Contemplating Weather was commissioned on the occasion of the Western Michigan University School of Music?s 100th anniversary. Weather (everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it --Mark Twain) seemed to be an interesting topic for a choral work, especially since it has become a matter of growing concern and relevance ? and conversation. The work is in eleven movements and has the rough outlines of a Bach cantata: shorter and simpler movements (called Clouds) surrounded by more substantial movements, ending with a chorale-like movement that refers to what has just passed. This is the second Lansky/Greene collaboration. In 2003 we worked together on another choral work, Gospel Tropes. (Beyond that we?ve actually known each other since 1959 ? we met at summer camp!). The work is about 35 minutes long.