Song information & Lyrics

1 Earth Angels   (3:40)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Arranged by Evripides Evripidou, David Jones
Evripides Evripidou guitar, Megan Kenny flute

I wrote this song in April 2013.  I was thinking about angels – who and what are they – and about what it would take to be an earth angel – someone who is definitely of this earthly plane, but who is somehow like an angel as well as a human being.  These are the qualities that came to my mind, the qualities that would define someone as an earth angel.

I named the song Earth Angels (plural) rather than Earth Angel, because my beautiful friend Megan Kenny, who plays flute on 3 tracks on this CD (including this track), has just recorded her first solo album entitled Earth Angel.

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2 Guardian Angel  (3.40)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Carmen Cubase synthesiser

This is the first song I wrote specifically for the Angel Songs CD.  It came to me in February 2013.  I recorded a demo version in my home studio, with a little synthesiser sound.  I was intending to replace the synthesiser with real instruments but David kept commenting on how much he loved this particular synth pad, and so I just kept it – I hope you like it too.  I sent the first demo to my mum and my sister for their opinion, and both told me that it was way too slow.  So I brought the tempo up a bit, and it definitely sounds right now.  With many of my songs, I think the choruses are quite singable, and I have the hope that people will recall them in a time of need.  So this song is one to sing when you need reminding that your guardian angel is always there for you.  We forget sometimes.

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3 Peace on Earth   (5.15)

Composed by Michael Johnson, Carmen Warrington
Michael Johnson harp, tenor recorder

My dear friend, harpist Mike Johnson is a wonderful composer.  I asked him if he would like to write a song with me, around the theme of the hope of a peaceful world.  To my delight he presented this wonderful melody, with clear ideas on how to shape the vocal lines.  The words came very quickly to me on listening to his tune, and I’m thrilled with how this song came together.  Mike added his tenor recorder in the instrumental middle section, what a great tone it produces.  This is a song of hope. I truly believe there will be peace on earth.

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4 Allelujah   (2.30)

Composed by Carmen Warrington, David Jones
David Jones gongs

Allelujah is such a wonderful word to sing, and we’ve heard so many magnificent versions over the centuries.  I wanted to write something new, and remembered a piece of music that David had composed in 1993.  The piece is a complex arrangement of overlayed gong tracks in a 7/4 time signature and I composed this Allelujah over David’s tune. Living with a drummer, you get used to thinking, singing and tapping your feet in odd-numbered time signatures.  I like to think that the gongs represent Eastern Spirituality, and the Allelujah choir represents Western spirituality.  I originally recorded the song 8 times, but somehow when we were in the studio at Evri’s, we ended up with 7 voices only.  So this is 7 voices, in the count of 7.  Maybe I should rename the piece Seventh Heaven?

5 Hold On   (3.55)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Arranged by Michael Conolan
Michael Conolan cello, Megan Kenny flute

I wrote this song quite a few years ago, can’t remember exactly when.  I’ve performed it quite a few times in concert with my dear friend Susie Nelson-Smith who is an amazing crystal bowls player.  Then I performed the song at a meditation event with David and our guest cellist Michael Conolan.  I loved the way he played the song with me, so I asked him to record a version, which we did in about 2009.  He put down quite a few layers of cello, and made the song so special.  I think that was around 2009.  Then when I decided to make the Angel Songs CD, I invited Megan Kenny to add her gorgeous flute tones, to balance out the depth of the cello. The instruments sound beautiful together.  This song is about the times in your life when you are just hanging in there … to trust that help is coming.  Sometimes it takes a while to arrive, so hold on!

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6 All is Well   (3.50)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Arranged by Evripides Evripidou, David Jones
Michael Johnson harp, Sarah Curro violin

In 200x, my lovely friend Tamasin invited me to give her beloved grandmother a bedside soundbath, as she was nearing the end of her life. During the soundbath, I played my special crystal G bowl, and this song was born.  It’s an affirmation that I keep returning to, and perhaps you will too.  It’s very easy to sing, and I hope it comes to your mind whenever you need to be reminded of this message from the angels.

