These songs come from Haiti.
All proceeds will benefit the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti.
Each morning there is mass in the chapel at St. Damien's Hospital, and it is very frequently a funeral mass. A funeral for a patient, a friend of staff, or an abandoned body brought to the St Luke team. These songs are sung throughout. They speak of great courage in the face of loss.
Lyrically, these are not direct translations, but I wrote them in the spirit of the Haitian songs. These are a humble attempt to share a few of the melodies and feelings that defined several years of my life.
I couldn't forget these melodies if I wanted to...and as it happens, I don't want to.
The original songs can be heard, in Haitian Kreyol, at stlukehaiti.bandcamp.com
For now they are not available for download, just here for your listening....but in the next few months they will be released as a record.
released 12 January 2015
These songs were recorded with the help, support and generously donated time of J.B. and Rob at Lindbergh Palace Studios. They are incredibly talented and uncommonly kind. Learn more about their studio here: www.lindberghpalacestudios.com
Esther Desir and the Haiti Choir are heard on With You With Me.
Dawn Landes sings on With You With Me. Jon Crawley plays piano on Noye Noye. Maddy Wyatt sings on Noye, Noye and I'm Gonna See Jeff Mercel plays drums on "I'm Gonna See". Kyle Ervin plays bass on "I'm Gonna See". Matt Singer sings on "I'm Gonna See". Pete Lanctot plays fiddle on "I'm Gonna See." Jonathan Benedict plays keys on "I'm Gonna See". Nate Reit (trombone), Jonathan Saraga (trumpet), Bill Todd (saxophone), and Ric Becker (trombone) make up the horn section on "I'm Gonna See".
Every one of these talented folks donated their time to the project and I am truly grateful for this.
To learn more about the Haitian music that these songs grow from please read here: www.huffingtonpost.com/wynn-walent/haiti-music-singing_b_2294627.html
To learn more about the courageous and transformational work being done by the Haitian staff and leadership at St. Luke Foundation for Haiti please visit stlukehaiti.org
Thanks to my friend Joe Colly for creating the CD art. The photo was taken by Rebecca Arnold.