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In my new single ‘Atlantia’ I directly question my identity – on the face of it, I am the progeny of a black mother and a white father. Growing up I have struggled to identify as either one of those, and the more I travelled, the more I observed the commonality between us as human beings, fellow travellers through time to all corners of this Earth, free to identify ourselves as we choose but fundamentally all made of the same stuff: we are all shards of the divine. “Returning to Atlantia” is inviting us to return to who we really are.
"The song is in two distinct parts. The first part is about the things I've lost faith in. It's quite easy to be precise about the things I've lost faith in - politics, media, science, technology, the things that everybody has, and yet I along with most other people have a great deal of hope, and a feeling that things will and can get better. So what do we place our faith in I can't define that as easily as I can define what I don't believe in anymore. So I haven't defined it, I've just said if I ever lose my faith in you, and "You" could be my producer, it could be faith in God, it could be faith in myself, or it could be faith in romantic love. It could be all of those things, I don't define it. I think it's important not to define it, because once you can define something it evaporates."
This Is Not America" was the result of their collaboration. Bowie watched an early screening of The Falcon and the Snowman and took notes on lines and themes that they might use; "This is not America" is a line said by one character to another, and both Bowie and Metheny agreed it was interesting. Metheny later noted that Bowie's lyrics were "profound and meaningful—and absolutely perfect for the film."
"Man in the Mirror" was written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett. The theme of the song is self-transformation and the ability of everyone to make a difference in the world
for the betterment of society.
Daviid Darling was an American cellist and composer.
In 2010, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
He performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Paul Winter Consort, Ralph Towner and Spyro Gyra and released many solo albums. Among these were 15 recordings for ECM.
Coleman Barks is an American poet.
Although he neither speaks nor reads Persian, he is a popular interpreter of Rumi, rewriting the poems based on other English translations. Barks was a student of the Sufi Shaykh Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. He makes frequent international appearances and is well-known throughout the Middle East. Due to his work, the ideas of Sufism have crossed many cultural boundaries over the past few decades. Barks received an honorary doctorate from University of Tehran in 2006. He taught literature at the the University of Georgia for three decades.
If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the color of the evening sun
Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay
Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are how fragile we are
"Has Pat ever done anything that wasn't monumental? He's light years from anyone. Good lord, what a talent. A million years from now this song will still pull you to places you've never been. Just awe-inspiring, like all of Pat's work. Genius doesn't even begin to describe him.
And that includes Lyle too..." - Rick Johnson
Herbie Hancock’s star-studded The Imagine Project was several years in the making, recorded in seven countries with musicians from all over the globe. Much of what’s here is interpretations of well-known pop, folk, and soul songs. This album was recorded in various countries throughout the world, in multiple languages, and with various international artists in an effort to show the power and beauty of global collaboration as a golden path to peace.
“What A Wonderful World” was written in 1967 by George David Weiss together with George Douglas, an alias for Bob Thiele, Armstrong’s producer at ABC Records. In his 2005 book, What A Wonderful World: A Lifetime Of Recordings, Thiele said that the song was intended as a reassuring antidote to the mounting problems facing America in the late 60s; a time defined by what he described as “the deepening national traumas of the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, racial strife, and turmoil everywhere.” After hearing Thiele’s demo tape of “What A Wonderful World,” Armstrong was keen to record the tune but Larry Newton, the president of ABC, purportedly hated it and vetoed the idea. Despite Newton’s protests, Armstrong secretly began recording the song in Las Vegas immediately after a show there
in September 1967.
Joni Mitchell composed the song based on what she had heard from her then-boyfriend Graham Nash about the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. She had not been there herself, since a manager had told her that it would, instead, be more advantageous for her to appear on The Dick Cavett Show. She composed it in a hotel room in New York City, watching televised reports of the festival. "The deprivation of not being able to go provided me with an intense angle on Woodstock," she told an interviewer shortly after the event. David Crosby, interviewed for the documentary Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind, stated that Mitchell had captured the feeling and importance of the Woodstock festival better than anyone who had actually been there. The lyrics tell a story about a spiritual journey to Max Yasgur's farm, the place of the festival, and make prominent use of sacred imagery, comparing the festival site with the Garden of Eden ("and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"). The saga commences with the narrator's encounter of a fellow traveler ("Well, I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road") and concludes at their ultimate destination ("by the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong"). There are also references to the horrific "mutual assured destruction" of the Cold War ("bombers riding shotgun in the sky...") contrasted against the peaceful intent of the festival goers ("...turning into butterflies above our nation").
Jacob Collier and the Metropole Orkest perform Jacob's own orchestral arrangement of his song 'In The Real Early Morning' from his debut album 'In My Room', under the baton of Jules Buckley; live at the Quincy Jones Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in London,
on August 22nd, 2016.
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