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
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" is the title track and theme
of the entire project. [Audio Sample:
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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.
||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
||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.
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:
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||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:
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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:
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.
My very heartfelt thanks to Ms. Shannon Keith for the truly lovely
graphics design work on the cover of the Make a Difference