What is it to listen? To listen, to truly listen is to attend to, to take in, to receive. To listen to another is one of the greatest acts of love we can ever give. To pay attention. To be present. To empty out of our striving to be heard and instead to hear. To listen to the sounds of our daily life, the sound of our spouse or children breathing their sleep; to hear the sounds in our sky and on our street; to hear the rhythm of our workmates steps in the halls; to attend to the craft and love bound into the music we resonate with – all of it calls for our attendance and acknowledgement. How much more to listen to the Voice of God, everywhere present with us and ever speaking if we would but attend and recognise it. Learning to be still is the first step of listening. Learning to love is its culmination.
In this lecture from Anselm's 2019 Rocky Mountain Artists' Retreat, Lancia Smith explores the relationship between being true to your calling, and loving your audience--and reveals how relationships can strengthen our calling.
A Light So Fair is an album of 14 peace-filled, sparse, acoustic guitar instrumentals. Digital release is Nov 29. CDs will be shipped Dec 3-4.
The melodies are variously inspired by the morning sunlight on the fields in Tennessee, walks in the Yorkshire countryside, a river in Scotland behind Huntly Castle, writers George MacDonald, John Donne, and C.S. Lewis, melodies of Stephen Foster, and ballad books from the 1800s.
The focus is on simplicity, tone, and nuance, with the intention that listeners would be able to take away some of that peace for themselves.
Some stellar voices add background vocals. Suzanne Cox, Sierra Hull, Kate Rusby, Damien O'Kane, and Erica Block all bring some lovely, ethereal vocal parts to the mix.