In Gratitude - In Memory of Kayla Mueller
The story of Kayla Mueller is that of heartbreak and inspiration. Her passion for humanitarian efforts led her to Turkey and Syria where she was captured, held for 18 months and ultimately killed while being detained by ISIS.
My friend, Marcia McFee, designed and produce/lead a Memorial Service for Kayla's family and friends held in Prescott, AZ, March 7, 2015. She asked me to set a poem, birthed out of the Plum Village Community, to vocal music for the service. I knew then that I was embarking on arranging one of my most meaningful songs to date.
I pray that God speaks through those words of the poem, the music I wrote, and through Kayla's words that are found in the bridge of the song, in a powerful, positive, life changing way. May Kayla's life's positive impact on others never be forgotten and may God be glorified through this offering.
You can learn more about Kayla at www.forkayla.org. If you are so moved, you can donate to the non-profit that has been established in Kayla’s honor at www.kaylashands.org. All proceeds go to continue to alleviate suffering and create just peace in this world.
"In Gratitude" - WORDS - Irene D'Aruia, Kayla Mueller; MUSIC: Chuck Bell
Scored for Piano and Two Voices. KEY of D and F. Piano Score AND Chord Charts included.