God Winks In Mysterious Ways

I’ve been marveling this evening at the countless “coincidences” since Lou’s death on December 4th that have brought  Free As The Sun to this point.  Both CD and Book are going to be complete in December 2015, just one year after Lou’s death. How did this happen!?  Call them miracles, coincidences, synchronicity, kismet, or whatever you like, says Deepak Chopra — the important thing is to recognize them as signs that you’re on the right path.  When God Winks is the title of a book on this very subject.

Memorial Celebration for Louis Raymond Case Debruge 12-13-14 Oregon City "Parents of Murdered Children Memorial Garden"
Memorial Celebration for Louis Raymond Case Debruge at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City ~ Parents of Murdered Children Memorial Garden ~ December 13, 2014

Wink 1:  If videographer, Delphine Criscenzo, had not offered to tape Louis’ memorial service, then Marv wouldn’t have been able to view the beautiful recording of Shea performing Free As The Sun.  It was that video that inspired Marv to say “Yes!” to serving as Music Producer for Lou’s CD. In the project video for Kickstarter ~ filmed in May at Rob Stroup’s 8 Ball Studio ~ you can watch Shea playing Lou’s Martin acoustic, just as he did at the memorial, singing again the song he had heard Louis sing many times. This time, he sings under Marv’s direction, with Marv accompanying him on 12-string guitar.  It was Shea’s first studio experience.   Marv was amazed. Shea sang and played a perfect first-take.

“…and the children in the dark, the children in the dark…” Goodbye Uncle Buzz by Quarterflash (Marv & Rindy Ross)

Wink 2:   Randy Ellison, my colleague, friend and mentor, followed a hunch one day in March.  He called me to say, “Hey, I think maybe you should go hear this famous singer/songwriter, Marv Ross, tonight.  He’s giving an interview for a radio series, right there in your neighborhood.” Of course, I went. That night, Marv spoke with an honest vulnerability that reminded me of Louis — about his own difficult family circumstances as a teen and how he dealt with the pain by retreating to his room to write and to sing, to express and to soothe the pain.  So, thanks to a friend’s faithful guidance, I’d been led to the exactly the right people to whom I could entrust Louis’ story, his gifts and his voice.  There’s also a bonus wink:  Marv’s wife and musical partner, Rindy, just happens to be a licensed clinical therapist.  She is serving as advisor to the book portion of the project.

Moody Little Sister Wild PlacesWink 3:  Coincidentally, Moody Little Sister (Rob Stroup and Naomi Hooley) held their CD Release Party for Wild Places on the evening before our launch.  Naomi, like Louis, has a soul connection to Owls.  Like Louis, Naomi experienced childhood abuse.  And like Louis, she has turned the coal of her betrayal into diamonds in her music.  The MC for the evening on October 17th gave a “shout out” to Lou’s project during the sold-out concert.  Lou’s CD cover art was included in the program and Free As The Sun was listed as an honored sponsor.

“Love is a Road” is the title of the latest Quarterflash CD. The many uncanny coincidences without which Free As The Sun simply wouldn’t be, are signs for me that we are being led on a road together.  Love RoadI feel Lou right there with us in Love & Spirit. Marv & Rindy have donated their powerful, transformational song “All Diamonds” from that CD as the last track on Lou’s five track CD, Free As The Sun: Lou’s Songs of Life.   It’s a perfect fit. Thank you, Marv and Rindy Ross, for believing in Lou and for bringing his voice back to life, set free to speak his truth to power and to do the healing work so needed in our world!  Kismet, miracle, answer to prayer, coincidence, — whatever it is, you are transforming Lou’s sad past and making it “All Diamonds!”  

All Diamonds

When I look into the eyes of a newborn baby,
When I look into the skies of a new morn… maybe,
Everything is intertwined, interlocked
In a language long forgot.

When I recognize love in a cat’s eye,
Recognize longing in the song of the magpie,
Recognize genius in the tumbleweed,
I recognize you and I recognize me and…
Love… all love. Love… all love.

We are… one flame. We are… one arc,
We are… all embers from the same spark,
We are… all god. We are… one soul,
We are… all diamonds from the same coal.

When I contemplate the life of the redwood,
Contemplate the seed in the weeds where it once stood,
Contemplate the trunk contemplate the limb,
Contemplate the fact that we’re brothers in the wind.

When I open up my heart to the red deer,
Open up my heart to the fox and the kildeer,
Open up my heart to the blood that we’re sharing,
Open up my heart – open up my heart to…

Love… all love. Love… all love.

We are… one flame. We are… one arc,
We are… all embers from the same spark,
We are… all god. We are… one soul,
We are… all diamonds from the same coal.

  • by Marv Ross © 2013 Narrow Dude Music All Rights Reserved





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