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An album by Michele Addino-Colchin
 Vision by Michele Addino-Colchin
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Track 1: Find Me, Lord

Michele Addino-Colchin

 

This song was created as a desperate call out to God to find me during a distressing time of grief, illness, and depression. A dear friend, who was my touchstone, had passed away from cancer and it left me feeling empty and depressed. Shortly afterward, health issues began to arise and I felt lost and alone. I had an experience of a beacon of light in my heart several years earlier that made me joyous and peaceful. I am wondering in this song why it is no longer there and I am calling out to God to shine the light again so I can feel connected. God found me when I started to listen and truly surrender control. My hope is that all who have suffered with loss or depression will find a healthy expression of their emotions with this song as well as an honest surrender.

Verse 1:

I cannot find you, Lord

The heavy fog surrounds me

I search the dark and stormy waters for you.

I sail the sea of faith, I seek but do not find

Anything but dark lonely shores.

 

Refrain:

Find me, Lord, help me to see your face

Let it shine like a beacon in my heart.

Call out my name and I will sail back to you.

In the night, shine your light on me.

 

Verse 2:

I cannot hear you, Lord

The angry crowd surrounds me

Different voices all around me, which one is yours?

I sail the sea of faith, I seek but do not find

Anything but dark lonely shores. ( Refrain )


Refrain:

Find me, Lord, help me to see your face

Let it shine like a beacon in my heart.

Call out my name and I will sail back to you.

In the night, shine your light on me.

 

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

All rights reserved. www.visionsong.org

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Track 2: I Can See Peace

Michele Addino-Colchin
Text adpated from Lesson 34, “A Course in
Miracles”

 

 

“I Can See Peace” is based on a workbook lesson from “A Course in Miracles”. This was the answer to my first calling to God from track 1. It is an affirmation that I can see peace instead of this desperation that I have chosen to see. This song came forth because I was trying to understand that I am responsible for what I think, see, hear, and experience. I can see situations and people differently. I was creating a miserable situation for myself until I started to use this song to transform my thinking and my sight of myself. I can see peace instead of this angst that I see. I can give love to others regardless of what is happening. I can feel joy instead of this depression. The ending of this song turns into a centering prayer where the words “Instead of this I can see peace” gradually disappear one by one to take the listener into only “peace”.This song helped my sight become clearer and continues to help me in similar situations. That is my hope for all who listen.

 

Verse 1:

Instead of this. . . .

Instead of this. . . .

 

Verse 2:

Instead of this, I can see peace

Instead of this, I can see peace. . . .

 

Verse 3:

Instead of this, I can give love

Instead of this, I can give love

 

Verse 4:

Instead of this, I can feel joy
Instead of this, I can feel joy

Instead of this, I can feel joy,
Instead of this, I can feel joy instead of this

I can give love, I can feel joy, I can see peace, instead of this!

I can give love, I can feel joy, I can see peace, instead of this!

 

I can see peace, I can see peace. . . .

See peace. . . . . see peace. . . .

Peace . . . . peace . . . . .

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

All rights reserved. www.visionsong.org
Text: adapted from “A Course in Miracles” workbook lesson 43

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Track 3: Vision

Michele Addino-Colchin

 

           

 “Vision” is about shifting our perception of the world from one of darkness into one of light. The lyrics in this song came out when I started to really work on shifting my perception of the world around me, especially when dealing with illness. It is also a call out to God to help me to see clearly, hence the line from “A Course in Miracles”,  “beyond all else, I desire to see”. When one experiences depression, there is always a dark malaise that comes over the mind. “When the darkness surrounds me, enfolds me, invites me in. . . “ It’s like the phantom dark side trying to tempt us to believe in fear and when we believe it, this causes all our pain and suffering. I wrote this song to ask for help to shift my perception. I was beginning to see that the “veil” before me was just an illusion. “Be Thou My Vision” has always been one of my favorite Christian hymns because this is the ultimate prayer. If we could change our vision to see like God/Divine/Source, then our reality would shift. At the time of the writing of this song, I was vacillating from peace to fear, from love to anger and the like. I wanted some clarity and so I called out to the Spirit for help.

 

 

Verse 1:

When the darkness surrounds me, enfolds me invites me in

Shadows circle before my sight And taunt me to give in.

But the darkness is an illusion, I’ve created in my mind

Although I believe in the light of God, I act as though I’m blind.

 

Verse 2:

The phantom veil before me, clouds and covers my eyes

Small remnants of your light I see, my soul begins to rise

O Send your love O Jesus cast light unto my face

Shine Your holiness deep within, into this darkened place.

