I was honored beyond all belief when asked to be a contributing vocalist on a recent CD project organized by Bob Weast and the Serra Club of Des Moines. The Serra Club is an organization of lay Catholics working to foster vocations to religious life. Proceeds from The Calling: Songs for Seminarians, will financially support the growing number of seminarians in the Diocese of Des Moines.
The CD features magnificent songs of faith reverently performed by twenty-five musicians found from parishes across the Greater Des Moines metro. A sampling of the songs includes Ave Maria, O Holy Night, Rain Down, The Lord’s Prayer, and Prayer of St. Francis. Accompanied by Janice Weast, I recorded Hail Mary, Gentle Woman with fellow St. Francis of Assisi parishioner Angie Murphy singing background vocals. I wish I could say we were “one-take recording wonders;” in reality, we were “two-take wonders!”
The Calling is sure to please the most discerning music listener and appeal to all ages, making it a perfect gift for all ages. Even more, most of us know friends or family whose faith has been diminished, and this CD might be the spark to light their flame. As Bishop Richard Pates recently said,
“You will enjoy this remarkably beautiful rendition of music by singers from fifteen parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines.”
The Calling costs $15. In the metro area, the CDs are available for purchase at Divine Treasures Catholic Bookstore and Holy Trinity Catholic Church, or available to the world online at www.thepopeofthepeople.com. I also have a stack I’m selling out of my home; but please don’t come all shopping at once, otherwise I’ll have to fill out a home business permit!
As Bob Weast, the mastermind behind this project recently said,
“Thanks for a great CD. It is a gem. It has been a truly holy, spirit-filled, and faith-enriching experience.”
Get a copy for yourself and share with others!
P.S., while I still have your attention, please take a few moments to check out the upcoming musical, Pope of People, written by Holy Trinity parishioner Tom Quiner. The musical will be performed in four Des Moines-area parishes during Lent 2011.