The Best Angel in Heaven

Instrumentation: Unison Chorus or soloist & piano
Duration: 3:00
Date of Composition: 2020

Program Note:

I composed The Best Angel in Heaven in the cruel month of April, 2020, in memory of Sandra Santos-Vizcaino, the wonderful third-grade teacher at PS 9 in Brooklyn, NY who passed away from Covid-19.  I did so because I was so touched by the memory page devoted to her, marked by the love and sadness of so many whose lives she touched. She was clearly not only a great teacher, but a woman of extraordinary character, kindness and compassion. I wish I could have known her. I have based the lyrics on phrases drawn from these memories of love for her and of distress at losing so dear a person. The song can be performed either by unison chorus or soloist and piano.  Any profit from this piece will be donated to PS9 in the memory of Ms. Santos-Vizcaino. -JS

Lyrics: The Best Angel in Heaven

You are my fav’rite  teacher.
You will stay with me forever.
I will always love and miss you.
I will love you no matter what, no matter what.

You are the kindest, smartest, funniest,
You are the best teacher ever.
You are the best angel in Heaven,
Angel in Heaven.

You loved us all equally,
We were part of your family.
We miss your warm hugs,
We miss your sweet treats.

You will always be in my heart.
It is the hardest loss,
The hardest loss.

You were always a hugger,
You were like our owl.
Always a leader,
Always smiling,
You were like our own Athena,
Athena.

You are safe in star clan now.
You are safe in star clan.
You are the best angel in Heaven,
in Heaven,
in Heaven.

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