Don’t Worry, Mashley’s Here


Maria (right) and Ashley

This last Sunday, my daughter Maria went to Mass with our family at a parish connected to the Seminary. After Mass, a number of seminarians who are fans of the music of Ashley and Maria came up to her and shared their appreciation. She was delighted, and therefore I was delighted that she was delighted.

One of the seminarians told Maria that the guys in the Seminary really needed a good song to help them get through the upcoming hardships of their exams.

Well, that’s all it took. She was on a mission.

As soon as we got in the car, Maria called Ashley and started to plan what song to cover for the seminarians. She asked me to drive her to straight to Ashley’s house. I dropped her off and in 35 minutes they had chosen a song, practiced it and recorded it. It bears their signature staid demeanor (in marvelous juxtaposition to the words), with birds singing in the background and a car whizzing by.

One of the seminarians told me to tell them: “The song reminded us of an oasis in the midst of life’s frenetic pace; to just stop everything and waste some time singing on a Sunday afternoon. Just because.”


Here it is:


9 comments on “Don’t Worry, Mashley’s Here

  1. Nos says:

    A gem begets a gem begets a gem and yes produces yet again another gem… the rosebush in the background highlights their beauty,thank you young ladies

  2. Jennifer says:

    Is it ever “just because” or is it “because love”?
    Please express my thanks to Maria and Ashley for sharing their gifts. My little aspiring violinist sat mesmerized by Maria’s ukulele.

  3. Edward Cavanagh says:

    I like this song in any case;but,the ladies’ performance was great; Thanks!

  4. Kathy Grobe says:

    So the poker faces are intentional. I wondered. Tell the girls I love them just like I love all the Neals. 🙂

  5. DismasDancing says:

    Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.”

    John Denver: “For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers; their laughter and their loveliness will clear a cloudy day…”

    Jesus: “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (MT 19:14)

    Beautiful! Nuff said…MORE—Please!

  6. Pam says:

    From a Mashley subscriber, love seeing these smiling faces !

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