Make Firm Our Steps - Audio CD

A release full of musical variety and sweet music.  Styles from folk to latin.  Some music simply with voice and guitar, some with percussion, bass guitar, mandolin and multiple voices.  Some soft and contemplative, others more intense and vibrant.

Turning Thy Face

The quote that begins, "O thou who art turning thy face towards God" has touched my heart many times, and I felt the need to share it with others in a musical form.

Wouldst Thou Have Me

This is a Hidden Word that was put to music for a friend who was attending college and needed a song for a recital. She was unable to use this song, but I enjoy it anyway. My good friend, Ginny Dusseau does the vocals and Rebecca Sopha the piano. Very sweet.

Love Me

This Hidden Word was set to music in the early '70s, shortly after I became aware of the Bahá'í Faith. Intense and direct.

Thou Art The Remover

This prayer by the Báb set to music was almost lost. Thank God I had recorded it on a cheap cassette tape and managed to find it again! It is very calming for many.

Healing Prayer

The short healing prayer set to music in an unconventional latin and upbeat setting. Thinking about people from other cultures drew this musical response forth.

Noble Creation

In 1985, when the Universal House of Justice released the document, "The Promise of World Peace," one issue dealt with jumped out at me - the fact that as long as humanity believes that we are nothing more than "smart" animals with no ability to change our warlike habits, peace will not be possible. The two Hidden Words used here were my response to that document and that issue - hopefully helping people believe in our higher nature.

Man of Two Visions

This Hidden Word called to me when I read it one day, and this intense and active song is the result.

I Beg Thee

A prayer of the Báb, "I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee..." is such a sweet reminder of our place in the world and what we should aspire to.

Remover of Difficulties

This repetitive song is much like chanting to me - it can be used for that privately - came as a chant while I was commuting long distances for work. I would repeat it over and over, calming me for the drive and the upcoming shift.

Make Firm Our Steps

One of my favorite prayers, and certainly something we can all use. The song is simply presented with guitar and voice, but the message is so important, other instrumentation seemed unnecessary.

Remembrance of Thee

This is a sweet and meditative song with two quotations from Bahá'u'lláh - "My remembrance of Thee, O my God, quenceth my thirst and quieteth my heart." and "Armed with the power of Thy Name, nothing can ever hurt me. And with Thy Love in my heart, all the world's afflictions can in no wise alarm me."

My First Counsel

A friend asked me to compose something for a Nineteen Day Feast, and this came to me.

Love Gives Life

A passage from 'Abdu'l-Bahá that practically FORCED me to set it to music. I heard it at a Holy Day, and KNEW that I needed to write some music for it.

This Is A Lamp

A prayer by 'Abdu'l-Bahá - the musical setting is a tribute to Seals and Crofts, two men who have made a very large impact on my life by introducing me to the Bahá'í Faith.

Blessed is the Spot

This song is sung both in Spanish and in English - a quiet and contemplative piece.

Rejoice

As soon as I read this piece music was calling to me. The intention was to create a piece that would be appreciated by African-American friends.

Radiant Heart

This rendition came to me while in the shower! :) I was thinking how I might assist in welcoming people from different faith backgrounds to the Bahá'í Faith, and this is the result.

If Any Differences

I attended a meeting of the assistants of an Auxiliary Board member, and had just recently finished going through a study circle on Ruhi Book 1. The desire to increase my memorization of the Sacred Writings prompted me to set this quote to music.

Unity Prayer

A short prayer for unity - a sweet song reminiscent of John Denver (I was told this by a friend - your mileage may vary)

Loved Ones of the Lord

One of the more complex musically, this song is inspiring and helps us to see what we might become with loving effort and determination.

Know Ye Not

This quotation was set to music in response to racial incidents a few years back. I keep hoping that we will overcome, and this song helps me keep the faith, so to speak.

I Loved Thy Creation

Another Hidden Word set to music in the early '70s - I was about 16 then and was trying to learn songs to sing with Baha'is. I had lots of song sheets, but none with chords, so I determined that I would make up my own songs.

Honor

This is an instrumental with only the Native American courting flute. The title has multiple meanings - to honor the Native American peoples - an attribute of God - and touches me deeply.

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