Lovely instrumental arrangements of 30 tunes played on a traditional accoustic instrument.
Many listeners describe the sound as "soothing" or "calming."
Click the start button beneath a tune name (below left)
to hear a sample.
List of Tunes
The names in parentheses are tune names.
Words to the tunes are included in the CD insert.
Click the start button beneath a tune to hear a sample.
The Lord Into His Garden Comes (Garden Hymn*)
Let All Things Now Living (The Ash Grove)
Lord of the Dance
How Firm a Foundation (Foundation)
Joy is Like the Rain
Immortal Love (Morning Song)
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Rest)
When Jesus Walked (Kingsfold)
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens (Holy Manna)
Julian of Norwich
Vine and Fig Tree
All Beautiful the March of Days (Forest Green)
The Lone, Wild Bird (Prospect)
How Can I Keep From Singing
Thou That Goest Forth With Weeping (Van Pelt Street)
Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley
How Long, Dear Savior (Northfield)
Spirit of the Living God
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Be Thou My Vision (Slane)
Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (Morecambe)
Now the Green Blade Riseth (Noel Nouvelet)
The George Fox Song
Spirit of God in the Clear Running Water
Of the Father's Love Begotten
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Resignation)
My Spirit Looks to God Alone (Russia)
In Heavenly Love Abiding (Passion Chorale)
Dona Nobis Pacem
Reviews of the CD
"Thank you for the gentle and simple gift of lovely hymns lovingly played... [You] will find an island of quiet here, a respite from a more frantic pace of our daily routines."
Kenneth Nafziger, Professor of Music, Eastern Mennonite University
"This is one of few that I will play over and over again! Soothing music - expressively played - nicely arranged and very well recorded. My favorite is the Vine and Fig Tree round! Over all a good listen!"
Shelley Stevens, dulcimer player and author of Mel Bay dulcimer books
About the Mountain Dulcimer
The mountain dulcimer, also called the Appalachian dulcimer or lap dulcimer, is an American folk instrument. It is a simple instrument with three or four strings, a fret board, and a sound box. The strings are plucked or strummed by hand or with a pick.
There are several traditional styles of playing. Come, Spirit showcases a wide variety of styles and sounds, from the harp-like “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” to the use of drones and octaves for “Of the Father's Love Begotten” to the toe-tapping, fiddle-tune style of “Lord of the Dance.”
About the Artist
Mathilda Navias grew up in a musical household. As a child, she took piano, flute, and music theory lessons and learned to play the guitar and recorder. As a college student, she earned money by accompanying voice students on the piano. After college, she served as rehearsal pianist for musicals put on by a community theater group. In 1997, she was the Music Coordinator for a Quaker conference for 2,000 Friends in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which featured concerts by Pete Seeger and John McCutcheon. For her 43rd birthday, Mathilda bought herself a mountain dulcimer. Learning to play the dulcimer quickly became a passion. She joined a dulcimer band that plays "old-time" music, mostly fiddle tunes, and developed a repertoire of medieval and Renaissance songs. In 2001, she began work recording this compact disc.
Printed Source for Tunes & Words
The tunes as well as the words on the CD insert can be found in Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal published by Friends General Conference, 1996. FGC is an organization of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in North America.