I had a wonderful time chatting with long-time friend and fellow musician Steven Kapp PerryÂ about selecting songs for the CD,Â stories behind the songs, and how I’m trying to integrate all of the different parts of my life.Â
I wrote Pray For Rain right after I graduated with my master’s in clinical social work – a time when I was more acutely aware all of the pain and suffering going on in the world. I had spent the past year working intensely with abuse victims & perpetrators. At that same time there was a lot of upheaval and pain in my family of origin and in my extended family that left me feeling so helpless. I felt like there was nothing I could do except pray. Pray for Rain lyrics were my prayer, my cry out for help for myself, my family, and for the world. How we all need spiritual rain to “slake the thirst in this heartland”…
Producing a CD is a team sport withÂ many, many players. I’ve been blessed to work with so many amazing musicians, arrangers, producers, engineers, co-writers, executives, designersÂ through the years. Listening to this CD is like reliving the last 20 years of my life’s journey.Â Â Â
A highlight of producing this CD was reuniting with my producer John Hancock and getting back into the studio to record 2 NEW songs that are about themes in my current life – God’s Signature, & Hard ThingsÂ Â
Here are some behind the scenes shots of the band playing on the 2 new tunes.Â Â
Three years ago my dad, Lex de Azevedo, gave his daughters 3 arrangments of favorite Christmas songs inf 5 part harmony for us. Here’s “Jingle Bells” sung at a recent holiday party. HERE . From left to right: Lex (on piano) Rebecca, Rachel, Carrie, Emilie, me.