Homemade with Rosemary
Words, music, vocals and guitar by Rosemary Phillips (SOCAN)
Bass - Jim Ryan
Percussion - Dave Brummet
Bass for "Doubt and Faith" and "Love's Heart" - John Vere
16 years after its release (2002), 500 copies of the original pressing are long gone, and so are hundreds of home-made copies. It is humbling to know this simple creation has reached so many and brought pleasure far and wide, and continues to help people through difficult times, healing and transitions, particularly now, on planet Earth, our Home.
Songs and FREE MP3 Downloads/Livestreams
Individual Song Lyrics & Videos
The Recording comes together
Songs to help with Healing, Transitions, Life
Reviews of Homemade
Songs and FREE MP3 Downloads and Livestream. Click on the titles:
are the Wind
The Sun and the Moon
Reach for the Star
Doubt and Faith
Old, Old Tree
A Candle of Light
The Opening Door
Individual Song Lyrics and YouTube Videos
Go to the Lyrics Index page which provides links for each song, and where there is a video, a link to YouTube.
The Recording Comes Together
After years of singing other people’s songs the Muse hit
me in rather a big way and since the first fun song called “Stuff”
(which came about after Mum died, my car got rear-ended and my home
was set on fire – you have to laugh at life sometimes) lyrics
and little tunes have been pouring out.
The world changes with 9-11
Then, after September 11, 2001, when the world was presented with
yet another great opportunity for growth, the song “Tears”
happened. And with the song came the words like a voice booming
in my head, “You must record this.” And so I did, along
with several other songs.
Jim Ryan helped on bass
It was all done in one session with great musicians: Jim Ryan on
bass (he's amazing) and Dave Brummet on percussion. I sang all the vocals,
and harmonies, and played guitar. John Vere of Cactus Studios in Grand Forks, BC, did
the engineering and mixing, and a little more guitar and bass.
with Jim Ryan and Dave Brummet performing "Tears"
live on stage.
We stood or sat around the studio in a circle, working and playing
off each other. Jim would say, “Play it through.” He scribbled some notes, then we played the piece once and the next time it was a take. Things went
that smoothly. Except for after the rather emotional song “Reach
for the Star”, after which Jim had to go outside and have
It was like recording in the intimacy of a living room. So there’s
no fancy electronic effects, no high tech here, just a bunch of
musicians recording “live”. There may be glitches but
that’s what makes it human and “Homemade”. There
was magic. And angels were certainly with us. I did ask the angels
when we started if they could sing the song “We are the Wind”
instead of having me try and imitate them. But they chose not to
comply. So, instead, you have Rosemary imagining she’s an
angel. (Pull the other leg, it’s got a bell on it.)
Songs to help with Healing, Transitions and Life
The songs are very much the inspirational and spiritual kind,
with a little bit of fun. They deal with life transitions, and have
been used for people who are facing difficulties in their lives,
such as depression, grief, healing, and terminal illness. One lady
recently stopped me on the main street of town to say, “I
play your CD every morning and every night to help me through. You
see, my daughter is dying of cancer.”
I feel truly honoured that my work is able to help others that
So I hope that you enjoy this CD and that it brings you
comfort too. And watch for "The Opening Door".
Reviews of "Homemade with Rosemary"
Hi there Rosemary … I recently received your CD “Homemade”,
thanks to family friend Dick, who resides on the Charlottes…
congratulations on a fine job, and very entertaining recording.
The wife and I thoroughly enjoy it! Good luck with any future recordings.
Dave Glover, Trail,
Your CD is a joy. I love every song, and they fit together so beautifully.
The colours and design on the album are very heart lifting and eye-catching.
The more people who get to listen to your songs in these uncertain
times, the better.
Maureen, Quadra Island
Your CD arrived today. It has a lovely cover and I am looking forward
to listening to your voice. I loved hearing you sing “The
Sun and the Moon” on Neil Gillon’s morning show (CBC
Lillian, Delta, B.C.
I have thoroughly enjoyed your CD – both the lyrics and the
clarity of your voice. My daughter is going through a very rough
time emotionally at the moment so I am hoping that listening to
your songs will bring her some solace and peace.
Thank you for that inspiration CD “Homemade with Rosemary.”
I note how this has come about and I am sure it would indeed be
a valuable complement to our work here, so thank you for it, for
it will indeed be treasured.
Ray Branch, Harry Edwards
Spiritual Healing Sanctuary, Burrows Lea, U.K.
Thank you so much for the CD. I enjoyed it very much. I took it
last week to my laundrette and the manager of the shop played it
to us, the customers.
Betty, London, U.K.
Thank you so much for sending the CD – I love it! You’re
very focussed and it comes through in your music. My favourite cut?
“Opening Doors.” It’s the only way to look at
I received your CD today. You certainly have a lovely voice. I’m
listening to you as I write this.
Yes, I played “Homemade” the minute it dropped through
the letterbox. Thanks for such a heart warming disc. Your warm voice
full of love and meaning floats over this damp February morning
and cheers me on my way. Yes, I am moved by “Old, Old Tree”
but “Thank You” is so full of gratitude for the good,
and my feeling for you.
The lyrics and your music, and your voice, are terrific. I knew
you wrote books and good articles, but I had no idea you were so
gifted musically. I feel very privileged to have the product of
what I am sure was a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and
I thank you so much for sending me something that did cheer me.
What a wonderful surprise to receive the CD “Homemade with
Rosemary.” You have been busy and being true to your creative
self. I will share the CD and its good music with Tom and other
friends too. It is kind of special. I particularly like the pieces
“The Sun and the Moon”, “Doubt and Faith”,
and “Stuff”. You truly have gone a long way since “Bubbles
You have a great voice and I hope you are very successful with
it. Listening to your songs is like having the sunshine in the room!
Congratulations on a beautiful collection of songs! May your soothing
sounds reach many; lend comfort where there is pain; pleasure where
there is wont; and a sense of calm and serenity to all.
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