Being of Light
My name, CarolAnn, is French for "song of joy and grace". I have been singing ever since I was a young child - at home, camp, church and in school plays, musicals and choirs. Singing has always been the sweetest part of my life. As a young adult I began performing and recording professionally in the Seattle area. Suddenly, as a young mother, I was stricken with a virally caused encephalitis. This is an inflammation of the lining of the brain, which kills most, but for some reason I was spared. Although, as one Internist indelicately declared, my life was a "train wreck". Most of the right and part of the left hemisphere of my brain were damaged. I was trapped in bed or on the couch for many years, trying to figure out how to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Ten years into what I hoped was my recovery, a friend asked me if I would create an album of music specifically for critically and terminally ill children. Even though I was severely disabled and living in my nightgown, I responded with a wholehearted, "YES!". I had no idea how on earth I was going to heal my body, let alone find the strength to compose, record and distribute a new album of music. Yet I knew without any doubt, that this was my destiny. That was fifteen years ago. There were so many exhausted, pain-racked moments when I just wanted to give up, but my heart would remind me of my promise ~ to the children. This would give me the courage to persevere, to continue seeking care, having faith that I would one day be able to fulfill my promise. Today is that day! Over the years my music has been used by many for inspiration, relaxation and massage. As you listen you will find that this collection of songs is not 'children's music'. Nor is it limited to the care of those who are ill or nearing the end of their lives, but can also be beneficial to those who are seeking a deeper sense of peace in this life. All but two of these songs are in the form of chant. When playing this music for a loved one, if they have a favorite song, simply push the "repeat" button and allow the sound to envelope them in a cocoon of care. The sweet simplicity of repetition serves as a refuge where our souls can rest, where we can gather our strength for the journey ahead ~ wherever it may lead.