One of my favorite radio shows is "Tapestry" . It is broadcast out of Canada on Radio One and hosted by Mary Hynes. I always listen to the podcast since I can’t pick it up on my radio. It is broadcast once a week. I love this radio show and never miss it. I enjoy the subject matter and I am very inspired by the folks they choose to have on the program. Mary Hynes does a wonderful job leading the interesting discussions and asking the hard questions.
This is a brief description taken from their webpage that describes a bit of what Tapestry is about:
Governments change, economies tumble and soar, and headlines trumpet the scandal of the day. All the while, Tapestry deals with the more subtle news of life -- a thoughtful consideration of what it means to be human.
Tune in for an engaging, provocative and unexpected hour of radio: an hour in which rabbis and poets get equal time on the topic of faith, science-fiction writers and physicist-priests ponder the great creation myths, athletes explore the hero's journey as a spiritual metaphor, and architects examine the idea of space for the soul.
Tapestry is hosted by Mary Hynes, and produced by Erin Pettit and Susan Mahoney. Our web master is Liz Nagy; technical production is by Dave Field.
On December 26th "Tapestry" had a very interesting show "Art and Soul". During this show I was introduced to a musician Rosemary Phelan from Canada. (Rosemary's segment begins at 19 minutes) She tells her story of how she was a community nurse going into to the homes of people to care for them. Her patients were from all walks of life from the wealthy to the homeless. One day she was in the home of a old man who was dying. He was in a lot of pain and trying to pray his rosary. All of the adults in the house were just wailing. It was chaotic. In her compassion, Rosemary who had sang Ava Maria for weddings before, began to feel that she should sing this song. As she sang the patient immediately calmed down and each family member did as well. Rosemary decided to put this skill in her nursing bag along with all her other healing tools.
Rosemary began to understand the importance of intention when performing music. Rosemary expressed how when sharing a song it should be the same as her attitude when dressing a wound with the intention of service and caring for others. I was moved and impressed with her insight. Her thoughts reminded me a little of a book I read a few years ago called Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo . Sudo teaches how sharing a song should be like serving tea to someone, hospitable.
Rosemary left nursing and began writing and performing music full time. She has a beautiful voice with thoughtful poetic lyrics. My favorite song of hers is RED WING on her latest album called What Sings in the Blood. She has three albums available and a lovely blog all found on her Website. Rosemary Phelan was awarded The 2010 Golden Quill Award for Songwriting.
Rosemary was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year and has been going through treatment. I believe Rosemary is doing very well. Join me in praying for her. She is a very lovely person. Please give her music a listen.