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Dena And Joanna Marini -- When Peace Like A River
My Comments: These people play music on the same harps that are made by their family. Their family makes their living building harps. Each harp they build is "hand crafted" and "custom made". The two oldest daughters, Dena and Joanna Marini, go to many different churches in their local region playing their harps. The younger members of their family also take part in their concerts by playing other instruments they are good at.
I found out about these recordings when their mother mailed me all of their current CD titles as "air play submissions" for Old Christian Radio. After hearing all their recordings, I decided to add all of them to my station's air play library. From there, I made these recordings available for purchase in my online music store. Until now, these recordings were only available for purchase at their concerts, by mail directly from them, or only from local bookstores where they live.
As you listen to their recordings (oldest to newest), you'll notice progressive improvement in their harp playing skills. Their harp playing skills in their earlier recordings are still very good.
The message inside the CD cover reads...
When Peace Like A River
Our theme song for this recording was written by Horatio G. Spafford - a wealthy, real estate man of the 1800's. He was virtually wiped out financially by the Great Chicago Fire. His only son died of sickness, and a short time later his four daughters perished at sea. In the midst of these heart-breaking losses, he looked to his Sovereign God for rest, and this great hymn was inspired:
When Peace Like A river, attendeth my
Notice the progression of thought from verse to
verse. After accepting God's will, he proceeds to the second verse, expressing a
firm confidence in God's compassion:
Removing his attention from the tragic losses of this
life, Spafford now dwells on the one blessed joy that cannot be taken from him.
Now focused on the eternal rather than the temporal,
May all our tragedies bring us to the same
conclusion, so that like Spafford we may also declare: It is Well with my soul!
"Garrett's Lullaby"...is written in honor of the birth of Garrett David Weaver, born January 31, 2001. His mom, Dara (Scoles) Weaver, was my piano teacher and friend for 3 1/2 years, and I wrote this little lullaby as a tribute for her for all she did for me... giving her time, patience, instruction and encouragement. Many times she played for me, piece after piece of the music she was working on after my lessons. This is what really inspired me, and to her I owe many, many thanks. Joanna Marini
Open Our Eyes is played especially for my dear grandmother (Ann Gaj). Thanks for all your support and encouragement.
I love you Gram!...Dena
Dena and Joanna, now 18 and 16, have enjoyed developing their own arrangements to the songs on this, their 5th recording. They've incorporated some other instruments to accompany the harp on some songs, as well as some vocal parts. But the harp is still the central feature as it has been for the past five years when we began making and playing harps as part of their homeschooling program. Our prayer continues to be that all who listen will be strengthened in their faith and love for the Lord of Glory, as we "praise the Lord with the harp."
Dena And Joanna Marini (As
pictured on the back of the CD cover)