Rest; Songs of Comfort and Peace

by Curran Reichert

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“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.

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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 and Bandcamp.

​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

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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. She has recorded four vocal albums the most recent; Connect the Dots is available on ITunes. ... more

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Track Name: Awake
1. Awake by Laura Hall

Awake, awake, arise from your bed.
Awake, awake, feel the presence of (peace)
O can you hear the fluttering of angel's wings?
Awake, awake, arise and sing.

Cast aside your deepest fears, put away your doubt.
Open up all windows and let the darkness out.

Awake, awake, arise from your bed.
Awake, awake, feel the presence of peace.
O can you see the light of the bright morning sun?
Awake, awake, a new day has begun.
Track Name: Morning Light
2. Morning Light words by Macrina Wiederkehr, music by Velma Frye

Rising from the night
We reach for morning rays
We bathe ourselves in shining light
And clothe ourselves with day.

Morning light, help us find peace of mind this day
Morning light, help us find peace of mind this day
Track Name: All Shall Be Well
3. All Shall Be Well public domain based on the words of Julian of Norwich

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
Note- each verse consists of seven lines. For a fuller experience of the chant, this pattern can be repeated seven times.
Track Name: I Look Into My Heart
4. I look Into My Heart by Velma Frye and Macrina Wiederkehr

I look into my heart for the wisdom, the wisdom,
I look into my heart for the wisdom to live this day well.
Track Name: In Breath, Out Breath
5. In Breath, Out Breath words of Thich Nhat Hanh music by Nina Wise

In breath, out breath, deep breath, slow breath;
Calm breath, ease breath, smile breath, release breath.
Present moment, wonderful moment.
Track Name: Love Is A River
6. Love is a River based on the words of Jalal ad-Din Rumi, music by Kate Munger

The road might end at a single house,
but it’s not love’s road.
Love is a river, love in a river,
Love is a river, drink from it.
Track Name: My Grateful Heart
7. My Grateful Heart written by Laura Fannon arranged by Kate Munger

My grateful heart, so filled with years of living.
Memories flow by me like petals on a stream.
My grateful heart forgives so many sorrows,
Brings peace that lasts forever, illuminates the dream.
Track Name: Put Everything In Order
8. Put Everything in Order words by Macrina Wiederkehr, music by Velma Frye

Put everything in order as day begins to fade.
Put everything in order as day begins to fade.
All things are passing, moment by moment, breath by breath.
All things are passing, moment by moment, birth to death.
Take off that cloak of fear. The Divine strength you seek is here.
And you know you are dying to live. You know you are dying to live.
So put everything in order as day begins to fade.
Put everything in order as day begins to fade.
Track Name: You Are Not Alone
9. You Are Not Alone by Kate Munger

You are not alone; I am here beside you.
You are not alone; I am here now.

I am not alone; you are here beside me.
I am not alone; I am here now.

We are not alone; we are here together.
We are not alone; we are here now.
Track Name: Vespers Colors
10. Vespers Colors words by Macrina Wiederkehr, music by Velma Frye

A thousand colors is your face,
Embracing us with waves of grace.
And as the day star now departs,
Your glance of light fills all our hearts.
Your glance of light fills all our hearts.

Your evening eye shines down on earth,
A prayer for our continued birth.
We lift our hearts in tender praise,
and give you thanks for all our days.
And give you thanks for all our days.
Track Name: Walking Each Other
11. Walking Each Other Home based on the words of Ram Dass, music by Kate Munger

We are all just walking each other home.
We are all just walking each other home.
We are all just walking each other home.
We are all just walking each other home.

We are all just doing the best we can.
We are all just doing the best we can.
We are all just doing the best we can.
We are all just doing the best we can.

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