This little ‘iMovie’ slideshow below, the music track behind it, and the original song composition itself are all tokens of love for a certain Mr. Roswell Rudd.
Verna Gillis wrote the tune for Roswell. She then invited musical friends of Roz to arrange and record her tune as a collective gift to him.
Many including myself did happily contribute recordings and they’re posted here: https://soundcloud.com/lovesongforroz
I’m lucky to call him a friend. He has been, and will always be a major inspirational guiding spirit not only in my life, but also in the lives of many others. Machan Taylor and Matt Finck are in fact two of those others. They collaborated with me throughout the making of the music. I thank them for their generosity of spirit, talent, time, and for the fun we had! We all thank you Roswell. * (see credits below)
*Matt Finck – rhythm guitar and ‘jazz’ solo guitar
Machan Taylor – vocals and soprano vocal solo
Danny Louis – bass, drums, piano, arrangement, additional guitars, vocals, orchestration, programming.
Recorded and produced by Danny Louis at Rogue’s Harbour Studio.
Like many people I know, I am often troubled when reading or watching the news these days. Now I’m just another fallible human being and just a musician at that. But I would like to humbly offer an opinion.
Regarding the focus on Cultural Differences, Climate Change, Political Corruption, Economic Disparity, and Violence: In my view these are all “local” phenomena. By “local” I mean located on our little planet in our little corner of the galaxy in our little corner of the cosmos, etc. Universally however; when it comes to realizing the ultimate success or failure of humans on this particular planet, there will always be many problems to solve.
All living organisms innately possess the impetus to succeed including human beings who rely on their evolved brains to learn, adapt and survive. But in the evolution of the human brain there is a race going on between wisdom and intelligence. On the wisdom side we have accumulated knowledge, like the concept that ALL the bountiful energy in the universe is inextricably connected. And, on the intelligence side we have invented technology, all the tools we create to employ mechanical principles and manipulate our environment for better or for worse.
If and when we embrace both wisdom and intelligence we will stop fearfully competing against each other, join forces, and solve as many problematical questions as can be dreamed of. If we don’t, well…you see the symptoms on the news, and that ain’t the half of it. It’s all about time, and in my opinion the clock towards failure is ticking loudly if we don’t evolve our way of thinking.
In response to the question, “Are you optimistic about the future of the human race?”, the Dali Lama said, “Oh yes, I am an optimist.” When asked why, he said, “Because we are still here.” For the record, I personally agree with him and remain ever hopeful that more and more people will reject mass beliefs in scarcity in favor of a wise and technologically advanced future that includes abundance for all of humanity.