Aware that many of us seek peace during the Easter Season, as we prepare for the end of another semester of classes or desire more confidence as we take steps toward our future, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer a free song Serenity by Arthur Lee Land.
St. Francis desired a peace that included a closeness with God, harmony with other people and all creation and integrity within himself. St. Clare wrote: “What you do, may you always do, and never abandon, but with swift pace light step, and unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust, go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly on the path of prudent happiness.” (Image of Assisi: Brigette Hartges)
I have been co-writing songs with Arthur Lee Land for about 18 years now. We’ve been married for 29 years this May!!!! I am a non-performing lyricist. Our songs are deep collaborations that sometimes come out complete in a few hours and other times take weeks, months or never get completed. The song Serenity happened about 5 years into songwriting together.
Arthur was playing the acoustic guitar in the living room and I was doing something else when the music struck a feeling in me and inspired me to start writing. It was a stormy evening and we had candles lit. I had been thinking a lot about prayer and what kind of feeling, sense of space or result I was wanting. The word Serenity came through and whatever dictionary I looked up the definition in stated: shining, bright and steady. I could not have come up with a better definition of the feeling I was hoping to create when I prayed.
These became the opening words and I realize the moments we humans experience in life that create any Serenity are indeed truly blessed moments that heal the heart and create open space for life to flow through. I am so incredibly grateful to experience the words I write played and recorded by an incredible musician, Arthur Lee Land, who continually inspires me to write! Thanks for listening. -Carol Lee
About Arthur Lee Land
Lyons Colorado based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovative “Loop-Artist” and educator Arthur Lee Land plays an eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass (worldbeat/bluegrass) and electronica. Touring as an unforgettable solo act using the Art of Live-Looping to create a full band sound by layering vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures and effects. Watch the Art of Live-Looping 2min Video Press Kit: http://youtu.be/Q_eQ3g-xhgg
Arthur Lee Land, released his 4th album Cracked Open in May of 2013 on Perfect Groove Records. Musically speaking, Electro-Americana may best describe Arthur Lee Land’s groundbreaking style that is driven by the integration of sophisticated musical, emotional and spiritual juxtapositions but cannot fully explain the unique dynamics at work when Arthur enters the studio or takes the stage.
Arthur’s intuitive collaboration with his non-performing lyricist/wife Carol Lee is an integral part of the artistic landscape of Arthur Lee Land. Arthur’s autobiographical song and music video “Good Enough” has been used to raise awareness and money for AbleChild: Parents for Label and Drug Free Education—a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to parents, caregivers and ADD/ADHD children’s rights. AbleChild Co-Founder Sheila Matthews says “AbleChild is thrilled to see such a talented musician recognize that children possess an innate, creative spirit that needs to be nurtured and channeled rather than subdued by psychiatric labels and drugs.
Arthur should be viewed as a role model for all our children so that they know they can be themselves, learn, and succeed” If you or anyone you know has children that are labeled “ADD/ADHD” please check out: http://www.ablechild.org As a pioneer of and global expert in The Art of Live-Looping with 20+ years’ experience in the field of youth education, Arthur has been on staff at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School in Lyons CO since 2003 teaching guitar and “Art of Live-Looping” classes. Arthur’s inspirational and interactive K-12 school assembly programs and workshops have reached over 50,000 students in over 25 states across the country. For tour dates, music, videos and artist info visit: www.arthurleeland.com