ITEA Gem Series No. 20
By Justin Raines
Vain Struggles and Lamentations for Solo Tuba
Composer Justin Raines resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has written music for wind ensemble, marching band, choir, and numerous chamber works. In 2006, Justin composed music for the film 100 MPG directed by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God). Some of his most notable recent works include a choral setting of the poem The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, and his orchestration work on the musical We Are Enron, again working in collaboration with Mark Medoff. For more information on Justin’s work, visit www.justinrainesmusic.com.
Justin Raines The composer offers the following notes about this work.
This short, unaccompanied work was inspired by a passage from the following quotation by Charles B. Newcomb.
“The ebb and flow of will is like the movements of the tides…if we cease our vain struggles and lamentations long enough to look away from the personal self…we realize life is going well with us after all.”
Newcomb was part of the spiritualist movement around the turn of the last century, and this quote is one of his few writings that has made its way into the modern, mainstream era. As presented above, the quote frequently finds its way into daily devotional and self-help books of all kinds. The actual spirit of the quote is quite positive, but I was taken with the turn of phrase in the middle of the passage. While we’d all like to live perfectly centered, well-adjusted lives, in reality, all too often we tend to flail away at life with “vain struggles and lamentations.”
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