Name a Concert that was Soul-Inspiring

by Sister Julie Ann on March 4, 2010

marquee_panorama1_lo_res.jpgGiven the Vatican has its own opinion of the greatest top ten rock albums of all times, it should be no surprise to Catholics or anyone else that some concerts truly are more than entertainment. One example is Rickie Lee Jones’ appearance at the Barrymore in Madison, WI  on February 23, 2010. Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF and Postulants Kara Martin and Marie Wilhelm found it was a spiritual experience fitting the Lenten Season’s mystery of life and death especially as reflected in John’s Gospel Final Discourse where Jesus promises that there are multiple dwelling places in His Father’s house. 

Sister Mary Ann: ‘His Jeweled Floor,’ in particular, is so right for this time of Lent. We deepen our relationship with Jesus, living this mystery of life, suffering, death and resurrection when we learn to embrace the life we have with Him; experiencing and desiring to live on a level of interaction and feeling with ourselves and others. ‘His Jeweled Floor’ is about this journey.

img_6945.jpgKara: It is wonderfully hopeful reflection on the loss of a loved one and how we will be reunited with them “on His jeweled floor” in heaven. It is perfect for this time of Lent when we are reflecting on the death and resurrection of the Lord that enable us to also enter heaven.

Marie: The song “His Jeweled Floor” reminds me not to worry when my loved ones die. They will be in a better place and some day I will be there to join them on God’s jeweled floor! This concert was amazing. Rickie Lee has a great talent for music and I was very impressed with all her songs and the variety of ways she uses musical instruments.

Concert Photo: Fred Graber, Fred Graber Photography, Madison, WI)

Name a concert whose memory burns in your heart and soul.

6 thoughts on “Name a Concert that was Soul-Inspiring”

  1. I am delighted to have discovered your blog, which I will recommend to our readers.
    Armiger Jagoe, editor of The Joyful Catholic

  2. Armiger, and what kind of music do you enjoy?

  3. John says:

    I have had many wonderful musical moments and love music very much, for me it is often about things like connecting, healing, truth, respect, wonder . . . and at least a few wonderful moments performing even though I am not a “performer” . . . but a very special moment for me was almost exactly 18 years ago, I was in some bleachers at a sort of country fair and EmmyLou Harris was performing with a very traditional band doing mainly some very traditional songs.

    Then out of the blue, she did a song about some departed American heroes.

    My heart had been getting black, rotten feelings, and I was sort of wobbling at the time towards what I might hope to be the end of a phase of my life . . . when she got to the bridge she changed a preposition, she sang the line “didn’t you love the things they stood for” just like another person named Dion had previously sung the song, and at that moment I was, inside, “yes”, but the next line on the hit record from years ago was “didn’t they try to find some good for you and me” only she changed a preposition, “didn’t they try to find some good in you and me”, and something difficult to put into words happened in that unexpected moment as I felt so far from where I wanted to be, my heart so dark and cluttered from what it once may have been or from what it was meant to be . . . and although this may not sound very pretty or joyous, one of the men in the song once spoke the night before he died of how he could have died years before if he had sneezed and how a female high school student of a different race had written him and said “I am so glad you didn’t sneeze” . . . someone once said this is about seconds and inches . . . for me, I am grateful that EmmyLou Harris was moved for some reason to change that preposition . . . and maybe I was just in the right spot in the right condition, through no credit to myself . . .

  4. John, thanks for sharing your memorable concert experience. You made me want to hear more of Emmy Lou Harris’ music.

  5. Is it o.k. if I add a soul-inspiring speaker to this posting? Recently, Sister Mary Ann and I heard Mitch Albom (author of ‘Have a Little Faith’, ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’) address a huge crowd of Catholics. He seemingly stirred the heart of many with his stories and his Jewish sensitivity to God’s presence as shown by the long standing ovation that he received.

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