Immerse Yourself into the ‘The Wonderful Sea Voyage of the Holy St. Brendan’ by Alison Brown

by Sister Julie Ann on May 1, 2010

Aware that St. Brendan’s May 16 feastday naturally stirs up images of heroic adventure, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite all those charting new pathways during this month of graduation and end of the semester studies to immerse yourself into the dramatic Celtic sound of  The Wonderful Sea Voyage of the Holy St. Brendan by Alison Brown. May you find Christ before, behind, beside, beneath and within you, but especially in the hearts of all that love you.

Alison’s Comments

Alison Brown Musical Artist

Franciscan Sisters collaborate with Alison Brown to offer 'The Wonderful Sea Voyage of the Holy St. Brendan' as a free music download.

I was inspired to write “The Wonderful Sea Voyage” after watching a program on the Discovery Channel about the wanderings of the early Christian monk Brendan the Navigator.  According to legend, Brendan made a voyage from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland around 550 AD possibly becoming the first European to travel to the New World.  Brendan and his company of 14 monks traveled for 7 years in a small leather curragh enduring many hardships but experiencing many fantastic adventures as well.  I tried to capture the feel of the sea and some of the drama of Brendan’s adventure in this tune – I hope you enjoy it!

Alison’s Bio

Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as an internationally recognized banjoist.  The former investment banker (she has a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA) toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Michelle Shocked before forming her own group, The Alison Brown Quartet.  She has recorded 10 critically-acclaimed solo albums including the Grammy winning Fair Weather (2000 Best Country Instrumental Performance). Alison has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.  She is also co-founder of the internationally recognized Compass Records Group which oversees more than 600 releases from the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs and which has been called by Billboard Magazine “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.” Alison currently serves on the Board of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and as Treasurer of the International Bluegrass Music Association as well as on the adjunct faculty of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.  She lives in Nashville with her husband Garry West and their 2 children:  Hannah (7) and Brendan (3).


15 thoughts on “Immerse Yourself into the ‘The Wonderful Sea Voyage of the Holy St. Brendan’ by Alison Brown”

  1. Wow! This a beautiful song! She really did capture the adventures of the sea in it it! It makes me think of the joyfulness and adventure that one finds in a journey with God. It's a song I could listen to again and again without getting tired of it. Amazing!

  2. Postulant Marie Wilhelm says:

    This is a really wonderful song! As a banjo artist she really captures the ambiance of a voyage and this reminds me of what is going on in my life right now. I am in for an adventure going down to Arizona and seeing what it is like to be on mission in the West. I can't wait. I will think of this song when I am on the airplane!!

  3. To experience the wonders of the missions as a postulant is a gift. Enjoy and know that God is part of this adventure by air and desert.

  4. May you find many adventures in the weeks ahead and see Christ before you and ever within you. Blessings on your journey as a postulant.

  5. sisterpamelacatherinenovice says:

    The journey with Christ is a journey of joy. In the spreading of the faith, the apostles faced hardship and persecution but never lost the joy of the Lord, continuing on the journey. St. Brendan was on a voyage to the, “Land of Delight,” stopping at various places throughout Ireland spreading the goodness of the Lord. His too was a journey of joy and this song captures the essence of that joy in venturing forth toward the One we love. May we also, as the apostles and St. Brendan, sail along in the joy and excitement of our Lord.
    Happy Journies!!

  6. I like that…'Land of Delight'. May your days as a novice capture the essence of joy-life with Christ, the supreme navigator!

  7. Sister Chiara says:

    This is a wonderful song! It really does fit well with the idea of a journey. We are all on a journey in life. Each journey takes a different route but they all have the same destination in life. Along the way, many exciting side adventures help us. My journey right now is leading me to profession next month! What a joyful journey it is! 🙂 May you all have joyful journeys! 🙂

  8. You are right. This song fits your own jubilant spirit. May the Lord continue to guide you in the pathways of peace in these days before first profession.

  9. robertworthington says:

    Alison plays absolutely beautiful music. Her talents are phenomenal.

  10. Robert, your comment couldn't be more true. This music is a wonderful tribute to Alison and all mothers who have stayed the course in guiding their children in their unique adventures in life.

  11. This is a wonderful artistic piece that inspires joy!

  12. Holly says:

    It's like life-it has its high beats and low beats, but it continues on with the same joyfulness. The beats may go faster or slower, but the music is still beautiful.

  13. Izzy says:

    As I listen to this melodious song, yet very interesting collaboration of instrumental sounds, it drifts me into a state of harmony.

  14. Arlene says:

    It feels as if I am getting closer to the journey.

  15. Chris Dehart says:

    Great song. Meeting Sisters Mary Ann and Julie Ann in Houma was quite a blessing. Praying for all.

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