Posts tagged ‘Silk Road’

Silk Road – Part 6: My Body

This is part 6 in a series of blog articles about my new CD, Silk Road, which will be released in just 5 days on December 4th!   Here’s a really interesting adventure that we all share in common, each in our own way …

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Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Part 4 and Part 5
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This is a song about my body.  But I’m not so sure it’s about me.  Because me, and my body… well, you see, we’re a bit of a mystery.

We spend our lives trying to figure out our bodies – physically, on the one hand, spiritually, on the other… and we try to get all the shades in between.  This body …  It’s very hard to define.
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November 30, 2012 at 2:07 am 6 comments

Silk Road — Part 5: When He Walks With Me

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.

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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.
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November 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm 2 comments

Silk Road – Part 4: On My Way To You

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.

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“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!
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November 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm 3 comments

Silk Road – Part 3: What Peace Looks Like (cont.)

Scene from “Take The Lead” with Antonio Banderas

This is a continuation of the inspiration for the song “What Peace Looks Like” on my new forthcoming CD, SILK ROAD – Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, please go back and get caught up!

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I wrote about the awakening of my social conscience in Silk Road – Part 2: What Peace Looks Like.  I was teaching in three schools in the inner city zone of South Central Los Angeles when the Rodney King Riots broke out in 1992.  Fast-forward now to the last eight years:

Hundreds of hours of travel and as many hours of pre-performance quiet added up to my reading some truly inspiring books, many non-fiction, and watching incredible call-to-action documentaries and films based on true stories. (Take The Lead starring Antonio Banderas, based on the life of well-known ballroom dancer and instructor, Pierre Dulaine, for example.)  My inner experience of these stories, along with my earlier teaching sent me on the road to “What Peace Looks Like,” one of the issue songs on my new about-to-be-released CD, SILK ROAD.

In 2007, I was on tour with my inspirational concert “A Canvas Of Colors.”  Very early one morning in the airport bookstore, I was browsing through the new non-fiction books, and  Three Cups of Tea laser-beamed out at me.  I had never heard of it until that moment.  While on that tour, my life changed again:  I couldn’t stop reading about how one man, Greg Mortenson, changed thousands of lives by committing to a singular goal: providing education for thousands of girls in countries where their schooling has traditionally been ignored.

Later, I dove deep into Greg Mortenson’s follow up book, Stones into Schools. It’s the continuing story of Greg’s incredible life work that goes forward today.

In 2009, I discovered another truly life-changing book, again, at the airport: What Is The What by Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng.  This is a book that I believe should be required high school reading the world over.

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November 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm 4 comments

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


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