Posts tagged ‘What Peace Looks Like’
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!
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.
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.