“Your heart will open and be filled with music, both thoughtful and deep, that has the power to take us to the ground of our being.” Rev. Faye Orton, Courage and Renewal Facilitator
This is a collection of soul soothing music designed to bring peace in troubled times and support in seasons of transition. Over the past two decades I have enjoyed sharing beautiful, simple songs in sacred rituals and on retreats. These pieces are sweet when sung acapella and they are easy to follow without printed music. Each one has been lovingly composed by women of uncompromising integrity and depth. I am grateful to have received permission to record each of them. My hope is that when you listen or sing along to this music your spirit will feel companioned and gently cradled by the love that connects us all.
Special thanks to master musicians Scott DeTurk and Gunnar Madsen. Composers: Laura Hall (composer and lead musician on Whose Line is it Anyway?), Kate Munger (Founder and Creative Director, Threshold Choir), Velma Frye and Macrina Wiederkehr (authors of Seven Sacred Pauses and SSP Songbook; Singing Mindfully Dawn Through Dark), Nina Wise, and Laura Fannon. The Reverend’s Faye Orton and Kathy Cramer, and FCCS for their generous financial and spiritual support. Kathy Aanestad for web support, Barbara Cook recording chef extraordinaire, Lolo Chambers for her beautiful artwork, and Katie Morrison for publicity, cover design, and ongoing loving partnership.
released October 16, 2019
Macrina Wiederkehr’s book, "Seven Sacred Pauses, Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day," is available at Amazon
Music by Velma Frye on her CD, "Seven Sacred Pauses" www.velmafrye.com
Laura Hall’s music can be found on CD Baby and Amazon
Kate Munger’s work can be found at RiseUpAndSing.org
and at ThresholdChoir.org
Curran Reichert was born and raised in California. She has a BA in Drama from UC Irvine, received her M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion, training in Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in New Church Development from Chicago Theological Seminary. Curran has served as a pastor in the United Church of Christ churches in Massachusetts, Illinois and California. She is the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Sonoma.
Curran has been a performing artist for over thirty years working in theater, films, television and cabaret. She is a member of both Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity and has engaged audiences from coast to coast blending her unique style of raucous fun and inspirational fortitude. Curran is deeply committed to bringing the arts, spirituality and justice together. Other recording by Curran are available on cdbaby.com
Scott DeTurk, graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Music in composition. He has invested more than two decades as Music Director with Community Congregational Church, UCC. Scott has worked extensively in theater, film, television and recording, as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director. He has nine published musicals, and is currently writing a new musical for the Berkeley Playhouse. Scott has also worked as a writer and composer for numerous commercial clients. He and his very talented wife Kristine run a performing arts program, academy-deturk.com
, and make their home in San Rafael.
Gunnar Madsen is a Grammy-nominated composer whose work is featured in numerous hit movies and TV shows, in hit video games, and in some forgotten commercials. His performances range from dingy nightclubs to Lincoln Center, from “Good Morning Omaha” to “The Tonight Show”. He did the singing for Don Cheadle’s Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO’s “The Rat Pack”, although that was not his lifelong dream - his dream was to be a Beatle (he was the sheepish yet proud owner of 2 Beatles wigs). A college degree in music led to him writing music for Brechtian theater troupes and delivering singing telegrams to Frank Oz, Richard Avedon, Joan Mondale and a few hundred others. He fulfilled his boyhood Beatle-esque dream of singing to screaming fans by founding the acapella sensation The Bobs and touring the world. He and Curran were in a production of Truman Capote's "Holiday Memories" in the 1990's and have been friends ever since. www.GunnarMadsen.com