with constant confrontation from that life in those prison walls. No more drama or fools, or teachers or parents to rule or to confine. Another chapter, another adventure is waiting out there for me. After endless days of longing and dreaming for something bigger than today, my college dream is here. I’m through waiting for my life to begin.

It turns out these college days are not at all what they appeared. Classes and finals all rule my life; there’s nothing here for me. But these troubled days are over; another story must begin. For my life surely begins today.

My college days are over; I’ve paid off all my student loans. I’m done with pointless speculation about the future career world. No more learning or growing, or strife, stress or tests to frustrate or deceive. Another chapter, another adventure is waiting out there for me. After endless days of longing and dreaming for something bigger than today, the real world has arrived. I’m through waiting for my life to begin.

It turns out the grown-up, real world is not at all what it appeared. Work, bills, and taxes all rule my life; there’s nothing here for me. But these lonely days are over; another story must begin. For my life surely, finally begins today.

My single days are over; I’ve a baby and a love. I’m done with ceaseless contemplation in those nights all lost, alone. No more drama or dating or empty heartaches. Now I have it all. The final chapter, the final adventure is waiting right here for me. Those endless days of longing and dreaming for something bigger than today are undoubtedly at an end. I’m through waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting, (gasp) and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for my life to begin.

But. It turns out the married life is not at all what it appeared. Ev’ryone and ev’rything else all rule my life, all weigh me down. There’s nothing left for me. When will my life begin? I must have missed it from the start.

It’s come today. It’s finally arrived. It’s here somehow. Where did I go wrong? My life where did it go? My life, where did…

Year: 2014

Solo

Duration: 6'00"

For: voice and piano

Performances:

Josh Ring Composition Recital, April 5, 2016, NIU; Chris Hagendorn – baritone, Josh Ring – piano.

Composer’s Seminar, December 5, 2014, NIU; Chris Hagendorn – baritone, Josh Ring – piano.

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