The song “There Are Angels” came to me in a dream while I was recovering from surgery in March 2008. A year after I'd written the words down, I decided to get the music in writing before I forgot it. A week later I was asked to sing at the memorial service of a dear friend who had passed away. I quickly asked my music director/arranger, Frank Owens, to write a piano arrangement so that I could sing the song in Colorado. When I returned from Aspen I asked Frank to write arrangements for a full string orchestra, rhythm section, plus french horn, etc because I wanted to record the song.
The glitch was that I was having hiatal hernia plus fundiplication surgery in 6 weeks so we had to move fast. I did the vocal track the day before the surgery (Sept 2009.) Thank God it went well because I was not going to be allowed to sing again for another 4 months. My goal was to get the CD out before Christmas that year, and we did it.
Quite interestingly...while I was getting all of this done, I kept seeing angels in my peripheral vision, out of the corner of my eye, somewhere in a cloud...in a tree...all over...the strangest thing. I don't usually "see" things like that. I'd think I saw one then take a second look, and there would be no one there. Of course, I just assumed my brain was playing tricks on me, or that I was over-tired, or any number of explanations, but...this kept happening for about 2 months. The day the final CD Master was made...it just stopped. I have not seen them since. I believe they are still here but they no longer need to coax me along. I think they are happy now. So am I.