CDs - The end of an Era
Beautiful unknowns are coming!
“The last of my CD inventory is available until December 16th, signed and shipped for free… and after that, it will be gone.”
I don’t know about you, but I have a half analogue, half digital way of thinking.
The analogue half has typically carried much of my imagination, care, wonder, sound engineering prowess, and if I’m honest… sometimes resentment (toward the digital age).
The digital half has learned to wield a phone, to navigate the back end of a website, and to become a recording producer. And probably most importantly, it has connected me to you in a way that wasn’t possible before.
It isn’t without trepidation I am announcing that in the near future at least, we will not be pressing more CD copies.
From my perspective, this is a very exciting time. It feels like the edge of a system and another system. A forest and a field. The coastline and the land. Where strange things grow and influence vast expanses. Ideas are arriving that will engage the tangible, hand held, physical world. Evolution is flooding me, and the digital half of how I see things, is coming alive in a very interesting new way, merging and integrating into the corporeal and into artfulness.
The last of my CD inventory is available until December 16th, signed and shipped for free… and after that, it will be gone.
I announced this 2 days ago on social media and have since been hard at work signing copies… employing the fingernail of my right thumb to break open the shrink wrap, just like in the good old days.
If you know you want some signed copies of the whole discography, you can click here to order all 7 at once.
To get acquainted with what is available, here is a description of each of the 7 albums:
I began writing this album during the first 7 weeks after the birth of my first baby. It was to process my time as an inaugural student at Richard Rohr’s Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. I’ve always called it a “Christ Narrative” - and it was inspired particularly by the late Denis Edward’s book on Karl Rahner, entitled Jesus and the Cosmos. As a new mother, I marvelled at the incarnate bundle, sleeping in the snuggly listening to my singing and heartbeat, as I wrote this music.
Sanctuary - Exploring the Healing Path with James Finley
In 2016, when I was expecting my second child, I collaborated with contemplative teacher and depth psychologist James Finley, to weave together a chant and spoken word offering, that explores his unique, poetic, capacity to companion people who want spirituality as a resource on their healing path.
Point Vierge - Thomas Merton’s Journey in Song
James Finley and I teamed up again, to walk through the extraordinary seeker’s journey of Trappist Monk and Catholic intellectual, Thomas Merton.
Working alongside the Merton Legacy Trust, I plunged into nearly 2 years of research, reading, listening to audio of Merton, and then brought the pieces to James Finley, who had been a novice of Merton’s and for whom Merton had been a spiritual director.
In the end, there is spoken word from James Finley, Thomas Merton, and his holiness the Dalai Lama woven into music I composed to extrapolated words from Merton’s journals, poetry, and audio teachings.
It follows him from childhood to the sound of a singing bowl that marks his passing in Bangkok, Thailand, after which you hear him singing a Latin missal in the hermitage, on an old tape recording as he was reminiscing in his remarkable integral way, about pre-Vatican II liturgy.
Meditation With Children - Songs and Reflections w/ Noel Keating
After Point Vierge, I was invited by Irish author Noel Keating, to collaborate on Meditation with Children, that is a companion to his book of the same title. On this album, we work with some of the ways Silence inspired children, as he introduced Centering Prayer meditation to over 200 schools in Ireland.
During the pandemic, I went ahead and did a Pandemic Album, where I played all the instruments. I learned chords on the banjo and the mandolin, and mic’d the plywood floor for my “kick drum”. For percussion on the cover of The Waterboys Peace of Iona, I used stone from Columba Bay, and bone from the land of our farm. This is an album of covers of some of the great songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, Mary Gauthier, Bob Dylan, Mike Scott etc.
In Liturgy we walk through the liturgical year with some unlikely voices: Mary Magdalene, Thecla, the Mother of God, the intelligent Presence of the angel Mystery, the shepherds, a rocker, a Roman Citizen, Ezekiel, and the incantations of the people.
It’s pretty “advent heavy” as I love that season and was in the spirit of lighting a candle for each Sunday on the album.
Fear Not (Adamah of the Earth)
Ring Out, Wild Bells
When Love Meets Dust
Heart of Flesh
Back in my alt roots/ folk pop days, I recorded this album with acclaimed producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Parachutes, Rush of Blood to the Head) who is one of my favourite producers, and a friend.
Recorded half in a little Anglican church in my hometown on the prairies. and half in Liverpool, at Parr Street Studios, (where I stayed on Penny Lane!), it is a window into my 20’s, and a pretty solid work of art.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about future physical expressions that will merge with the current inevitability of streaming, youtube listening etc. As I prepare to plunge into the second phase of my folk opera, (phase two of filming, and then putting together an album-length film), I will also be working on really cool, tangible creations, to be used for engaging and deepening with the music.
As we plunge into further Unknowns, one of the best ways you can support me is to follow me on your chosen streaming platform, to subscribe to me on Youtube (which is swiftly going to become one of my best friends), to become a Patron (which supports the cost of making music), or to become a paid subscriber here (which supports my ever deepening love of essay writing).
Sending immense gratitude and artful care, these are truly exciting times!