We, as Americans have been more blessed with prosperity than any other people in the world. It is our responsibility to share that blessing with others. Purchasing the Make a Difference album is one way you can help.

All proceeds from Make a Difference are being given to the Global Foods Crisis Fund a project of the Church of the Brethren . You can get your copy of Make a Difference at the Brethren Press on CD or cassette.

Notes from Joseph

Make a Difference originated in my brain at a national young adult conference. The theme that weekend was "one creation under God." I got to thinking on the preamble to our constitution and the inscription on the statue of liberty. Do they still mean anything to our modern, largely self-centered society? I came away with only two options. I could spend my days overwhelmed with the social guilt of it all, or I could do something to help. The album is my way of donating to my neighbors in want, as well as trying to spread the word of hope. I do not want to simply be an idealist. I want those words of our ancestors to be a living, working, reality.

The following is a partial listing of the tunes you will hear on Make a Difference. If you have Windows Media Player, you can preview some of the songs. Simply click on the speed of your connection.
Make a Difference "Make a Difference" is the title track and theme of the entire project. [Audio Sample: 28k | 56k+]
Be Thou My Vision “Be Thou My Vision” has always been a favorite hymn of mine. The sheer beauty of the Irish melody and the archaic poetry make me never tire of singing it.
Dollar Bill Song The wonderful “Dollar Bill Song” captures the tracks we leave. Mr. Andy Breckman wrote this many years ago and has done some humor writing since then for David Letterman
Rich Man I decided to write “Rich Man” after viewing a PBS special on prisoners of war in Vietnam. It served once again as a reality check. Too many of us have no clue about the difference between a problem and an inconvenience.
The Fiddler of Dooney Years ago, my high school English teacher handed me a copy of “The Fiddler of Dooney”. “This is you,” she said. It was over a decade before I knew what she meant. Thanks, Big Mabel. [Audio Sample: 28k | 56k+]
Rachel Delevoryas Although written by Randy Stonehill, “Rachel Delevoryas” is very much true for me. Janey, I hope I can see you in person someday to apologize and tell you I love you. [Audio Sample: 28k | 56k+]
Carol of the Bells I love to play “Carol of the Bells” on the banjo. The idea came as a challenge from a friend. [Audio Sample: 28k | 56k+]
I Wanna Be a Dog Written by Mr. Barry Louis Polisar in 1979. The quintessential version is included on his CD, Old Dogs, New Tricks. What a delightful tune.

About the cover

My very heartfelt thanks to Ms. Shannon Keith for the truly lovely graphics design work on the cover of the Make a Difference CD.

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