Another song from the concert is Abide, arranged by Dan Forrest based on a poem by Jake Adam York, who died in 2010 at the age of 40. The poem was inspired by a recording of Thelonius Monk performing the classic hymn, Abide with Me. In describing the arrangement, Forrest says, "My setting hints at that hymn and seeks to evoke a sense of Americana on a warm late-summer evening."
Forgive me if I forget
with the birdsong and the day's
last glow folding into the hands
of the trees, forgive me the few
syllables of the autumn crickets,
the year's last firefly winking
like a penny in the shoulder's weeds,
if I forget the hour, if I forget
the day as the evening star
pours out its whiskey over the gravel
and asphalt I've walked
for years alone, if I startle
when you put your hand in mine,
if I wonder how long your light
has taken to reach me here.
Click here to watch a video of Abide.