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Five years ago, singer/songwriter Burke Ingraffia’s life fell apart: His marriage was annulled; he moved out of New Orleans and quit his teaching job because he didn’t have the emotional resources to give his students what they needed. And maybe the worst part of it was he couldn’t write songs about his experiences–that well had dried up. In the midst of this, he decided to join the Society of Jesus and began the long process of becoming a Jesuit. But his experience at the novitiate taught him that that was not his calling, and it pushed him back to his vocation as a musician and songwriter. The result, all these years later, is his new album, Waves. It’s out now on CD, LP, and the usual streaming services, and Burke joins Michial Farmer for this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles to discuss it.

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