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7 An Angel is Here   (4.30)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Inspired by the poetry of BK Shashi of Madhuban
Carmen Warrington crystal sticks

This is a song I wrote in about 2008 for a CD called Songs from the Heart, which was produced by my friend and wonderful singer/songwriter Niall Fenix.  The words were inspired by the Hindi song lyrics of my soul-sister BK Shashi of Madhuban. Her song concept was translated into English and I used that as a springboard for composing.  In the original recording for that CD I played crystal sticks and Tibetan singing bowls.  In this new recording I wanted to explore being even more minimalist with instrumentation.  In the final version, it’s turned out to be unaccompanied voice, with the sticks keeping the rhythm.  I’ll let you into a big secret … the night before we were finalising the recordings, we decided to re-record the crystal sticks to get a better tone … and it was late at night, so I asked David to play the sticks for me.  We’d already sent the artwork off for manufacturing, and the credit on the CD cover says I played the sticks, but it’s actually the handywork of David Jones.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone.  The message from the angel in this song is to value yourself, and from a place of self-respect you can shine your light into the world.

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8. Angels Watch Over You   (5.45)

Composed by Carmen Warrington, David Jones
David Jones keyboards, bells

David and I originally created this piece of music in 2010 for one of our meditations on the Worry-free CD and here we’ve changed the key, and the synthesiser pads to create a different mood.  I had to get one spoken word piece into this CD!  I’ve made so many guided meditation CDs in my career – and I do love the magic of spoken text.  I wanted to speak to the listener as if I was an angel, and asked myself, what would an angel say?  What would be the most important message an angel would deliver?  This is what came to me.

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9. Pure Light   (4.55)

Composed by David Jones
David Jones Indian hybrid drone and lyre

This track is David Jones at his magical best. My intention was to make the second half of this CD very meditative and calming.  At this point, I wanted to give the listener a break from words, and even voice, so I asked David to compose an instrumental tune that would be cleansing and uplifting.  We recorded at home one early morning in June, before the birds woke and the traffic began its distant hum.  David played about 5 layers of a hybrid drone which we bought in India, and a lovely little lyre (made by local instrument-maker Murray Wright based in Victoria).  David is musical to the core, and he could hear how these instruments would work together in such a sparkling, shimmery, watery piece of music.  I love this track.

10. Sweet Silence   (4.50)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Arranged by Evripides Evripidou, David Jones
Evripides Evripidou guitar, 6 string bass effects, Megan Kenny flute

I’m a long-term meditator – for over a quarter of a century (!)  The silence I sometimes experience in meditation is so sweet, so fulfilling, like a balm for the soul. I wanted to write a piece that expressed that lovely stillness, and perhaps even helped the listener to explore their own inner silence.  Silence is the language of angels.  I sense that through silence, angels can make contact with us.  The silence of angels is rich with love and peace.

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11. Safe Haven   (5.10)

Composed by Carmen Warrington, David Jones
David Jones acoustic piano, keyboard

This song began to take shape in an improvisation with Megan Kenny and David Jones when we were working on another project earlier in the year.  I took a few of the phrases from that improvisation and David and I worked together to create this new piece.  Then after I had recorded the vocal line, David improvised some music on a grand piano and brought that recording home, added a simple keyboard part, and we mixed it all together to come up with Safe Haven.  The feeling behind this song is to feel completely safe and protected in the company of angels.  Like a lullaby.

12. The Bridge   (5.45)

Composed by Carmen Warrington
Arranged by Evripides Evripidou, David Jones
Sarah Curro violin, Evripides Evripidou keyboards

I wanted the last 2 songs on the CD to be very meditative, very very soothing.  The sort of songs you could listen to if you were feeling unwell, or perhaps coming to the end of your life. I’ve worked as a funeral celebrant for the last 7 or so years, and I’m quite comfortable around the notion of death and dying. But also as a meditator, there’s a concept of ‘dying alive’ that is all about letting go of the limited small self, the small mind, and becoming aware of higher self, higher mind.  So I had both these deaths in mind when I wrote this song.  I asked myself, what might help someone let go of this life? In my many discussions with grieving families over the years, a lot of people have shared with me their sense of moving towards the light, of being met by angels, and a belief that we will be reunited with loved ones who have gone before.  This song is about all of that. I want to particularly thank Evri and David for their wonderful contributions to this song.  I brought the song to the studio with no idea of what instruments I wanted … and Evri and David collaborated together on sculpting the sounds to work so beautifully.  We originally used a synthesiser violin, but it became clear to all of us that it had to be a real violin, and we were fortunate that Sarah Curro of the MSO agreed to play this part.  The final part of the song reminds me of one of my all-time favourite pieces of classical music – The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.  The sense of escaping up and away from the pull of the earth and entering the realm of pure blue sky freedom.

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