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Spring Rain

Spring Rain

  • Door Thissen Carlene
  • Release 19-10-2010
  • Muziekgenre Christian
  • Media-indeling CD
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I wrote the song, Spring Rain, in the spring of 2009. I can't remember what inspired it, probably something heard in a sermon, but I visualized the cover of a Spring Rain album. I went to my closet to pick out a white outfit, asked my husband to keep the camera handy, and when the next spring rain came, I went out into our garden, got soaking wet, and he took the picture. Barry was confused. "Why are we making a picture for an album that has no songs?" "If I have the picture, I'll write the songs," I answered. And I did. Actually, a few of them were already written. Take These Hands was the first. I couldn't find music for a documentary based on a book I wrote, called Immokalee's Fields of Hope. "Too bad I can't write music," I thought. Then I talked to another author, Maria Stone. She said, "Once you open that creative side of your brain, you never know what will come tumbling out." And the music came. Take These Hands is a gentle plea for immigration reform, a desire on my part to show people the human side of farm workers. The farm workers of Immokalee inspired that song and the video that was created by Char Rowe McEwen. If you're going to understand this album, you probably need to know something about Immokalee. Immokalee rhymes with "broccoli," and it means, "My Home" in the language of the Seminole Indians here in Southwest Florida. It's an agricultural community with about 25,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers, mostly Mexicans, Haitians and Guatemalans. Somehow the people of Immokalee moved my brain from logical to creative, and beautiful things have happened ever since. I've been singing with the English choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church there for twelve or so years, now, and I wouldn't trade it for any church, anywhere. Come to think of it, that's probably where I heard about Spring Rain. Based on Hosea, some of Spring Rain's lyrics came right out of the scripture. (There are so many beautiful words and phrases in the Bible.) Hosea's metaphors in Chapter 6 are all about agriculture, including morning clouds, early dew, and harvests. Remember Me is the story of Michael Reese, the late son of Marcela Rice who is a friend from Immokalee. It's a sad but beautiful story, filled with God's images. Stuart Shelton, who produced the album, co-wrote this with me and added the piano and male harmonies. Raymond was out in Immokalee, too, a homeless guy who was Far From Memphis. He used to hang around the church grounds. Once at choir practice he asked to play my guitar, and boy, were we stunned! He was good - good-good - and later we learned he was even better on the banjo. Pretty much every detail in the story is true. We couldn't save him, but I'm sure God did. And he definitely left his mark on us. Focusing on the next life in my songs keeps me in touch with those who have gone ahead. I saw my father, Carl Thissen, one day when I was on a plane. I looked down at one of those clouds so thick you think you can step out and walk around, and there he was, sitting on a wooden bench that was part of a booth hung with Japanese lanterns, playing his old Silver Bell banjo. When he saw me he smiled that beautiful smile, waved, and then went back to his music on the Clouds Above the Rain. That image stayed with me, and soon another happy song came out, called Dance! I thought the octave jump in Dance! Would be fun for people to sing, and the song makes me want to dance, even though I don't really dance. I can't wait to play that song someday with a full country bluegrass band. Just for a Moment is a gentle song with just my voice and Mike Blasucci's beautiful guitar. It is slow and peaceful because of my friend Sister Judy (whom I knew from Immokalee). I was thinking about "rocking up" the song at the time Judy heard it, but she said no, it's a meditative song. She was right. I placed it right after Dance! So you wouldn't get the impression that I am happily optimistic about my life on a regular basis. There are many moments of doubt and fear, and of little faith. But when I'm reminded by something to focus on God, the feeling is so beautiful that I can't believe I ever forget. That brings me back to Spring Rain: "Remind me to remember just how hard it's been without you." Our Lady of Guadalupe is the story of St. Juan Diego and the Mexican manifestation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you've never experienced the "Doce de Deciembre" or "Twelfth of December" in a devout Mexican community, I recommend it highly. On that day in Immokalee, at 3:00 a.m., the church is full, the altar is covered with more flowers than I have ever seen, and the people are singing "mañanitas," or "little morning songs" for Our Lady. At dawn, costumed Aztec dancers fill the parking lot with their music as the people drink hot chocolate and eat pastries. Then they head out to work in the fields. The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe smiles from her grotto in Immokalee over at the grave of Father Richard Sanders, a priest who served the people there from 1981 to 1985. He died at age 47 of a massive heart attack and subsequent strokes, and the people loved him so much that they buried him there, opposite the grotto. Many think he was a saint, and some say they saw Jesus in him. He was previously a Trappist monk at Mepkin Abbey in S.C. I wrote his biography: Called From Silence: the Father Sanders Novel. It wasn't easy for Father Sanders to leave the peace of the abbey he loved, but he did it because he felt called to help the poor. His internal struggle inspired When You Call, from Jeremiah 29: 12-14: "'For I know well the plans I have in mind for you,' says the Lord....'when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you.'" Love One Another is a ballad about Father Sanders in Immokalee. People still pray at his grave, where his headstone reads: "Love One Another, As I Have Loved You." That is my prayer and wish for all of us. The final song is Go Change the World, and it popped out of my head so quickly that I was amazed I really wrote it. It's an inspirational challenge to all of us to go out and do what we can do to help others. You never know how much of an impact you can make, at any age, in any time. May the peace of God be with you always, Carlene.

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Kunstenaar: Thissen Carlene
Titel: Spring Rain
Genre: Christian
Releasedatum: 19-10-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884501410182
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