This video was made on a freezing cold day at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in East village, New York City in February 2011.
Although the recording session was planned in advance, I had not planned what I would sing or play, so this version of the beautiful Irish hymn came out of nowhere – no preparation, no score, just the silence and peace of the church surroundings enabling me to drop inside myself and listen.
As a classically trained musician, with many, many hours of rehearsal and preparation under my belt throughout my career, this was a new and somewhat scary departure into the unknown! Yet something deep inside, some wisdom coming through my mindfulness practice, asked me to take a risk and trust myself in the moment – this recording was the result.
I have been surprised and delighted by how many people have been touched by it – and how many people have asked me where/how they can purchase it.
But, as with so many things that happen in the moment and spontaneously, it has not been possible to recreate this particular magic in any recording studio – and so it remains, a precious, in the moment expression of the depth and great beauty this life so often offers, when we step out of clock time into the present moment, with trust and an open heart…
My thanks to all who made this recording possible: video and audio recordists, Monica Hoyt, Kathleen Deignan and the Church of the Holy Redeemer. The harp is a Camac Stivell provided by Liza Jensen of Harps International, New York.
Attributed to 10th century Donegal saint Máel Ísu Ua Brolcháin.
Deus meus adiuva me —
Tabhair dom do dhearc a mhichíl Dé,
Tabhair dom do dhearc a mhichíl Dé.
Deus meus adiuva me.
My God, help me —
Give me love of thee, O Son of my God,
give me love of thee, O son of my God.
My God, help me.
Domine da quod peto a te —
Tabhair dom go dian a ghrian glán glé,
tabhair dom go dian a ghrian glán glé.
Domine da quod peto a te.
Lord, give what I ask of thee —
Give speedily bright and gleaming sun,
give speedily bright and gleaming sun.
Lord, give what I ask of thee.
Domine, domine exaudi me —
M’anam bheith lán ded ghrá a Dhé,
m’anam bheith lán ded ghrá a Dhé.
Domine, domine exaudi me.
My Lord, My lord, hear me —
May my soul be full of love for thee God,
may my soul be full of love for thee God.
My Lord, lord, hear me.