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Sounds of Light Productions, Angel Light
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Music Inspired by the Angels
Catholic Music Spotlight with Sounds of Light Productions, Angel Light
music comes in all styles these days. For those who enjoy incorporating
music into their prayer, the new CD Angel Light from Sounds of
Light Productions, will be a wonderful resource.
Sounds of Light Productions is comprised of the musical
team of Elizabeth Sullivan-Holleman, Lynne DeRussy and a talented young
woman named Mary Catherine. Their debut CD features twelve original
compositions, based on a combination of traditional Catholic prayers,
beloved Psalms and Sullivan-Holleman’s angelically inspired themes. Cantor
Lynne DeRussy is the primary vocalist for the project, working in harmony
with Sullivan-Holleman’s lovely piano work. Some of the songs feature an
ethereal Celtic flavor bordering on luminescence, which aptly pays tribute
to the angelic muses of the project. Those who enjoy liturgical music and
more traditional music will likely enjoy Angel Light.
Sounds of Light Productions recently shared with me the
following comments on their musical teamwork and their new CD, Angel
Q: Please give some
background information on Sounds of Light Productions? How did you come
together creatively and what are your respective backgrounds?
A: After serious illness, the composer, Elizabeth
Sullivan-Holleman, began dreaming new music for a Catholic Mass. The first
song she dreamed was Agnus Dei in Latin. Upon hearing the voice of
Lynne DeRussy, singing as the cantor at Our Lady of the Gulf Church, Betty
(Elizabeth) thought, "That's the voice I hear in my dreams." Thus, Betty
and Lynne started their work on this Mass together, later entitled
"Irish Mass." A third friend, Mary Catherine (psuedonym), a piano
student of Betty's, was composing her own music, which she shared with them.
Lynne is a native New Orleanian who now resides on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans,
the mother of two daughters, and a free lance muralist, scenery artist,
cantor at her church, and a proficient seamstress.
Elizabeth Sullivan-Holleman, a graduate of Sophie
Newcomb College of Tulane Univeristy, is a musician, composer, linguist,
author and teacher. She has taught more than 3,000 children of all ages and
is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers. She is the mother of a son
and daughter. She is a former Commissioner on the State Arts Commission and
Chairman of the "Tribute to Mississippi Musician" Series held at the
Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mary Catherine, a new composer and lyricist, prefers to
be known simply as Mary Catherine. Her Catholic faith is very dear to her.
Her compositions for children are especially lovely.
Q: How did you decide on the
selections for this, your first recording, and what went into the
arrangement process for the prayers and Psalms selected?
After we finished the Irish Mass, we wanted to
create music for the prayers of the Rosary and also wished to put some of
our favorite Psalms to music.
Q: Would you please say a few
words about the original pieces included on the CD? What inspired the
"angelic" theme that runs through these songs?
The theme of Angel Light is based on a
very vivid dream that Betty had. The creation of the other angel songs
comes from Betty's experiences during her illness. We feel we are protected
and guided by angels always.
Q: "Babe of Bethlehem" is a
lovely, dramatic retelling of the nativity. Could you please tell us what
motivated you to write this song?
Betty, as a school music teacher, wrote "Babe of
Bethlehem" for her children's choir which was to perform the Nativity in
Q: I know that this is your
first collective recording. Do you have plans for future projects or
Yes, we do indeed have plans for future projects.
These include: The Prayer to St. Michael, the Nightingale Suite, a
collection of children's songs, and music derived from the letters of St.
Q: Who are you trying to
reach with your music and what message do you hope to share?
We simply wish to share with others that which has been
given to us. We feel our message is one of God's love for us and of hope.
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