Saturday, March 8, 2008
Feather & Bone
Laurel Massé gave me a copy of her CD, “Feather & Bone,” one Sunday after Mass at our church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I had fallen in love with her singing when she sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow” several weeks earlier. She has a way of reaching right to the soul of her listeners, and that is apparent on this CD as well.
Beginning with the lovely old Quaker hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing,” through “I am the Mountain Singer,” a poem by Joseph Campbell she put to music, and mystical selections including a 12th century hymn by Hildegard von Bingen, Massé in 12 largely a cappella tracks gives expression to spirituals and Celtic folk songs, ragas and Bach, millennium-old French hymns and modern pop songs to create what the Absolute Sound called "a recording of extraordinary sonic and musical value."
This CD has a deep, earthy quality that feels both ancient and eternal. It could easily lead someone into prayer, either at retreats or for silent times alone. Check out Massé’s web site at www.laurelmasse.com to order this beautiful CD.