Posts tagged ‘Inspiratus’
She Writes Soulful Songs
with Words of Grace
An Interview with
Composer Carolyn Kardinal
Watchfire Music Composer Carolyn Kardinal is a prolific writer of sacred songs that have been sung widely in churches throughout the United States and abroad. Carolyn is not only a composer, but she is also a truly gifted lyricist. Her songs possess memorable, “sticky” melodies — they leave you humming the tune long after the song is over — and Carolyn’s lyrics contain ideas and images that take you on journeys of the soul, bringing healing inspiration.
I have enjoyed my many conversations with Carolyn over the last year since she first brought her sheet music catalogue to Watchfire Music. Additionally, I have loved the experience of performing Carolyn’s music. The response to her particular songwriting talent is always immediate and filled with testaments of healing and gratitude. Enjoy reading on as Carolyn shares with us her wisdom and experience as a creative artist in Inspirational music.
JW: What is your earliest impression or memory of music?
CK: I grew up in Seattle, but both my parents’ families were in Southern California where we spent our holidays. I remember sitting in the back seat of the old Ford, passing those long boring miles by singing. And on those cold, drizzly, pre-TV, winter nights in Seattle, I recall everyone sitting around listening to classical records. I’d go dancing around the living room on the fast orchestral pieces, or during those beautiful soprano arias, I would sit staring into the coals of the fireplace.
John Carter, a baseball writer, wrote an insightful, honest comment in response to my Inspiratus interview with visual artist Marty Coleman. He is a friend of Marty’s from their high school days and he writes of being proud of Marty’s success in the world of art. John also speaks of his own quest to understand success in his own life.
John’s thoughts really got me thinking. I believe that his are questions that we all face: What is success? Who or what defines success? According to any number of prevailing definitions, am I successful? If I feel that I am not, how do I find or achieve success?
The first book is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
These books are very different from one another, but both are radical and thought-provoking. Their authors are each thinking out of the box.