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Sunday, April 05, 2009
THE SPIRIT IS A-MOVIN'
Songs For Celebration by Rev. Carey Landry
W. C. KNAPP RECORDINGS
It was so easy once, to be able not to care-- It was so easy then to hide away in a warm cocoon, to live apart, alone, before the dreamers came. It was so easy once, before the dreamers came, and painted on the clouds their dreams., in colors brighter than the stained-glass of cathedrals, more beautiful than stars. It was so easy not to care, before the dreamers died and showed how much they care--when lack of caring smashed their lives, like rarest crystal, into dust which blew across the world on wings of morning, falling in our eyes, and causing us to weep, and teaching us to care.
Do you see what I mean? It's the land--the land is different now because people, "martyrs" I guess you'd call them, have touched it with their lives and deaths. Nothing is really the same anymore--not the land, not even the people living here. Something has happened and is happening, and it's like we, too, have all got to do something. Each of us is called to carry on where others have left off--the pain, the struggle, the quiet accomplishments. It's our job now.
I believe that in many different ways the Spirit is moving all over this land. Some are quite obvious -- others are less so. I believe that the Spirit moves among men whenever any man, whether he is great or ordinary, causes by his living the birth into the world of something of the peace, love, and compassion preached by the Son of God who became man. This is the hope that we are attempting to communicate through these songs. The hope is coupled with a call--a call to a greater commitment on the part of everyone who claims to be a Christian.
My involvement in the field of liturgical music has brought me into close contact with many people. They have encouraged me in their own unique ways. They have shared their lives with me and have given me much strength. In a sense, these songs are really their songs also because their lives are so much a part of mine...
It is with deep thanks that I dedicate this album to all of them.
MUSIC ARRANGED BY:
Maureen Codelka, Tom Donahue, Carey Landry, George Quickley, Ivan Siekmann.
Jack Jaworkski, classical guitar.
Jesse Plumley, 6-string guitar.
Alan Weinberg, 12-string guitar.
Patricia Broderick, flute.
Jim Shaw, bass.
Patrick Foley, percussion.
Carey Landry, guitar on Voices.
Wallace C. Knapp
DESIGN AND POETRY ON COVER:
Wakefield Mfg. Co.
13 more songs by Carey Landry are recorded on the LP stereo album YES, LORD. The music (basic melody, guitar chords and all verses) for the songs on both records plus 10 additional songs is contained in the songbooks The Spirit is A-Movin' and Yes, Lord. Also available is a new music book of the special arrangements by Tom Schafer of the 25 songs recorded in the two albums.
NORTH AMERICAN LITURGY RESOURCES
300 East McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
The Spirit is A-Movin' [Landry] 3:40
Shout Joyfully [Landry] 2:55
Voices [Landry] 5:00
Men of Faith [music-J.J. Healy, words-Landry] 3:50
What Would You Have Us Do? [words-Joe Pokusa, music-Landry] 3:20
Come, Let Us Go [Landry] 3:00
Come Follow Me [John Snyder, alternate chorus-Landry] 3:45
Praise, Lord! [words-Gordon Truitt, music-Landry] 3:30
Pardon Your People [Landry] 3:15
Come, Holy Spirit [Landry] 2:45
Where Two or Three [Landry] 3:05
Stay With Us [Landry] 3:00
Editor's note: now this is a rollicking, frolicking and jubilant tribulation to the man upstairs who surely is a jingle-jangle folkster. The rolling guitars, strong masculine melodies and the haunting warbles of Ms. Codelka's backing vocals make this not only a holy album but a serious and artistic one as well. Not that I know anything about religion or music just as you know nothing of the powers of Moloch.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!