 

Refrain:

O Lord Be thou my vision, give me your eyes that I may see

O Lord be thou my vision, beyond all else I desire to see.

 

Verse 3:

My Spirit longs to awaken from this haunting dream

Holy Spirit revive me, give me life that I may breathe

The darkness is an illusion, but it seems so real to me

Take my hand O Lord, and open my eyes to see reality. ( Refrain )

 

Verse 4:

When the darkness surrounds me, enfolds me invites me in

Shadows circle before my sight, and taunt me to give in.

But the darkness is an illusion, though it seems so real to me

Take my hand O Lord, and open my eyes to see reality. ( Refrain )

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

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Portion of refrain text taken from ACIM Workbook lesson, 27

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Track 4: God Is My Source

Michele Addino-Colchin

 

         

On my way to work one day, I started to sing my workbook lesson for the day to help me keep it in my mind. I was working at a university as a campus ministry music director and sometimes I needed something to help me stay grounded and centered. It came out exactly the way it is on the album. I sang the main refrain over and over again and realized it would be cool in a round. When I arrived at the university, I quickly wrote it out on paper for the students and had them sing it in a four part round. We all loved it as a warm up exercise, not only for our voices but for our spirits as well. It also worked well as a discussion starter. I have used this song as my affirmation that I am connected to God and everyone no matter what my ego is perceiving.

 

God is my Source, apart from God I cannot see.

God is my Source, apart from God I cannot be.

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

All rights reserved. www.visionsong.org
Portion of refrain text taken from ACIM Workbook lesson, 27

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Track 5: Revive Me

Michele Addino-Colchin

 

            “Revive Me” was written after ulcerative colitis landed me in the hospital. I was asking Spirit to help me because the medications weren’t working and I felt so out of alignment with myself. My self-image also became a huge issue because shortly afterward I started to gain weight without reason. As the weight increased and my health declined, I became more and more depressed and desperate.  “Revive Me” helped me once again give my issue to the Spirit and to “bring me back to who I am”. I wrote this song to help me remember that I am not a body and that I am beautiful no matter what my body is doing or what my ego mind is telling me. While I was writing, “Revive Me”, I was led to learn about the energy healing modality, The Reconnection, which was very helpful in the healing of my digestive system. The Reconnection centers around the themes of reconnection and alignment, hence the lyrics, “realign me, reconnect me”.

 

Verse 1:

I know I am beautiful, but I don’t always see it

I know I am wonderful, but I don’t always feel it

Let me see with your eyes, Holy Spirit, the truth about me

Give me your vision to see the light that exists within me. . . Come revive me.

 

Verse 2:

I am healed, I am free, I am whole, teach me to live it

I know I am not a body, I am Spirit

Come and help me accept the truth of who I am, let it resound in me

Give me your wisdom to understand, to live my reality.

 

Refrain:

Come revive me, realign me, bring me back to who I am.

Reconnect me, resurrect me, bring me back to where I first began.               

 

Verse 3:

I am the light of the world, help me to show it

I am the Holy Child of God, let me know it.

Let me see with your eyes, Holy Spirit, the truth about me

Give me your vision to see the light, to live my reality.

 

Refrain:

Come revive me, realign me, bring me back to who I am.

Reconnect me, resurrect me, bring me back to where I first began.               

 

Chorus 2:

Come revive me. . . . come revive me . . . . .

Realign me . . . . realign me

Resurrect me. . . . . resurrect me

Reconnect me. . . . . reconnect me.

 

 

Refrain:

Come revive me, realign me, bring me back to who I am.

Reconnect me, resurrect me, bring me back to where I first began.               

 

 

Chorus 2:

Come revive me. . . . come revive me . . . . .

Realign me . . . . realign me

Resurrect me. . . . . resurrect me

Reconnect me. . . . . reconnect me.

Come revive me. . . I know I am beautiful. . . .

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

All rights reserved. www.visionsong.org

 

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Track 6: I Am As God Created

Michele Addino-Colchin

 

           I had the tune of this song in my head for a while but I wasn’t sure of the words. One day as I was preparing a song for our study group for “A Course in Miracles”, the words of this song taken from a variety of places in the text, just jumped into the melody like a charm and it stuck. To this day, I listen and sing this song to help me remember who I am as God created, not as my ego dictates. Because it is a mantra, it has this way of staying with me all throughout my day to help me stay in this peaceful place.

God is my Source, apart from God I cannot see

God is my Source, apart from God I cannot be.

