“Gagòt” channels life’s frustrations into heartfelt music with a powerful and relatable message. Everyone feels overwhelmed at times, but “It’s striving and suffering that brings redemption.”
Translation of Haitian Creole and French text:
Since I rose this morning I’ve gone through ups and downs,
Running around in circles like a crazy mad dog.
I speak, I sing, I sleep, I rise;
I pray, I scream, it’s mess upon mess.
It’s a mess here, it’s a mess there,
A mess up, a mess down,
Mess everywhere, it’s mess upon mess.
Messy are my thoughts,
Messy are my actions,
Messy are my words,
Messy is my vision.
Everything is entangled:
Pain and joy, doubt and faith,
Disgust and hope, good and evil.
My head is spinning and spinning,
Everything is entangled.
What a mess!
Morning after morning, I fight a battle…
Gagòt – recording 1:
Justin Miller, conductor
2014 ACDA Western Division Conference
Gagòt – recording 2: