John Ludwig-Grief Loss & Hope for Tomorrow
- Artist: John Ludwig
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/25/2001
The first album from songwriter John Ludwig who turned to music after his wife's diagnosis with cancer and subsequent death. During the course of the grieving process he came to realize that the music that helped to heal him was truly meant for showing others a path that goes from grief and loss to hope for tomorrow. There is an interesting blend of sounds on the album, with tracks that range from a solo guitar instrumental to those with flute, fiddle, harmonica, and percussion. This is a musical journey through a topic often ignored, but ultimately one that everyone must deal with. Heartfelt songwriting, insightful lyrics, and strong melodies are put into warm and intimate arrangements that comfort, uplift and affirm the listener. Faith, hope, healing and belief in a better future are themes throughout the album. Some of the highlight songs are: Army of Footprints - which extends the Footprints in the Sand story to a community of faith Mustard Seed - an upbeat song with a sing-along chorus that deals with how to unlock the potential in all of us From Your Eyes - a song dedicated to the caregivers that features some inspired fiddle and djembe playing Aspiring Without a G - a soulful acoustic piece with the whimsical first line, 'Aspiring without a G is just aspirin' Nobody Gets Out For Free - full of images pulled from the 23rd Psalm To Let Go - a song on the struggle in letting go Moonlight Guides Us Home - in a world of multi-tracked,edited excess this soothing instrumental shows there is still a place for an undubbed solo guitar played from the heart REVIEWS 'The songs beautifully express John's grief. Others will be able to relate to his tender memory work, strong sense of faith and community, and his awareness of the gift of life. As a grief councelor, I highly recommend this CD for those who work with bereaved families and individuals.' Linda Moran Founder/Project Director Buddy's Place (A program for bereaved children and their families) 'The whole CD is good, but I picked my two favorites - The Mustard Seed song and the last instrumental. You've given people everywhere a gift with this CD. Thank you for sharing!!!!' Holly Harz 'Thank you very much for your CD. The songs ae really beautiful and very touching and have given me a lot of hope for the future.' Eve Czachowski.