Slocum loved to write poetry and had talked at length with composer Eric Banks about collaborating on a project. But Slocum died in February of 2012 before the two men were able to formally work together.
After Slocum's death, Banks was given permission to set several selections of his friend's poetry to music and this weekend The Esoterics debuted the finished work.
The 20-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation – on life, its struggles, and the hereafter – was written for double chorus a cappella. Banks said the title borrows from the final image of Slocum’s poetry – from within a symphony of butterflies – I am among them.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert series was donated to Beyond the Bridge, a Seattle area foundation that supports LGBTQ youth at risk of suicide.