Metropolis - The Fires

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Metropolis - The Fires

Joe Holiday plays on the 1987 release "Metropolis" from the record "Traveler" by Paul Horn and Christopher Hedge. Dedicated to those who are at the center of the fires in Sonoma and Napa in California, October 9-10, 2017

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Ju Ju

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Ju Ju

I was listening to this tune from a while back and thinking of my partner in music, Titos Sompa. We met when I had my first studio on Miramar Beach and we've been tight ever since. 

This one is a nice piece called "Ju Ju". The saxes are Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett and trumpet by Olu Dara. Backing vocals are the wonderful Jeanie Tracy.

Just a bit of joy for a Thursday.

Click Mbongi if you would like to hear the rest of our record. Cheers!

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The New Heroes - Part One

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The New Heroes - Part One

With all the sadness in the news these days, I felt like re-posting this piece for you.

The opening theme for The New Heroes features sounds and instruments from different times and places, but all seem to have a common thread of hope and salvation. The voice of Titos Sompa from the album "Mbongi". The flute of I Sing Lama, the player who walked from India to join Paul Horn and I in a session in Nepal, the children from an open air girls school in Fiji with birds flying in and out of the room... all were moments that left me in awe of the power of humanity for good.

Imagery - Mitch Wilson   

Visit - The Skoll Foundation - The New Heroes

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Friday Tune 10-24-14

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Friday Tune 10-24-14

You and I

Friday Tune for October 24, 2014

Here is a little something from the archive. 

I don't often write vocal songs, but when Titos Sompa and I created "Mbongi", we had the talents of not only Titos' voice, but Grammy winning singers Skyler Jett and Jeanie Tracy. Simple message, "you are a part of this world..."

In the Shadow of Saturn

In the Shadow of Saturn

When my son was in grade school and my daughter was in High School, I asked them to help me with the filming of a couple of public service announcements. They were asked to be in a group on camera and discuss their hopes and fears about the world. One of my son's hopes was to take his bike and ride around the rings of Saturn. That's my daughter's beautiful laugh in response. 

Titos Sompa

Titos Sompa

I'll post one of these "Friday Tunes" now and then... something for you, for fun.

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The Nobel Prize

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The Nobel Prize

Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

Yesterday, the Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their courageous work on children's safety, rights and freedom. 

I had the honor of writing this song for Kailash. That is his voice at the beginning, describing his passion.

Featuring Alam Khan - SarodDebopriyo Sarkar - Tabla, Paul Horn - Flute, and Julian Smedley - Violin

I met Kailash Satyarthi while composing the music for a documentary about him with directors Carl Byker and Mitchell D. Wilson. He had come to a gathering to celebrate the release of our television series "The New Heroes - with Robert Redford" and my record "The New Heroes". 

I remember speaking with him while standing in a small crowd. He was dressed in white and looking very still and frail. When he was filmed, he was raiding a quarry in India where people, mostly from the "untouchable" caste, were enslaved. He appeared much stronger.

It turned out that, between the time the doc was made and when we met him, Kailash had been trying to free a group of children who were circus slaves from Nepal. He was ambushed  during the attempt and beaten into unconsciousness. When he woke, he refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment. Rather, he demanded to be taken to the steps of the city center, in front of the corrupt officials who were complicit in his beating. He refused to leave, eat or get desperately needed treatment until those children were freed. They were. He survived. The man we met was recovering from near death.

 

Alam Khan

Alam Khan

Photo of Arshad Syed

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