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Dena And Joanna Marini -- Beautiful Savior
My Comments: These people play music on the same harps that are made by their family. This family makes their living building harps. Each harp they build is "hand crafted" and "custom made". The two oldest daughters, Dena and Joanna Marini, go to many different churches in their local region playing their harps. The younger members of their family also take part in their concerts by playing other instruments they are good at.
I found out about these recordings when their mother mailed me all of their current CD titles as "air play submissions" for Old Christian Radio. After hearing all their recordings, I decided to add all of them to my station's air play library. From there, I made these recordings available for purchase in my online music store. Until now, these recordings were only available for purchase at their concerts, by mail directly from them, or only from local bookstores where they live.
As you listen to their recordings (oldest to newest), you'll notice progressive improvement in their harp playing skills. Their harp playing skills in their earlier recordings are still very good.
The message inside the CD cover reads...
"Beautiful Savior" ---strange words the author of this hymn chose to describe the Saviour. Isaiah depicts Jesus quite differently in outward appearance:
Obviously, this hymn writer is looking beyond the physical. He esteems Jesus' beauty above the splendor of all creation. Fair meadows, fair woodlands, "robed in flowers of blooming Spring," as pleasant to look upon as they are, cannot make "our sorrowing spirit sing." And what is this "sorrowing spirit" of which the hymnist speaks? It is the inner man, grieving over the guilt of sin, the fear of alienation from God, and the dread of certain judgment to come. How exceeding beautiful is the sacrificial love of Jesus to such a "sorrowing spirit." To look upon this One who suffered, bled, and died to pay the penalty of sin and reunite man with God, the sparkling stars on high, with all their dazzling majesty, cannot hold a candle to the radiance of our "Beautiful Saviour," to whom our sorrowing spirit sings:
"Truly I'd Love Thee, Truly I'd
Count Your Blessings
"Count Your Blessings"...is dedicated in memory of Ellen Hess (7/3/41--4/1/99), of Gap, PA, who was diagnosed in 1996 with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis--known as Lou Gehrig's disease). When we went to play our harps for her one evening in December of 1998, Ellen was confined to a wheelchair and could not walk of talk. Before leaving, we asked her if she would have a favorite hymn we could play...she communicated her request with facial expressions to her husband, Carl: "Count Your Blessings." Even though we only met Ellen that one time, we will never forget her testimony to us.
Dena and Joanna, now 16 and 14, are continuing their harp playing as part of their home school music program. They have been self-taught for most of their harp career, and enjoy making up new arrangements to familiar hymns on the lever harps that their father built for them.
With thankful hearts, we continue to seek the Lord's direction as Marini Made Harps grows as a family business and ministry.
Dena And Joanna Marini (As
pictured on the back of the CD cover)