"Mater Dei" is a gentle album, as befits the Blessed Virgin Mary, the subject of the music. A combination of Susan’s own compositions and familiar Catholic hymns, the entire CD pays tribute to the Mother of God.
Susan’s rendition of “Hail, Holy Queen” has a light beat added to the old hymn, and stands out as one of three tracks on the album performed entirely by Susan—vocal leads and harmonies, and all instrumentation.
Susan’s music can be somewhat deceiving as one listens to "Come Into His Presence": There is a temptation to think of her as limited to lilting, pleasant melodies; this misconception is shattered as one progresses through the tracks, witnessing her haunting vibrato on some, and enthusiastic exhortation on others.
In four of Susan’s own songs, "Come Into His Presence," "Immaculate Mantle," "Take Joy in Me," and "Wait With Me," she sings in the first person, from the perspective of Our Lady, a technique that can touch the heart as one envisions Mary telling us, "Don’t despair, oh my little child. Your mother still loves you!"
Franz Schubert based his "Ave Maria" upon a popular tune of his day, and in retrospect, he disliked the finished product. Today, the pop songs fade but "Ave Maria" has withstood the test of time. Not everyone can sing it, though many make the attempt. Susan is successful, adding multi-tracked vocal harmonies and countermelodies, along with a subtle 3/4 beat.
In an age of widespread indifference, it’s refreshing to witness a bold, unashamed tribute to Our Blessed Mother.
--Paul Sadet, Relevant Radio® 1330 WLOL
released August 26, 2016
Vocals, guitars, recorder by Susan Bailey. All songs composed by Susan Bailey unless otherwise noted. Thanks to Zabrocki Digital and Crossed Hearts Studios for production assistance.
Susan Bailey is a singer/songer & author whose writing appears regularly in The Catholic Free Press & CatholicMom.com. She
has sung on CatholicTV, EWTN and at World Youth Day 2002. Susan maintains two blogs: Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. She is the author of two books, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message....more
She was a child
She was barely a woman, and of humble means
When he would appear
Bringing messages from her God unseen
‘Blessed are you among all womankind!
The Lord is with you,
And His favor, daughter, you will find.’
She was afraid
But the angel assured her and told her thus
‘You will conceive
And this child of the Most High you will call Jesus.
The Spirit will come, He will plant the seed.’
She said, ‘Let it be done,
I’m His servant now, so let it be!’
She said ‘yes’ to the Lord for she had found His favor
And she trusted in Him, now she would bear the Saviour
She found room in her heart, putting her fears behind her
By trusting in God, she was to bear the Saviour
Yes, she believed
And a manger provided a birthing place
Soon He was born
And His mother was first to see His Holy Face
And by her ‘yes’ she was key to His birth
She can hold and caress
This child of heaven and of earth
We can believe just as Mary once did
And we can receive our Saviour now as she once did
Making room in our hearts, putting our fears behind us
Saying ‘yes’ to the Lord, He can be born within us
Making room in our hearts, listening as He calls us
And trusting in Him, we can receive the Lord Jesus