You are is a setting of Elinor Wylie’s poem Nancy. The text explores statements contrary to one another – roses with sharp spines, and pretty birds pecking at the writer. To continue the contrasts, this setting combines a more staccato, angular piano part with a lyrical melody line, which itself meanders between major and minor tonality as it contemplates the contrasts it sings about.
As the song progresses, more certainty begins to creep into the text, which is echoed in the music. The song begins with contrast, journeys into clarity, and resolves into an acceptance that falls somewhere between the two.
You are was written in early 2020 and is approximately 2 minutes in length.