“Jump for Joy” was released in the Fall of 2017 and it marks Fr. Bill Quinlivan’s 9th album released since 2006. The album cover photo was shot in Salzburg, Austria at one of the film locations of the Sound of Music. The lyric of the title song encourages disciples of Jesus to “Do a jig like John when Jesus came” as the mystery of the Visitation is evoked.
This collection of original songs include Made to Praise Him, with an island beat, and What Are You Waiting For? which has an inter-play of horns with a swing music vibe.
Exaltation offers a song of praise, its genesis going back to a conversation with an elderly priest on retreat who told Fr. Bill he felt that “We need more songs of praise!” One Holy Hour later, a new lyric was born.
Shalom (Bernie’s song) was written in memory of Bernard Fine, a Jewish friend of Fr. Bill’s. Bernie and his Catholic wife Nancy always said farewell with the word shalom. This tune was played at his funeral. In light of proclaiming virtues and introducing new vocabulary to our spiritual conversations, there’s Equanimity. It’s a little-know yet much-needed virtue of calm, even amidst life’s stormiest seas.
Abandonation features a duet with the multi-talented Bob Halligan, Jr. of the pop/Celtic/Christian band Ceili Rain. Fr. Bill’s background as a comedy writer comes through in the spoken introduction and final seconds of the song in story. But leaping, jumping and sky-diving in trust to follow our Lord seems to summarize the music on this CD.