Silk Road – Part 7: It’s Here!

December 6, 2012 at 1:32 am 1 comment

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Yes, it’s here!  I’m excited!  Today marks the first full day out in the world for
SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.

Having officially released this new CD just last night, I’m feeling grateful and, I admit, anxious over my newborn.  I’m celebrating, and fluttering nervously over my babe!  It’s been quite a journey getting this child out into broad daylight.  I want her to feel GOOD in the sun!

Well, like any parent, made new again by this new arrival, the new adventure begins!  This new CD gets to live and breathe in the world.  My hope and intention is that it will open some hearts and provoke some thoughtful responses at the very least.  (To read the first 6 parts of this blog series, click here.)

The creation process of this CD has certainly changed me.  It brought me further along in my own personal and artistic evolution.  I think that’s the most important part for me: Evolution.  I don’t EVER want to stop learning, exploring and discovering …

This project, SILK ROAD, symbolizes my quest to keep doing just those things.

Before I go any further, though, it seems like I ought to talk a little about the title song, Silk Road.  It’s the third track on the CD.  That’s an important spot on any album.

Around here, we call it the Lou Gehrig or Babe Ruth spot.  The first song (or 1st batter) is fast and gets on base.  The second song (or batter) advances the runner, and the third song is the big slugger who can drive him home.  The third song, one hopes, is a home run song, then, if you will.

Not a baseball aficionado?  Well, neither was I until I started working closely with my producer/composer, Peter Link.  Thinking in baseball terms is a requirement if you are going to spend any serious time with him.

So here’s how we arrived at this third position song, Silk Road. To begin, the SILK ROAD CD was born, in part because Peter and I constantly discuss the wonders –- and the problems — of modern technology in our world today.  The title song, Silk Road, takes a metaphorical look at these very issues.

Peter discovered the metaphor for this.  The idea is that the Internet is the modern-day Silk Road, connecting anyone and everyone: world leaders, the common man, even the remote Maasai herder in Africa.

Inevitably, as it happens around our headquarters at Watchfire Music, these discussions lead to … well, you know — a song.  Silk Road was born.

Like the historical Silk Road, the song went through a series of evolutions that included multiple performances, discussions and rewrites until we came to this definitive recording.

As we explored the concept of this modern day Silk Road, the enabler in the Age of Information, we began to explore the ramifications and great potentialities of this new road.  It’s a road that can lead us through a more internal path where we can share our thoughts with others across the planet almost as fast as we can think our thoughts … if used with care and ethics.

At its core we think the Silk Road of today has the enormous potential (somewhat already realized) to bring positive change and healing to our planet.

How amazing to think about traveling this modern Silk Road, sharing our ever-developing inner paths with one another.  Silk Road gives us our road map:
Today
This same road
Spans the earth
Weaving its silver thread
Today
In the same way
Thoughts are born
As their ideas spread

More and more the road goes inward
Weaving through paths of consciousness
Spanning the concepts of many a mind
Traveling the innermost journey
Yes more and more the road goes inward
To a world beyond space and time

The ancient Silk Roads enabled man to explore and connect Planet Earth.  Perhaps this modern Silk Road can enable us to explore the more spiritual landscape of our lives.

You can listen to samples of the songs on this CD as well as download them here.

Silk Road
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Traveling down the Silk Road
Traveling down the Silk Road
Weaving the silver threads of knowledge
We spin our lives
Traveling down the Silk Road

Traveling down the Silk Road
Traveling down the Silk Road
Spanning a world in evolution
We journey on
Traveling down the Silk Road

We’re traveling down the Silk Road
To a different drum
To a different sound
To a better world
To a higher ground

We have a chance now
There’s a Silk Road connecting hearts and minds
Showing all mankind
Just what could be
And what should be
On the Silk Road

It’s a revolution of the common man
Saying “just let us live our lives in peace”
No sleepless nights,
No crying child
No fear, you hear?
No bloodshed
No thousands dead on CNN
Just peace instead
On the Silk Road

In ancient times this road transported
Silk and satin
Herbs and spices
Cinnamon ginger
Clove and musk
Ivory jade glass and gold
The intercourse of mankind young and old

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand
Ostrich eggs and opium
Buddhism!

Traveling down the Silk Road
Traveling down the Silk Road
Bridging the gap between the families
Of all mankind
Traveling down the Silk Road

Today
This same road
Spans the earth
Weaving its silver thread
Today
In the same way
Thoughts are born
As their ideas spread

More and more the road goes inward
Weaving through paths of consciousness
Spanning the concepts of many a mind
Traveling the innermost journey
Yes more and more the road goes inward
To a world beyond space and time

Today we still travel this road
It’s a different time
But the same old tale
Trying to bridge two worlds
But on a larger scale

It happened in America
With Martin Luther King
It happened in India
With Mahatma Gandhi
It happened in Egypt
With the people
The common man
    The common man
        The common man

Traveling down the Silk Road
Traveling down the Silk Road
Chasing the Age of Information
And on we go
Traveling down the Silk Road

Traveling down the Silk Road
Traveling down the Silk Road
Bridging the thoughts and grand ideas
Of all mankind
Traveling down the Silk Road

Traveling down the Silk Road
Traveling down the Silk Road
Weaving the silver threads of knowledge
We spin our lives
Traveling down the Silk Road

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dilip  |  December 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    A beautiful song and lovely words.
    Thanks Julia.

    Reply

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