ALSO AVAILABLE - 'A GIFT OF SONG 'CD-ROM: contains pdf files for song melodies, lyrics, chords, background notes & photos].
The audio-CD contains fifteen tracks. See track list below. Some songs written as gifts for special occasions, for family, good people and good causes. This album includes 'Song for the Educators' often used as a staff prayer-reflection at the beginning of a new term or school-year. In the 8-page cover-booklet you will find photos and background notes related to the songs.
Peter writes: "In recording this CD I was privileged to have input from Kevin Hunt on keyboards. In 1999 Kevin was awarded the Mo Award for Australia's 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year'. He toured regularly with the late Don Burrows".
SONG FOR THE EDUCATORS / Often used as staff-prayer-reflection at the start of a new school year or term.
CELEBRATE ME DAY / "Let's celebrate me. Let's celebrate you - coming through the storm".
LOVE SHONE DOWN / A lovely modern Christmas Carol
SADAKO FROM HIROSHIMA / Robin Mann's beautiful song about the little girl who made paper-cranes in the hope of recovering from leukemia.
PERCY MUMBULLA / Peter's musical setting of fine flight of words by Christine Smith about her friendship with a remarkable Aboriginal elder and mystic.
THERE IS A QUIET / A powerful poem about Mary MacKillop by Josephite sister, Patricia Mary White. Set to music by Peter.
ALWAYS THERE FATHER TED / Peter's tribute to Fr Ted Kennedy of St. Vincent's Church, Redfern. Ted and Peter were friends for forty years.
JOURNEY TO CHANGE / Written for a group of young people travelling to a third-world country.
KEEPER OF THE SHRINE / A ballad on one man's struggle for the rights and dignity of workers.
ONE IN LOVE, ONE IN GOD / A catchy song-chant for Eucharist.
LOVE IS STARTING OVER / Celebrating a second marriage.
GATHER ROUND THIS TABLE / A wedding song in the context of Eucharist.
THE LOVE LIGHT / A song written by Peter for his son's marriage.
SOPHIE YOUR A STAR / A simple, short chant to one special person, or more people in turn .
GOD IS GOOD / A song of affirmation. "God is good. I am good. Life is good".
COMMENTS: "The idea of 'a gift of song' really appeals. Songs marking the dedicated larger contributions of others but also the simple contributions of the small - all those little stars shining out in the goodness of the everyday. I like the theme of the stars shining out - as in 'Love Shone Down' but also in 'The Love Light'. Very moving. I found that many songs on the album moved me to tears, especially 'Always There, Father Ted'. (Jan)
"Well-crafted songs and polished productions." (Gordon Biok)