Contact: Sr. Julieann Sheahan, OSF, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
GREEN BAY, June 5, 2014 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity vocation feature is Kelly Mulhollan's adaptation of Wallace Stevens' 'Excerpts From A Continual Conversation With A Silent Man.' A free download Song of the Month available through June at the Franciscanized World fscc-calledtobe.org
Discerning the relationship between the language of poetry and spirituality, St. Francis found peace in poetry. (Remember hearing about the Canticle of the Creatures?) Our Assisi troubadour saint would totally enjoy this unique and moving interpretation of poet Wallace Stevens.
"The 'Continual Conversations with a Silent Man' is part of a collection of well-known poems that I set to music in a collection I call 'The Never Ending Conversation,' reflected Mulhollan. "I was drawn to the Wallace Stevens poem, 'Continual Conversations with a Silent Man' for its sheer beauty and the powerful images that it conjures in my mind. For me, it is a meditation of sorts. Like ocean waves lapping on the shore year after year for thousands of years, oblivious to the goings on of mankind. Somehow, it calms my mind to think of this. Actually, I imagine that you will see it very differently through your own lens. That is what I hope for."
"Still on the Hill is the folk duo comprised of my wife Donna, and myself. Most of our music is actually of a very different sort. We write 'storysongs' of the Ozark mountains (where we live and where I am from). The Never Ending Conversation is a solo CD I produced. It combines my love of folk music and classical music along with poetry. It was my attempt to write a collection or 'art songs' as they call it in the classical world. I saw no particular reason why a folk singer could not pursue musical setting for classic poetry in the same way composers such as Brahms, Schubert, and Ives had done."Established in 1869, the Roman Catholic Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic Health Care, Education and Parish-Community Service in the Midwest, Central and Southwest United States.
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