‘Breathe’ by Paul Finley: Vocation Meditation

by Sister Julie Ann on January 6, 2012

At the threshold of National Vocation Awareness Week, January 9-16, 2012, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to pause for a breath of possibility while listening to Paul Finley’s ‘Breathe’ from the cd The Butterfly. Vocation is the call to be freely ourselves, to be alive with the gifts of  Holy Spirit.  Be moved by more of Paul’s guitar instrumentals as you discern God’s will for your life and decide on a lifestyle of self-less service. Consider our Franciscan discernment retreat.

“Breathe” was a good lesson in editing ideas and here’s how: The original version of this piece had another half to it. But I couldn’t find a bridge between the two. A film maker friend of mine needed  music for his project and I knew the first half of the piece would work well. I recorded it just using the first half and called it done. Soon enough in listening back to it I could tell it really was now done. No need for more. It said what it needed to and was fully beautiful in its own right. Cutting free the other part then gave this piece life.
-Paul Finley

 “Prayer itself… is the first means by which we come to know the Lord’s will for our lives. To the extent that we teach young people to pray, and to pray well, we will be cooperating with God’s call…the discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, (all of us!) if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call.”  -Pope Benedict XVI

About Paul

Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin and presently living in Austin, Texas, Paul Finley is a true  journeyman who explores the depths of human joy and pain through the universal language – music. His third CD, ‘The Butterfly” was released on New Bell Recordings. The music narrates the story of the subject – war, nature, people and romance. Paul’s  unique melody strumming creates the sound of multiple guitars from one instrument.

A former faculty member and graduate of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Paul has studied privately and took master classes with Michael Hedges, Ben Verdery, Fareed Haque, John Stropes and a host of others. Paul has been teaching guitar for over 20 years worldwide. In Austin he teaches at The Austin Guitar School, One Day Academy and does private lessons. 2002 to 2008 Paul was on the road, recording and touring worldwide with Austin, Texas based duo Spoken Groove. Mas Optica was his Indie rock/Progressive Metal band from 1985 to 1996. Read more.

Websites:

http://www.paulfinleymusic.com/blog/

Follow these links to find Paul’s music as well:�
iTunes
Pandora radio

9 thoughts on “‘Breathe’ by Paul Finley: Vocation Meditation”

  1. It is a blessing to have this beautiful music from Paul as we pray for
    all young women and men whom God is calling to give themselves to Him as
    Sisters, Brothers, or Priests! Thank you Paul for helping us to pray!

  2. This song is a great 'breather' for this special week. I plan on playing it often!

  3. Sr. Leslie says:

    This is wonderful. Paul you are fantastic.

  4. BCD says:

    God uses music to help us think…

  5. T. says:

    It makes me think that I should appreciate everything that I have.

  6. W. says:

    It opens my heart to him.

  7. N. says:

    We are all called to vocation…now.

  8. YB says:

    Peaceful.

  9. M.M.M. says:

    The melody catches my attention.

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