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Lead, Kindly Light

Lead, Kindly Light

Lead, Kindly LightIn times of profound turmoil and deep sadness, we are drawn to the familiar. And so it was, following the events of 2001, that I spent the early morning hours reading through the poetry and singing in my mind’s ear the songs from The Broadman Hymnal. It was the hymnal of my childhood. And when I read the words “Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,” I was drawn to revisit more deeply the Truths found in those pages.

This CD is a result of that late night visitation and of years of singing my arrangements of the old, familiar songs. The concept was simple – I wanted to capture in my own way the musical and spiritual essence of each song I selected. The storminess of the soul in “Stand By Me,” the not-often-heard dance of well-being in “It Is Well with My Soul,” the sweet Brahmsian lyricism of “Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love,” the haunting Appalachian-like strains of “Fill Me Now.”

And as you listen to Lead, Kindly Light, my prayer is found in the words of Clara Scott, 1895 ~

“Open my ears that I might hear, Voices of Truth, Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave-notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear.”

I marvel at how the songs touched my soul. They take me to a place I knew well in my younger days – but they also take me to the truth that transcends that place.

– Bill Moyers, author and journalist

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