Franciscan Sisters feature Paul Finley’s “Prelude” and “Easter Song” for college students’ consideration and download at the Franciscanized World
GREEN BAY, Wisc., April 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire
/ — Paul reflected the musical themes of the Easter Song were altered in the Prelude to embody the Passion of Christ. “His heartbreak, humiliation and emptiness are captured and laid out here in music. The song ends with a trace of hope and sets the stage for the Easter Song.”
“Easter Song” was written out of gratitude. I had moved 2,000 miles from home and was rather alone. A friend at my job invited me to spend Easter with him and his family, starting with an Easter service then sharing food and each other’s company. The music came out that night and right off I knew this piece to be special.
Irene Walsh and I began performing together and she later wrote the lyrics specifically for me. What a gift! Never had I received something like this before. This piece is near and dear to me, as it marks a new point in my musical and spiritual journey.
Interestingly these two pieces were written 16 years apart. Irene and I recorded the Easter Song in 1997 on my old 4 track recorder. Today we live 1,000’s of miles apart. Her voice is just magic! The Easter Prelude was written in February 2012 specifically for the Franciscan Sisters. It’s a Holy Week meditation and jumps finally into Easter itself. All hope is ours. “
A Wisconsin native presently living in Austin, Texas, Paul’s third CD, ‘The Butterfly” narrates the story of the subject – war, nature, people and romance. Paul’s unique strumming creates the sound of multiple guitars.
A Wisconsin Conservatory of Music graduate, Paul has studied privately and took master classes with Michael Hedges, Fareed Haque, John Stropes and others. In Austin he teaches at The Austin Guitar School and One Day Academy.
Established in 1869, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic Health Care, Education and Parish-Community Service throughout the United States. Mission locations extend from St. Theresa in Kekaha, Hawaii to the Diocese of Phoenix, from Campus Ministry outreach in the Midwest to parochial schools in the Green Bay and Columbus Dioceses.