An Iranian Sunni Kurdish Shepherd and Friend
This is Part 5 of a series of blog articles on my new forthcoming CD, “SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.”
Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
Songwriter Julie Gold is a modern day visionary. She might not put it that way, but she does receive regular gifts from God in the form of songs.
I am fortunate to have just recorded my third Julie Gold song, this one for the forth-coming CD, SILK ROAD. The song is called “When He Walks With Me.” It opens the CD in a most transcendent way. That’s because I am fortunate to work regularly and closely with another visionary named Peter Link.
I don’t use the term “visionary” lightly, and it truly does apply to both of these musician/thinkers. Together, through song, lyric, orchestral coloring and arrangement, “When He Walks With Me” becomes a kaleidoscope of prayer, anthem, protest and celebration.
“When He Walks With Me” is an inspirational song, which is right up my alley. What makes this one different, though, is that it’s also an issue song. It’s right there in the trenches grappling with the big world problems of today. The song has its feet planted on terra firma in its expression of hope and healing.
It’s also a love song – between me, and He who walks with me.
I believe it’s the perfect song to open a new album whose themes are sacred and Inspirational, dealing with the issues of our world today and also the personal relationships with those closest to us.
November 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm
This is Part 4 of a series of blog articles on my new forthcoming CD, “SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth.” SILK ROAD will be released early in December 2012. Just a few more weeks! Click to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
“On My Way To You” is one of those classic songs in life. It’s universal and yet it’s so particular. I imagine that anyone who chances to hear the song will immediately connect to it with a story of their own. Certainly that’s true for me.
It’s the second song on my soon-to-be-released CD, SILK ROAD. Not only is it a classic song, but it’s a classic love song. An internal journey, “On My Way To You” explores the emotional terrain of the heart.
The song was written by masters of the art of popular song. Composed by the wonderful French musician, Michel Legrand (“Summer of 42”, “The Windmills of Your Mind“, “I Will Wait For You”), the lyrics were written by one of the most recorded lyric writing teams in pop music, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. (“I Believe In Love”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, “The Way We Were”) The most definitive recording of “On My Way To You” is by Barbara Streisand. The pedigree just doesn’t get much better than that.
My producer, Peter Link, suggested the song for the SILK ROAD CD, because, again, it’s just one of those songs in life. Wait till you hear Peter’s remarkable orchestration. It’s rich, lush, and… new. Peter created a sound experience with an intro that’s over a minute long: It’s as if you are being awakened from a deep sleep into conscious awareness. You’ll understand what I mean when you hear it!
November 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm
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.
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.
November 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm