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Silk Road – Part 2: What Peace Looks Like

This is Part 2 of a series of blog posts on my new forthcoming CD, SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.  If you missed the previous post, please click here to read Part 1.

A quick summary my new CD:  SILK ROAD is a project that weaves together music and ideas that are shared by individuals in our own experiences the world over.   The Silk Road CD has evolved into a collection of journey songs.  Some are solitary journeys of the spirit within.  Some are love songs — journeys of the heart.  And others issue songs — outward journeys, looking at the world as it is and as it could be.

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I was going to start this second post by talking about the title song “Silk Road.”  That’s where the CD’s concept really began for Peter Link, my producer and main songwriter on the CD.  This song really defined the album for him.

But for me, the genesis of another song on the CD, “What Peace Looks Like,” was what gave me initial direction to the SILK ROAD experience.

“What Peace Looks Like” is one of the issue songs, or outward journeys on the CD. It’s a joyful, uptempo piece, with Afro-Caribbean music.  It has a serious message set to infectious rhythms that give the song both a depth and a certain childlike quality.

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November 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm 4 comments

Mr. Kanamori’s “Children Full of Life”

Mr. Kanamori’s “Children Full of Life”

One of my internet sources of Inspiration is a site called Karmatube.com.  I have blogged about these folks before, and I have to do it again.  Because I subscribe to their site, I receive a Karmatube Video of the Week by email every Friday morning.

I try to go through every video each week, but sometimes they stack up, just as my email does.  Last Friday, however, I took the time to view the video that week and was deeply rewarded and refreshed for having done so.

The Karmatube Video of the Week for Friday, January 15th was actually the first of a series of 5 documentary shorts about a truly special teacher, Toshiro Kanamori, who teaches his fourth grade students in Kanazawa, a town northwest of Tokyo.

Mr. Kanamori teaches, besides normal curriculum, some of the grand themes in life:  love, compassion, patience, teamwork, dealing with grief and most importantly, the capacity to be happy.  He has his children write their inner thoughts each day in their journals, and they in turn share what they have written.

In the course of sharing, these children learn to listen to each another, to respect and to support one another.
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January 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm 8 comments


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