The beautiful Alicia Myers gospel song that Chante covered and truly made her own! Singing the song completely from the heart. We had such a wonderful time making this record. Louis Silas, her record label boss gave us a 16 piece string section budget on many of the tunes!! …. you can really hear this to great effect here….check the end. Beautiful rhodes by Adrian Reid too, of Jazz warriors fame.
I want to recount my amazing day just this Sunday past…
In the morning my family and I went to St Pauls Cathedral. My nephew Theo is a chorister there ( he’s Joanna Laws boy!!) We heard the incredible cathedral choir perform Mozarts Coronation Mass with the London Sinfonia orchestra under the mighty dome in that glorious building. It was stunningly beautiful , quite overwhelming to me because it was so familiar as I had sung it many moons ago as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral. (This was an extremely formative time for me as a musician, from age 9-14)
Afterwards we had a wonderful family sunday lunch at Carluccios in west Smithfield and then I strolled along the sun drenched Thames embankment to Somerset House (on that afternoon all I could think of was “Yellow was the colour of sunrays!” )
I met all my old friends, and some new! from SIIS. We sound checked, hung out, got ready and then played the most amazing concert in the evening to a fantastic crowd.
Pretty much a perfect day to me…where all this different music made perfect sense. It was simply GOOD MUSIC…..”to elevate your mind and free your soul”
Peace and blessings all, S. xx
Hi Folks, I wanted to pass this on to you all,
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a scientist from Japan, has done acclaimed research and publications about the characteristics of water and how, among other things, water physically responds to emotions. He has proposed a prayer for the Gulf situation. He uses the Hawaiian healing prayer, Ho’oponopono, as part of it, at the end.
Right now, most of us have felt predominantly angry when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed.
"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton’s, corals, algae and all living creatures…..I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you."
We are not powerless. We are powerful.
We don’t have to know how……we just have to recognize that the power of love is greatest force.
Brother Roger of Taize in 1990…speaking so beautifully about faith. Such a great man…whose wisdom and insight lives on in Taize and all over the world in the community’s work for peace and reconciliation amongst all people. RIP and God bless you Roger.
This is a great site for some daily wisdom and enlightenment if you so wish!! Not faith specific…or particularly theistic…but words of understanding gathered from many varied sources. All to help us live kinder more loving and peaceful lives….Here here to that!!
Incredible song by my talented and soulful sister Joanna. Incredible too that it never got a release?!…Love the whole sweeping vibe of the song. Jo’s voice all over the airwaves again with Way Out West remix of their hit The Gift…which samples her singing ‘The First Time Ever’….cant keep a great voice down!! Watch out for new songs from Jo later this year….
This is the cover of Deniece William’s glorious tune that we did with Chante….originally produced for DW by one of my all time heroes and inspiration: Maurice White.
You can imagine the thrill it was to do this wonderful song with Chante….who does the original total justice in the way a good version should…with respect and honour but also a real reinterpretation….making it her own.
Special mention for Adrian Reid’s beautiful rhodes and piano playing….Ross Andersons always soulful bass and guitar work….and also this amazing slideshow that I found on YT (respect jayb4321!!)
It was the late great Louis Silas ( her label boss and great friend) who came up with the idea of fusing ‘Sail On’ at the end…and I still melt when I hear Chante’s BGs come in and her ad libs weaving about them….she is a beautiful song bird of paradise in our midst!!
Peace and Blessings all….
Good stuff for this day xxx