ABOUT THE CD
This is a collection of music that grew out of a request to provide some liturgical music for childrens liturgy in Ireland. The Mass setting was first used by the children of St Marys School in Trim to acknowledge the work of the Mercy Sisters in the community. The final piece - A Better Way - was written for the Holy Family Girls School in Askea, Carlow as a school anthem.
It is true to say that for many years in Ireland, the faith learning of our children has primarily been the duty of the school or the family. More and more now we recognise that the parish community should also play a valuable role in the faith formation and experience of our children. More work is being done in this area and it is my wish that this collection will enhance such initiative. Hopefully it can complei11ent such programmes as Do this in Memory - the Parish-based Preparation for First Eucharist.
This is my first collection of Childrens Music and I hope that the user will find the music accessible, uplifting and melodic. It has been arranged for piano/keyboards, guitar, c instrument and vocal harmonies by Julianne Woods. Other instruments such as percussion can be added.
Many of us can still remember the songs and hymns we learned as children. Such songs are laden with memory and often were a true expression of our faith. I hope that this new music will become part of the repertoire of todays children and will become their song to praise, worship and honour the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
- Liam Lawton September 2004
LIST OF THE SONGS
One Day Only
A Better Way
For the past number of years Liam Lawton has been writing, composing and performing his unique style of inspirational music. In March 2004 Liam's talents were recognized by recording giant EMI who signed him for a number of albums. His EMI debut Another World was released in Ireland later that year featuring guest artists as Brian Kennedy, The Celtic Tenors, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Moya Brennan, Eimear Quinn, Roisin O'Reilly amongst others. This album achieved double platinum status and was followed by his second album Time which also was hugely successful. Time was recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the beautiful city of Prague with arrangements by well known Chicago Symphony arranger Gary Fry. Liam's third album Christmas Song includes a collection of Liam's own favourite Christmas pieces with some new original music also.
Liam Lawton's music has been recognized for its unique quality. His poetic lyrics are inspired by many sources including the ancient texts of Celtic Ireland, he is also at home writing contemporary music. Much of Liam's inspiration is drawn from the landscape of Ireland with its own dark and rich history. His melodies are full of pathos and can stir the heart and his music has been used in many an auspicious occasions for example the memorial services of 9/11 to concerts in such places as the Vatican, The White House and The Chicago Symphony Hall to the weddings of pop stars and glitterati. Liam's choral music is used by choirs all over the English speaking world and has been translated into Spanish, German and Swedish.