MIKE'S STORY (in the composer's own words): In August of 1999 on a weekend trip to Orange Beach AL at a motel in the middle of the night, I awoke to the sound of music in what I thought was the radio playing. I thought whoever was in the room the previous night had left the alarm on. As I searched around trying to turn it off, I realized that the clock-radio wasn't on. I was hearing this music in my head, and it was like a loop. I would hear the same sounds over and over and over, until I reached a point where I could literally hum the music I was hearing in my head. Then, when I reached that point, words started to come into my head, which coincided with the music. When it got to the point where not only could I hum the music, but also sing the words to the music, then I fell back to sleep. The next morning, when I awoke, immediately what came into my head was the music along with the words. So I decided to write the words down for fear that I would forget them, and I never really thought about it for the next 3 or 4 days. When I went back home, which is about the middle of the week, the first morning when I was getting ready to go to work bright and early, I heard the music in my head again -- the same words, the same melody, but I started to hear a different melody along with it. So I took my pencil, my paper, sat at the piano and little by little began to write down the words to go with the additional music. After about 15 minutes, I began to realize it was the daily message in the Divine Mercy Novena put to music. At some point in the process, the composer in me started to take over, where I started to write the lyrics. Then I would hear a very soft voice in my head, saying, "No, that's not it," and I would go back and erase what I had wrote and in its place I would hear additional lyrics and I would write that down. After about an hour or so, it all stopped and then I went back from the beginning and played it, and what was the end result was the Divine Mercy Novena in four distinct sections of the song. Then I was given some specific instructions clear as a bell to what I was supposed to do with the song, who I was supposed to bring it to, and that is exactly what I did. And I suppose that's that. In order to complete the task of disseminating the information about the song, I was assisted by U. S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Lindy Boggs, who managed to transmit the song to Pope John Paul II. I subsequently received a letter from the Vatican Secretary of State, acknowledging the fact that the Holy Father had received the song and extended an Apostolic Blessing in conjunction with that. In an ideal setting, the song would be disseminated so that people of all faiths would be able to hear it, and ultimately the song would become part of each day's segment of the Divine Mercy Novena. I have learned recently that EWTN will be featuring "Jesus, I Trust In You" on their weekly Catholic music show, "The Message in Music," heard on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network of AM/FM stations, worldwide on WEWN shortwave, and via streaming audio at www.ewtn.com.
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1. Jesus, I Trust In You (Vocal)
2. Jesus, I Trust In You (Instrumental)
3. Our Father (Vocal)
4. Our Father (Instrumental)