Sean Clive – What I’ve Settled For - Catholic CD Review


Sean Clive has teamed up with David Smith of Icon Music Studios for his fourth album, What I’ve Settled For. Equally as good musically as his previous album, Amazed, What I’ve Settled For covers new ground lyrically with songs affirming family life.

Sean has a unique gift for storytelling that immediately touches the heart. This album is full of stories about his wife and children. When you’re done listening to the 13 tracks, you feel like you’ve met the whole family!

While the songs employing scripture and exploring the faith life are very good (“The Everlasting” most especially – a great take on Psalm 90), it’s the songs about his wife and children that especially touched me.

Beginning with his wife, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more touching love song of a husband to a wife than “Ordinary Way.” Consider this line as an example: “Dirty dishes, messy rooms and toys all over the floor – your knight in shining armor wishes that he could give you more . . .” Throughout the song you hear, “Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to say I love you in a not so very Ordinary Way.”

“The First Day” and “Go to Sleep” are beautiful songs sung to his children. I especially loved the bonus track on the album though, “Kids are Great” (dedicated to his ‘high-spirited’ daughter). Sung with a touch of loving humor and sarcasm, Sean relates stories that every parent will relate to.

What I’ve Settled For affirms family life in such a wonderful and genuine way. Sean doesn’t preach – he simply shares his life.

There are so many other wonderful songs on this album but you’ll have to purchase it yourself to find out. You can purchase What I’ve Settled For through Sean’s website at

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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