In Winter 1915, Haden Laas wrote a number of gestures or fragments around this verse, as if fixated: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." I have blent and compiled them.

(How? How?) 

Further we scatter 
Each man an unfamiliar crowd 
Unheard 
Clamoring 
Yes, and I was proud 

(Long and narrow is the middle way) 

Long have I wondered: 
Am I ever long for this? 

In my heart the stirring 
Every step a miss 

'Fess up, now 
Step up, man 
Lay it on the line 

(I'll lay later. Let me when I...) 

Ah, okay... 
Allelujah

 

 

Written by Haden Laas (1899-1918). Arranged and recorded by Grant Valdes.
Recorded February 2015. Piano, organ & voice - Grant Valdes.
Painting: "As I Wandered" by Asher Durand.