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Here is my tribute to my dear father, who taught me that — as Saint-Exupery says, “what is essential is invisible to the eye,” and that you “could own everything and still have nothing at all.” I hope this message connects with you and yours.
On New Year’s Eve 2020, I found myself contemplating the profound hardships that we’d all endured in the face of a global pandemic. I was particularly troubled by the toll it was taking on my granddaughter Serena, who had just moved to a new city. At a time when she and kids of her age in the prime of their childhood should be going to school and meeting new friends, they instead find themselves isolated to their bedrooms with little contact with the outside world. I wrote this song for her as a message of hope and reassurance that better days are ahead. I hope it has meaning for you and your family.
From folk music icon / legendary Americana recording artist Arlo Guthrie and acclaimed pianist Jim Wilson comes a stunning new adaptation of the Stephen Foster classic, “Hard Times Come Again No More”. The project features extraordinary vocals by singing phenom, Vanessa Bryan, and performances by legendary bass player and multiple Grammy-winner Stanley Clarke, guitar virtuoso Andy McKee, Charlie Morgan, Brad Cole, Dasha Chadwick, Nic Jackson and Dillon O’Brian. Representing Arlo’s first studio release in over a decade, this is “a song for all times, a reinterpretation for our time.”
Years ago, I was deeply moved by the Native American proverb, “We do not inherit this earth from our forefathers, we borrow it from our children.” This simple but profound message inspired me to write the song “Our Children’s World”. I was fortunate enough to have world-class musician friends (see credits beneath YouTube video) who donated their amazing talents to the making of the recording. Plans were made to create a charity music video for the song. That mission evolved into the forming of an organization that would create environmental education programs. . . . Enter Jayne Chase’s “Center for Environmental Education”, whose mission aligned perfectly with ours. We merged our efforts and donated funds we’d raised to their cause. . . . The idea to create a music video for the song was tabled for the time being.
Cut to the global pandemic of 2020, which if nothing else, is a sobering reminder of how interwoven our lives are. This song’s message seems more relevant to 2020’s Earth Day than ever. In the words of Chief Seattle: “All things are bound together, all things connect.” It is incumbent on us to be responsible stewards of this world for future generations. If you feel moved by this message, please like, comment and share this video.