the album - "this sunrise"
The "utopian dream" of the 1960's, the dream for peace and love, freedom and equality for all, was a first step towards a global shift in consciousness that is really only now blossoming here in the 21st century (the age of Aquarius is truly upon us you could say...).
The 60's was a cry in the dark, a cry for change,; and though changes did come, the world seemed more to retreat in defence against change, falling into the clutches of consumerism and superficiality and ego-based individualism. We were obviously not ready for utopia.
So, as the world makes this shift now into a more "non-duality perception" of being, as spirituality and science begin to converge, as yoga and meditation inspires a global awareness, and as quantum physics tell us of our true identity as pure consciousness... I see this album as a reminder of the last time humanity experienced a shift but wasn't ready. Maybe we ARE ready now!
This album is a homage to the Counter-Culture of the 1960’s, but don’t get me wrong – it’s not an attempt to recreate the sound or style of the music of that era, nor is it meant as a complete historical document of the times. There are songs here about protest and revolution, but it’s not an album of protest-songs . . .. and it’s definitely not the voice of an old hippie trying to recapture his youth in nostalgia.
But there is a scent of nostalgia here. I’m not a child of the 60’s, but I admit I have a lasting fondness and respect for the period – for the dreams and ideals of those flower-children; for the awakening to the follies of the establishment; for the fire and fortitude that drove hordes of youths to demand and gain the basic civil rights we now (mostly) take for granted. And, as a songwriter, for the great, moving musical explosion that brought the underground bebop and jazz freedom to the surface.
The 60’s spawned the whole genre of singer-songwriter. . . and from the roots of folk and blues, through the waters of protest-song and psychedelia, the troubadour was reborn – they had so much to sing about in those days, it seems.
The desire and plan to make this album (my first/our first) coincided with my first ever viewing of the movie “Woodstock” – this led me to reading the book and to a deeper interest in the 60’s counter-culture movement. And that led me in turn to the decision to make it the theme of this album.
I wasn’t there, I don’t have the memories, (the closest I came to being a hippie is owning a VW bus), but I did have Wikipedia and You Tube for my research and inspiration. And that is what this album was meant to be... a collection of songs inspired by those times.
The world may be better now, or worse, or no different, depending on your viewpoint – but I believe the themes of these songs are just as relevant in today’s social/political climate as they were back in the 1960's. I also believe that the times are, once again, a-changin’. . .
...and there is still so much to sing about!
I hope you enjoy the album.
From the pages of Wikipedia . . .
The counterculture of the 1960s was a cultural phenomenon that developed first in the United States and United Kingdom and spread throughout much of the Western world between the early 1960s and the early 1970s. The movement gained momentum during the U.S. government's extensive military intervention in Vietnam. As the 1960s progressed, widespread tensions developed in American society that tended to flow along generational lines regarding the war in Vietnam, race relations, human sexuality, women's rights, traditional modes of authority, experimentation with psychoactive drugs, and differing interpretations of the American Dream. New cultural forms emerged, including the pop music of the British band The Beatles and the concurrent rise of hippie culture, which led to the rapid evolution of a youth subculture that emphasized change and experimentation. In addition to The Beatles, many songwriters, singers and musical groups from the United Kingdom and America came to impact the counterculture movement.