Openhearted prayer

When folk singers Suzzy and Maggie Roche began collecting prayers and putting them to music, they had no idea that a national disaster would highlight the poignancy of the songs. Suzzy Roche, whose previous CDs include Songs from an Unmarried Housewife and Mother, Greenwich Village, USA, and Holy Smokes, decided to pursue the prayer project after participating in a forum at Harvard University's Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, in which artists explored issues of race, identity and community. Suzzy asked friends and strangers to share a poem, prayer or meditation that she could put to music. She taped copies to her apartment window and spent time "living with" the prayers, saying each one aloud and then (with sister Maggie) composing music. They recorded 18 of the songs, and named the CD after the address of the building where institute participants met.

 

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