Were You There?
Performed By Merrill Collins & Joseph Hebert
Album UPC 692138000672
CD Baby Track ID 7751377
Label Spiraling Music
Released 2009-01-01
BPM 143
Rated 0
ISRC us3nk0900009
Year 2009
Spotify Plays 233
Writer Traditional African American Spiritual
Pub Co Spiraling Music Company
Composer Traditional African American Spiritual
ClearanceFacebook Sync License,Traditional Sync,YouTube Sync ServiceEasy Clear
Rights Controlled Master
Rights Easy Clear: Cover Master
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - California


Improvisations on ancient Chants, traditional Hymns, and Spirituals, meditative, appropriate for use in contemplative prayer or general healing, soothing, reflective time-out. Creates an ambience of sacredness.


Joseph Hebert plays a Carbon-Fiber cello on this album. Merrill plays a Steinway grand piano, plus harp/synth, gongs, and sacred bells. Cello & Piano Sanctuary is a collection of improvisations on sacred chants from the 6th Century, traditional Hymns, and African American Spirituals.

This CD is ideal for creating the ambience of sacred space where ever one finds the time and wants to tune in to Spirit. Listeners have used this CD in many venues. It is great for playing at retreats, in ministry to homebound people, for use by chaplins in hospitals, military chaplins, ministers, pastors, seminaries, hospice ministers, and the like. It is played in cathedrals and churches throughout the United States as music which sets the tone for visitors who walk in off the street as well as those attending services such as reconciliation. At Saint Monica Church it was played in the sanctuary last year throughout holy week.

Merrill Collins and Joseph Hebert have been improvising on creative musical ventures since they met in 1982. Their first album, Soyez Gentille, is a favorite of many.

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