In this Lenten springtime Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer the free music download Do People Bloom by Ezra Holbrook, a reassuring ideal that people can and do bloom even in the deserts of life. Like St. Francis of Assisi’s poetic use of creation to praise God in the Canticle of the Creatures, Ezra Holbrook grounds himself in a deep earthy similie to sing a song of hope and redemption in all of relationships.
Note: We wish to dedicate this song to college students who often feel like seeds waiting underground to bloom. We are grateful for faith-filled Catholic Ministry and Newman Center pastors and other dedicated support staff who offer direction and nourishment (and welcome us Franciscan Sisters in your midst) i.e. UW Green Bay, UW Stevens Point, UW Whitewater, UW Superior; Northern Michigan University Catholic Campus Ministry, Marquette; St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Purdue, IN; St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbus, OH.
For all who carry spring in your heart, this song is for you!
Comment from Ezra
When I wrote this song I was struggling through some personal issues, issues that I felt were impacting the quality of my relationships with other people. The song is about meeting someone who inspires you to overcome your demons, hopefully becoming a better person. Its about redemption, second chances and whether or not we really can change who we are for the better. Needless to say I certainly hope we can.
Ezra Holbrook has produced music for over forty different bands spanning punk, rock, folk and funk genres. After ten years of growing his own material, this former Decemberist and current member of the Minus 5, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats and KMRIA, springs forth in his new solo album “Save Yourself”. Well-known both locally in Portland, OR and nationally, it is timely that Ezra’s solo effort is now heard.
You’ll want to listen to all of “Save Yourself”, a moving collection of songs that invite reflection on the themes of redemption, forgiveness and love with fine finger-tuned guitars, ardent vocals and sensitively-stirring lyrics. Read more about Ezra.