Prayer Song by Danny Flowers

Paul Keggington

January 01, 2008

Danny FlowersDanny Flowers may be best known for having penned the classic, “Tulsa Time” (Don Williams, Eric Clapton), or as author of such soulful cuts as, “Before Believing” (title cut for Emmylou Harris’s Pieces Of The Sky) and “Gulf Coast Highway” (Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Evangeline), among others, but as a solo artist, his bluesy blend of raw emotion combined with a heartfelt yearning will speak to your very soul. Danny’s instrumentality has also earned him a high level of notoriety in the industry. Visit Danny’s website at:  http://www.dannyflowers.com and at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ1Oj76qaD0 Danny FlowersA couple of years ago I was in Sundance, Utah playing a series of songwriter performances. Every time that I walked down from my cabin to one of the main buildings I passed a statue sitting next to a creek of a Native American elder sitting cross-legged, with his head lifted up to the sky playing a drum & singing. Each time I walked by I would stop & stay a little longer as if my feet had suddenly become too heavy to move. The grace & elegance of the statue was mesmerizing. I found a little card in my room with some information about the statue including a brief quote from the dedication ceremony. I found out that it was sculpted by a great Native American artist named Allan Houser. Mr. Houser had done an enormous amount of work in his life including drawing, paintings & sculpture. His works are displayed in many prominent places throughout the world & are even featured in the Native American Museum in Washington, DC. This particular piece was called Prayer Song. I couldn’t get the statue out of my mind. I got my guitar out & wrote this song in one sitting having been inspired by this amazing work of art. Prayer Song invokes the Heavenly Father to “let there be life” & makes a strong statement about war & the senselessness of it all & how “no one is right”. My dear friend Emmylou Harris was gracious enough to sing harmony with me on the recording & my brother Bill Miller came over as well & played flute & added the second vocal harmony & chanted as well. I hope this song touches you in your heart & inspires you to join me in the affirmation” let there be life” until it truly comes to pass. Thanks for listening.