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Dear Friend,

Such a beautiful metaphor – the Phoenix rising from the ashes to new life. To the early Christians she represented the resurrection, and across centuries and cultures she has been a symbol of enduring hope and rejuvenation.

I’m proud to present Bird of Paradise along with a new artistic rendering created by my daughter, Leiticia Pestova (also the woman in the photo).

To continually transforming our lives!
Joanne

Bird of Paradise
A thousand shades of gold
Brilliant colors of the rainbow
A wonder to behold
So full of life, of love
She’ll fall only to renew
To be reborn

Fools, to have thought
She could stay in the ground
It’s the cycle of life
And it’s coming around
The song that she sings
Best not be ignored
She’s coming in peace
Carrying a sword

Up from the flames

She flies
Bird of Paradise
Strong free proud
Bird of Paradise
Spread your wings
Light up the world

A vision of beauty and grace
She is love replete
And fragrance sweet
A Spirit of truth and fire
There’s no way it can die
It will always rise

Commanding the storm
Calm in the gale
A force on your side never failing
The longing, lonely
And empty from pain
Will fill up with hope
And live again

Up from the flames

She flies

Bird of Paradise
Strong free proud
Bird of Paradise
Spread your wings
Light up the world

Make me an instrument of Your peace*
Doubt-faith
Despair-hope
Darkness-light
Sadness-joy
Hate-love
Death to life

From death to life
She flies

© 2016 Joanne Jolee, Pinnacle American Records, LLC (BMI)

 

Bird of Paradise Liner Notes:
Composed, orchestrated and performed by Joanne Jolee
Cover image concept by Leiticia Pestova
Photography by Jason Hahn
*Prayer for Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi