The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

approximate length | 6-8 minutes 

price | 1,500

style | The use of contrast of “speak out & stay quiet”. Uplifting; Empowering. With electric guitar and piano accompaniment

commission for | SSAA singers

score delivered: January 15, 2022

difficulty | 3-medium

lyrics | to be written by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm and lyricist, Shantel Sellers, based on the book “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story”

advisors | author, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, and musicologist, Talia Jimenez-Ramirez, Ph.D.

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Comparisons | Most Like this Style | “I’m Not Lost”

Songs with this Lyricist | “To Avielle, On Her Fifth, Sixth Birthday”

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