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Christmas excerpt from my book

 

Our first Christmas together, I decided to visit Brenda and stay at the Red Roof Inn which was close to her house.  She and her boys, Anthony and Casey, were going to church together that night on Christmas Eve. I didn't feel quite comfortable enough yet to join them.  This was the year of the George Bush – Barack Obama transition.  The stock and the housing market crashed, GM was going under and people seemed to be genuinely scared.  It was snowing outside and I had a bittersweet feeling in my heart as I looked out to see only two or three cars in the parking lot at the Red Roof Inn.

     I saw a young woman who seemed about nineteen years old and roughly eight and one-half months pregnant.  She was with a man wearing long hair; both a little scruffy.  They were really very grateful having found a room at the inn.  The whole scene had an unreal feeling about it.  I sensed the presence of angels and then I realized this was how it was with Joseph and Mary, except they didn’t get a room at the inn.  I thought to myself, Christmas/Christianity, over time, has been made into so many different things other than the humble beginning it really was.  Two young, and seemingly poor, people were looking for a place to stay at the inn.  This reminded me of a song I wrote for Christmas:

 

Don’t forget the presents

The wrapping and the bows

Don’t forget the eggnog

And the mistletoe

 

And don’t forget the star

That hangs upon the tree

And don’t forget your family

And don’t forget about Me

 

And don’t forget about Jesus

He’s the one from Galilee

He was born in a stable

But He died for you and me

 

Don’t forget about Jesus

There was no room at the Inn

And if we’re not careful

It could happen again

 

 

Denny Carleton Memoir Review

 

Welcome to My World, the memoirs of Cleveland musician Denny Carleton is a wonderful and inspiring read!  Journeying from the 1960’s to present day, this book takes a nostalgic look at Cleveland music as seen through the eyes of an accomplished musician/composer and teacher. More than a mere historical review, it is a moving and spiritual work, well with its time.

  Bob Soeder – Director of Music/Liturgy, St. Monica Church

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Denny Carleton at Hildegarden

 

Friday October 7 I'll be playing the grand opening of the coffeehouse at the Hildegarden 630 Plum Street Fairport Harbor from 7:30 -9 . I'll do my originals and talk a little about each song. My CDs will be available to purchase and also my book which is my memoir Welcome to My World.My book is also available at Amazon and kindle.

Denny praising the Lord this weekend

 

Ill be leading praise and worship for the Charismatic travelling mass Friday Sept 30 at St Mary of The Immaculate Conception in Wooster . Praise starts at 7 and the Mass starts at 7:30.

Sunday Oct 2 I'l be leading praise at St Cosmas and Damian in Twinsburg from 7-9. Fr Michael Stalla will speak and coordinate the meeting. 
with Gerry Wrobel.Fr Mike was in El Salvador for 7 years before becoming the pastor at St Cosmas and Damian

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Denny Carleton Kindle

 

Starting on July 17th at some time during the day  you will be able to download the kindle version of my memoir fwelcome to my world for 99.cents and then the price increaing during the week to 4.99..of cours you can still purchase the paperback at regular price

A dream deferred ( aprayer for non violence)

 

A Dream Deferred ( A Prayer For Non Violence)
was inspired when I read a music history book which said "Madrigals were songs sung by minstrells often about societies problems and were often sad".I thought of our racial division and misunderstandings and this song came about. 
A Dream Deferred ( A Prayer For Non Violence)
Left and right, black and white dream deferred sleeping
Stop the fight, see the light my guitar is weeping
Oh sweet Lord we cant afford another night of grieiving
Where's the fruit, within in the root of those that are deceiving
Still I'm sad, makes me mad, wher is hope growing
We must go on, we must stay strong till mercies overflowing

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