New Music to the Words of
James Dillet Freeman
Cathy's collaboration with Unity poet James Dillet
Freeman has been blessed and supported by his widow Virginia Love-Freeman,
who says that “the music is wonderful, and really honors James.”
"The music to James’ poems came through
in a really unusual and special way," says Cathy. "While
sitting at the piano just looking at his words the songs would start
to flow. I feel honored and blessed to have this unique relationship
with this wonderful poet whom I’ve always loved. Singing these
songs brings me a sense of spiritual fulfillment, affirmation, and
comfort - and I hope they do the same for you."
Listen to samples of some
of the new songs - Just for One More Day, The Traveler, and Oneness:
Much of this music came to me as I sat at the piano
looking at James' poems, well over a year ago. The music seemed to
just come through me as beautiful flowing piano melodies. I also put
music to the words of a couple of other spiritual leaders, including
a meditation chant by Thich Naht Hanh.
This new project features a stunning array of talent,
including two cellists: Spiritwood's Mark Billman and Hanna Alkire
of the Colorado-based duo Acoustic Eidolon. Windham Hill's George
Tortorelli and French flutist Christine Alicot are featured, as well
as guitarist Bob McPeek, harpist Megha Morganfield, and Babik's versatile
violinist Geoff Perry.
The Traveler is actually our new
title, inspired by some of the artwork created by our graphic designer,
John Amerson. The artwork and the name of the poem seem to evoke both
the spiritual and the musical journey of this album. And our former
title, Words of Wisdom, Notes of Grace seemed a little, well--wordy.
The Traveler, always a powerful and comforting poem for those dealing
with loss, has become a song that I play at memorials and tribute
Thanks for pre-ordering your copies
of The Traveler -
we'll ship to you as soon as it is ready, sometime in the fall!