January Franciscan Music: ‘Do I Dare’ by David Wilcox

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

January 07, 2015

Career, Calling, Vocation. Gifts and talents, desire and destinies. “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked in a recent Gospel reading? What are your gifts as a young adult? As a college student? As a Catholic growing in faith? Everyone who seriously reflects on life at some point asks “ Do I dare believe? Do I dare step forward? Why is it so challenging for some to discern a calling in life?”

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Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to listen, reflect and act on David Wilcox’s music Do I Dare.

Do I Dare comes from one of David Wilcox’s early albums. ”The Night Watchman”. It’s constructed around one of the most deeply profound and personal questions anyone can ask.

“Do I dare believe and let love lead my life?”
Rather than simply affirming, the singer honestly explores that question, candidly admitting:

“I don’t have all the answers I can’t explain it all I’m not sure where I’m going But I think I hear a call”

 About David Wilcox

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are featuring Do I Dare by David WilcoxCleveland-born David Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell.  His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.  He released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988.

Now, in a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David continues to find and deliver joy, inspiration, and invention. His latest album ‘blaze’ is a “complex blossom of contradictions that is held together at the center by this blissfully focused state of mind that I first came to know while pedaling across the country. The blossom of this record has petals that go out in different, seemingly contradictory directions.”

Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched.  He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night.  It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going.  I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”