Composer Steve Warner said it is exciting to watch different communities adapt and work with his song “Cross of Our Hope” in a lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening. “Once you write a piece, it belongs to the Church. They take the insight and wrap it around their own flavors,” he said. “That’s the Holy Spirit at work.” Warner, the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, composed the piece in honor of the beatification of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross. “When I was asked to write a song to honor Blessed Moreau, I had to fulfill several things,” Warner said. “First, I was asked not to use his name in the piece, but rather look to his writing to find and write his message. I was also asked to write it in as many languages as possible.” Warner said that “Cross of Our Hope” exists in English, Spanish and French. “The Holy Cross family embraces several continents and many cultures,” Warner said. “Linguistically, the text had to be spot on. The liturgical and musical parameters had to be respected.” Warner said that one of the hardest parts about writing the song was finding texts of Moreau’s to work with. “I finally stumbled upon a letter about the glory of the cross and sufferings of the world,” Warner said. “Reading his letters, there is an unabashed zeal that he constantly shared with his community. It was my goal to create a piece that reflected that zeal.” Warner said that the refrain of the piece reflects that sense of unbridled joy found in Moreau’s writing. “From the first note of the song, it tells you that we are moving forward. It is gospel-oriented and evangelical,” Warner said. “We are spreading the gospel.” The writing process behind “Cross of Our Hope” took three and a half months, Warner said. “Writing a song is not just writing music. You are rearranging people’s spiritual furniture,” he said. “You put prayer on their list. It’s very humbling.”
Students participate in the Trojan Hoops for Justice 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Saturday night at the Lyon Center basketball court. Proceeds from the event, which was sponsored by Hillel at USC, will be donated to Trojan Kid Camp, After School Sports Connection and Troy Camp. The winning team received a $500 MasterCard gift card.Aoyang Wang | Daily Trojan
Black Maidens striker Jane Ayieyam is confident Ghana can make it to next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The Black Maidens will lock horns against Equatorial Guinea in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday, 2nd of November at the Accra sports Stadium.Ayieyam, who was the top scorer for the Black Maidens with four goals at the Under.17 tournament in Azerbaijan last year, says she is poised to help Ghana seal another qualification and win another medal.“We believe we can beat them because we have gone through series of tactical game plans and are ready for the game,”Ayieyam said on Asempa FM Sports.“They (Equatorial Guinea) are a very good side but we are better than them. We will go all out and win this game. Ghanaian’s should expect more from me because I will surely score at least two goals on Saturday.” Meanwhile assistant coach of the Ghana Black Maidens Ben Fokuo has added that there is no pressure on the girls to beat Equatorial Guinea on Saturday. “There is no pressure on us. We know expectations are high because of the good performance we showed in the last world cup but we hope to go one step further this time,” the assistant coach said.“We have bulk of the players who featured in Azerbaijan so there wouldn’t be any problem with teamwork and understanding. Ghana will surely win.”The Black Maidens advanced to the final round of this stage without kicking a ball following the withdrawal of Congo Brazzaville.