Peace Be With You
Thanks to the fact that I lost my interview and live performance recording of her on my digital voice recorder that I was to use for my podcast, I explored David further on her website to choose a song to sample. The first song from her Peace Be With You album immediately grabbed me -- the title cut to the album, a brief opening greeting that instantly took me to a peaceful place. It also occurred to me what a wonderful choice it would make for a song during the Sign of Peace at mass.
Listening further, I wondered if she had been influenced by Sarah McLachlan and Jeanne Cotter, because she sounds like a combination of both. Her vocals are so intimate, as if she’s in the room with you.
Lyrics are also good, avoiding the typical Catholic catch phrases for more creative images that convey the teachings of Christ.
Soaring harmonies complement several songs, including Only You and Love Lights the World.
The final song, Open Wide the Door, with its socially conscious lyrics and very easy-to-learn refrain, would make a wonderful congregational song for liturgy.
I will be listening to Peace Be With You again and again.” - Susan Bailey, Grapevine Magazine
Here I Am, Lord
The First Morning
“The piano instrumentals in Anne Marie David’s The First Morning will breathe peace into your soul. This CD has calmed me down in traffic jams, lightened my load when grieving for a friend, and provided beautiful background music in my house. David’s piano playing is a tranparency for the joys of the spirit -- but never too ethereal to grasp. There’s plenty of romance in her fluid riffs and melodies. One of my favorite songs of all time, Birch Pennings, transports the listener to the spring forest where her husband proposed on a piece of birch bark. Do your soul a favor and buy this CD. You’ll feel better every time you listen.” - Sara Hunter, writer/producer
Prayer of St. Francis
“Anne Marie David’s long-awaited collection, Prayer of St. Francis, is a spirit-inspired recording which truly reveals her gifts as an inspirational pianist. Her faith-filled interpretations of traditional hymns, chant and song bring the listener to peace and to prayer. What a wonderful gift to us!” - Michael Burgo, composer for World Library Publications
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