Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate St. Francis of Assisi’s feast all month long with a streaming Peace Concert. Listen to Franciscan Friar Fr. Tansi Ibisi, CFR’s Nani Chineke, Rick Busy’s Pray, Arwen Lewis’ It’s a Beautiful Day Today and Peace Round from Compass Records. May your feet be stirred into action for others.
Photo: Morning St. Francis by Assumption of the BVM Province Fr. Brendan Wroblewski, OFM.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord show His face to you and give us all peace.
Nani Chineke by Franciscan Friar Fr. Tansi Ibisi, CFR
The piece entitled Nani Chineke is actually a mishmash of spiritual and traditional Nigerian songs. The video was shot in Chicago in November 2016 by Spirit Juice. The piece really comes from songs from two different languages (Ibo and Yoruba), which I thought worked well together. Br. Mark-Mary had heard me sing it once and thought that, along with scenes from Generation Hope, it could make a great addition to other work he’s already done in support of Mary’s Meals.
Mary’s Meals is a charity that aims to provide chronically hungry children across the world with one meal every school day. It is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. They are currently feeding over one million children every day.-Franciscan Friar Fr. Tansi Ibisi,
Pray by Rick Busby
Rick Busby is an Austin Texas based singer-songwriter. His newest record, The Soul of Everything, is being readied for an early 2018 release through Atticus Records. In the mid-90s Rick made a commitment to return to his first love of songwriting, dramatically changing the course of his life and career.
The initial sessions for his album ‘Soul Diving’ concluded late in the night, just a few hours before the events of September 11, 2001. “When I initially wrote the song ‘Pray,’ I didn’t see it as being part of Soul Diving. But, it seems God had another plan.”
One year later, “Pray” received a “Song of the Year” nomination from the Texas Music Academy, and the song has since become a staple in his repertoire. “It’s one of those songs that I have to play at almost every show, and I get requests for it more than any other song I have written. He has performed the song in numerous churches, and on stages from Texas to D.C., including a private event on Capitol Hill with a host of Congressmen, Senators and staffers.”
It’s A Beautiful Day Today written by Mr. Bob Mosley has always painted a beautiful picture of serenity for me, lyrically and musically. It is a great honor to have created a new recording of this song with my father Peter Lewis, producer John DeNicola, and the other fine musicians who offered their skills to this composition. I consider this song a musical gem, and am happy to be a part of sharing it with the world.
Mr. Bob Mosley has offered a statement about what inspired him to write “Its a beautiful day today.” He noted that the lyrics of the song explain his inspiration, so his inspiration to write “It’s a Beautiful Day Today” was this:
“From dawn to dawn a life time, the birds sing and day has begun, the heavens shine from dawn ’til dusk, with golden rays of sun, people on their way, beginning a brand new day, I love hearing people say, it’s a beautiful day today.” – Arwen Lewis (Photo credit: Henry Diltz)
The Peace Round by Compass Records
Jean Ritchie’s fans and admirers come together on ‘Dear Jean” to honor the living legacy of the Kentucky-born singer/songwriter many refer to as “The Mother of Folk”. Contributors were selected to represent the diversity of genres and generations Ritchie has influenced throughout her life