 

 

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

All rights reserved. www.visionsong.org
Text: adapted from “A Course in Miracles” workbook lesson 43

 

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Track 7: I Rest In God

 

           

This song has a different sound than some of the other songs because it was written in an improvisational form. The main melody of the piano and voice came through me when I needed to play an extra instrumental during a church service on the spot. This song just came forth without any effort and has a tendency to stray from it’s original every time I play it. I believe it is because the Spirit has something different to say each time. When I recorded it in the studio, I decided to improvise the second vocal melodic line over the improvised bottom line. At the end of the song, I am merely channeling the name of God through vowel sounds. Why? I have no idea. I just realized one day that my singing prayer took the form of God’s name in a variety of ways. The only words heard in the song are, “I Rest in God”.

 

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Track 8: Light and Peace

Michele Addino-Colchin

            “Light and Peace” has a special place in my heart because it reflects a time in my life when everything was peaceful. I had a renewed sense of who I was and had the desire to share it with others. The original piece was a vocal solo, but because I strongly believe that we are all One Body, One Son,  the One etc.,  I decided to reflect this concept by adding the choir at the end. We are one voice singing “light and peace abide in us”. The lyrics follow several workbook lessons from “A Course in Miracles”.

 

Light and peace, light and peace abide in me forever.

Light and peace, light and peace abide in me forever.

 

Love and joy, love and joy abide in me forever.

Love and joy, love and joy abide in me forever.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abide in me for ever

 

Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ abide in us forever.

Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ abide in us forever.

Abide in us forever. . . . . . . . Abide in us forever. . . .

 

( Cantors )

I am surrounded by the love of God. . . .

The peace of God is shining in us now.

 

Light and peace, light and peace, abide in us forever.

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

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Text: “ A Course in Miracles” workbook lesson 93, 188, and 264

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Track 9: Come Home

Michele Addino-Colchin

 

            “Come Home” utilizes the phrase from the workbook of “A Course in Miracles”,  “Fear is the stranger here. I am at home.” When I was studying this lesson in the workbook, I was so taken by it in my heart. For the first time, I understood how to move beyond fear - it’s in the remembering that fear is the stranger and that I can change how I see this. I wrote this song to help myself get out of fear mode. I was trying to transition into a new place in my life but I was so afraid to stand up for myself and move forward. I felt the pangs of pain and illness, so to speak, keeping me bound. Fear of illness was keeping me seeing only illness and I needed to change that perception. When I sang this song, I began to remember the truth. The beginning and ending voice sings the name of God in vowels once again to bring us into the awareness of God’s presence and keep us there. The second half of the song is highly improvisational once again as a sign that I am letting go of the control and grip that fear has over me and in turn the song reflects this surrender. It is written so that gradually we release the fear and end with only God’s name sung in one long tone. When I sing this song with myself, I find that it helps me center into the truth by the end which is my hope for all who listen.

God goes with me, with me wherever I go

Fear is the stranger here, I am at home.

There is nothing to fear,

God goes with me wherever I go

Fear is the stranger here, I am at home. ( repeat )

 

I am at home, I am at home, I am at home

Fear is the stranger here, I am at home.

 

Come home, come home. . . .

 

There is nothing to fear, there is nothing to fear

There is nothing to fear. . . . I am at home. 

I am at home. . . . I AM. . . . . I AM . . . .

 

Copyright 2009, Michele Addino-Colchin/VisionSong, LLC

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Text: adapted from “A Course in Miracles” workbook lessons 160, 41, 48

 

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Track 10: I Am Sustained

 

        

“I Am sustained by the love of God” is the result of letting go of fear. I wish I could stay on this path forever. This song was written very late in the evening as I was praying to God. I didn’t have anything to say or pray for except to be in the presence of God. This song just came out this way as I played the piano. I sang it over and over again and it brought me to an inner experience of God. I felt myself suspended in the heavens, like I was resting on a celestial hammock, without any cares in the world. I felt the love of God so strongly that I forgot that I was at the piano and lost myself in the beautiful arms of the divine.The music reflects this posture with the slow chordal nature of the piano and the suspended and overlapping vocal parts. Sometimes I’ll sit and listen to this song on the album to help me feel the connection and it always brings me home. It is based upon another workbook lesson from “A Course in Miracles”.

 

I am sustained by the love of God

I am sustained ( echo )

By the love of God ( echo )

 

 

I AM. . . . . . . The love of God. . . .

 

I AM. . . . . . I AM . . . . . . . . I AM . . . . . .

 

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All rights reserved. www.visionsong.org
Text: “A Course in Miracles” workbook lesson 50

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