Recently, I hopped into my car to go home after a long and grinding first day back to work. I had just returned the day before from a two-week vacation exploring the treasures of two foreign countries I had never seen before.
The abrupt transition from play to work left me feeling quite blue, made worse by my receding memories of those weeks. Something in me needed music. So, I traded out my usual afternoon newscast for a "soul" song that caught my ear and brightened my heart.
Most of us appreciate the power of music to stir our soul, but it's often harder to recognize how the spirit can make the music.
Four people whose religion and spirituality are deeply connected to the music they make recently joined us and our audience for a taping at Copper Beech Institute on the campus of Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford. We talked about those connections, listened and sang to their music. We hope you'll be as moved by their music as we were.
- Arunan Arulampalam - Attorney, former singer/songwriter who currently leads worship at Riverfront Family Church in Hartford
- Noah Baerman - Pianist, composer, and the founder and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Wesleyan University.
- David Chevan - Jazz musician, composer, bassist and co-founder with Warren Byrd of The Afro-Semitic Experience and founder of a Klezmer orchestra, Nu Haven Kapelye
- Tina Colon Williams - Law Clerk at the U.S. Courts for the District of Connecticut and worship pastor at Elm City Vineyard Church in New Haven
Colin McEnroe, Catie Talarski and Gene Amatruda contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 19, 2017.