This July 2012 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to download water-inspired jazz Hymn of the Tides by Jamie Ousley. You’ll want to purchase the entire gentle, rhythm-based composition cd that supports a commitment to care for creation, in particular the non-profit Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light Organization. Click here.
Arnaldo Fortini writes about St. Francis of Assisi:
“Next to fire, he loved water. Now he was seeing anew the liveliness of the springs gushing out along the road, their moving water satisfying the thirst, their pools, mirrors of the sky, the still surfaces alive with images of sailing clouds on a sea of blue. He thought again of the day he had spent in meditation by the sea in Venice, by the lake near Perugia, in solitary and luminous nooks beautiful with algae and canebrakes-lonely place where he had spent long hours gazing at the looking-glass, exulting in the weft and woof of silver woven by the sun and wind on calm days, hidden spots where he had listened to the language spoken by restless waves.” (p. 564)
About Jamie Ousley
I grew up in the Methodist church as the son of a preacher, singing and hearing hymns from a very young age. As I continue to learn to be a “jazz” composer, I find the most peace and satisfaction in my compositions when I can let the music that’s in my heart out into the world. This hymn-style of music is planted deep in my heart, so when it comes out, it feels very honest to me. “Hymn of the Tides” is inspired by the gentle rhythms of the sea.
What comes to mind as you listen to Hymn of the Tides?