Faith and Beyond
Over two years in the making, tenor vocalist John Ogrodowczyk's second album Faith and Beyond charts an exotic spiritual journey. Although it begins with John's classical favorite Panis Angelicus, it quickly departs from the traditional by exploring the spiritual subtext of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, a song so poignantly relevant in today's war-torn world. From there, the listener is introduced to an original adaptation of Lord of the Dance, titled Dance, Then, Wherever You May Be. John and his son David composed new words to express the idea of the ever-present divine force of creation; the title is an invitation to listeners to join in the celebration of the cosmic dance, wheverer they may be in their own spiritual journeys. The album includes arrangements of To Where You Are and You Raise Me Up, two beautiful and inspirational songs popularized by Josh Groban, with the latter piece presented in an original arrangement of acoustic folk strings including appalachian dulcimer. Other unusual features are a stirring rendition of God Bless America recorded live at Fenway Park in Boston, on the occasion of Father's Day, 2006, when John was invited to sing our national anthem for the soon-to-be champion Boston Red Sox; a duet version of Amazing Grace with Carol Yetto and her children's choir; and a nod to John's heritage in the beautiful Polish lullaby Lulajze, Jezuniu. The album closes with an orchestral arrangement of Peter Mayer's beautiful folk paean to the Earth entitled Blue Boat Home, which inspires us to remember that while our attention is directed heavenward, we must never forget the debt we owe to the "blue boat" that carries us on our adventures. With John's pure, clear voice, and accompaniments alternately spare and lush, Faith And Beyond is inspiring music for anyone's journey of the spirit.