Building a Bridge Through Song and Community

by Sister Julie Ann on May 28, 2010

Steel Bridge Songfest Musicians
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight the efforts of the Steel Bridge Songfest which builds community while saving a historic landmark in Door County Wisconsin.

A campaign to save an old bridge becomes a large-scale musical event, inspiring artists and revitalizing a community in the process. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share songs and offer free music downloads of selections that bring home the message, convey the fun and immortalize the spirit of  Steel Bridge Songfest, Door County, WI. St. Francis would feel at home in this event that builds even deeper bridges of the heart and spirit.

You’ll want to listen to a sample of writers and artists who volunteer their time, energy and creativity with proceeds and royalties donated to the Steel Bridge Fund held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Keep scrolling and clicking until you have heard each song.

And if you like what you hear, desire to hear more and count yourself apart of this community-in-the-making cause, click here.  Or better consider showing up in person at this fun event on June 10-13, 2010. Check here for a schedule that includes over 150 musicians.

Leavin It All Behind by Todd Carey and Freedy Johnson

Build Us A Bridge by Kim Manning and Landon Capelle

The Real Deal by Tom Schriner-Schmitt

There is An Answer by James Hall

He Walked on The Water by Mo Rose

Additional News Flash: The Great Sturgeon Bay Ship Horn Sound Off

You are invited to be part of a truly unique sonic event involving the Wisconsin DOT bridge  horns, the tug fleet, the Maritime Musuem’s John Purves tug, the Coast Guard and any other ships in port at 12 noon, Saturday, June 12. Read more.

Messages from the Artists

Todd Carey

Todd Carey

Song: Leavin It All Behind

Comments from Todd

On May 25th, Todd will release “After the Morning After”. Produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Callait, Angel Taylor), the set showcases his triplethreat singing/songwriting/guitar playing.



Kim ManningKim Manning

Song: Build Us a Bridge

Comment about the song:

This song is about how we are all connected, everyone, and that by recognizing and honoring that connection we can rest assured that we are never alone, and that we can all grow strong, healthy, happy and holy.  As Yogi Bhajan said ‘See God in all or see God not at all’.


I found a bridge 

Would you meet me there?

 Won’t walk alone

 Your spirits in the air

Love is the common Ground 

Two heartbeats make one sound

 Let’s build us a bridge

and stop tearing old one’s down


83 thoughts on “Building a Bridge Through Song and Community”

  1. abby gorzlancyk says:

    I think you are right rachel,
    if you really just listen to the song you'll get the vibe of
    what everything in life is!!!

  2. beth says:

    I definitely will listen and comment on everyone's posts! It's really interesting to hear what people have to say about different songs. This will now be one of the websites I go on a lot!

  3. AmariW says:

    I want to get on facebook

  4. Abby S. says:

    hey katie, i made a lot of friend too. I love camp.

  5. Ashley says:

    I liked it too Ana!!!!

  6. Abby S. says:

    totally, I agree with you.

  7. AmariW says:

    build us a bridge is a nice song I really like it

  8. P.T says:

    I thought that the song he walked on the water was a great song! 🙂

  9. Beaneebabii says:

    he walked on water. has an interesting vibe to it.. i like it. two thumbs up

  10. Ashley says:

    I love camp too Katie!!! I will come her next year too!!!

  11. Ashley says:

    I like the song too!!

  12. Daija says:

    Building a brigde speaks to me as you having to make a change and not worrying about the outcome just putting your trust in God!!!

  13. BOB says:


  14. Ashley says:

    I agree with you!!

  15. Ashley says:

    I will come on here too!!

  16. Ashley says:

    Hey Kendyll,
    I totally agree with you. You need to look at the future. 🙂

  17. Ashley says:

    What about 4?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  18. Ashley says:

    Thats nice

  19. abby says:

    Hi Katies twin!!! 🙂

  20. Reading between the lines, it is evident that there is a lot of positive feelings being expressed. May the Lord bless you for taking the time to comment.

  21. Yeah! It'll be great to keep in touch with you, Beth! Peace and all good.

  22. Ashley, it'll be a treat to hear your thoughts on the artists. The Lord bless you.

  23. Amari, try another selection. With the variety of musicians this month, I would guess you will find one that speaks to your heart.

  24. This song isn't my style, but it has interesting lyrics. I interpreete it like it was saying you are not alone in this world. And if you are going through a rough time, someone will be there to help you get through, or build a bridge.

  25. Emily says:

    Build us a Bridge is different from most songs, but you could understand the topic of the song!

  26. Briana says:

    In the song “Build us a Bridge” it made me think about my transition from high school going into college, it can be a scary concept to think about, but I know that God will be with me the whole way.

  27. Sheree says:

    The song “Build Us a Bridge” made me think about the transitioning from high school to a new life in college. Also, it made me thing about becoming an adult. I enjoyed the song.

  28. JCW says:

    The song 'Build Us a Bridge” has a very true message, we should be building our relationships with Jesus Christ and our friends, famil, and neighbors, not tearing them down.

  29. Allissa says:

    “Build me a Bridge” means to set goals!

  30. Kerry says:

    This song made me feel happy!!!!

  31. Wynna says:

    “Build me a Bridge” made me think of going from grade school to junior high!

  32. Megan says:

    I like “Build Us a Bridge” because it talks about being connected and not being alone.

  33. Lillie says:

    This song isn;t my style but it has interesting lyrics. There are many ways you could interpret it. I interpretted it like it was saying you are not alone in this world. And if you are going through a rough time, someone will be there to help you get through, or build a bridge.

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