I'm a musician/singer/composer and also an international museum installation artist working with both film and music and soundscapes.
I've long worked as a session singer, taught voice and directed choirs, and have a profound interest in world music.
I have moved countries 19 times since childhood and am a natural global citizen with a huge love for the world, for music, and for the power of art to connect people.
With musicians from three cultures coming together, this song is both a sorrowful lament at the state of the earth, and an urgent call to peace and transcendence. ‘10,000 things’ refers to the Taoist idea that the world is full of shadowy distractions that separate us from our true spiritual nature. The song expresses the inherent conflict between the reality of the chaotic physical world and the profound desire for harmony and unity. This desire is expressed through the urgent injunction to ‘Release the Doves’ of peace.
A wish is one of the most conflicting act of humankind. That simple prayer, desire or expectation for bliss that may or may never come through. An even bigger conflict is daring to make a wish irrespective of what reality is. But we're humans and we never relent. For even if the heavens fall, even if everything is taken from us, nothing will be able to stop us from making a silent, harmless, thoughtful, wish.
‘Seize The Day’, written during lockdown by actor and musician Greg Wise, is sung by Heather Ella Rose with backing vocals by Marshall Muze, Bass by Neipesmit, piano by Juan Barallobres and produced by Lucas Avellina. This song is about the importance of appreciating and loving life, even when the day or the time you’re in is hard. It’s a folk type song that starts out small, but widens out to take in the change we are now facing - a whole new ordering of things - social injustice, the financial system, and the state of our planet.
Rise up' is about walking the line between hope and despair for our planet. It is a story-song written about a person who has everything, but who struggles to enjoy happiness knowing how much suffering there is in the world. Ultimately the song represents the journey that anyone of conscience must make on a planet in turmoil, asking ‘how can I feel happy, when others are not free’. But the song still holds hope, as ‘love finds a way through the dark nights’, finally saying ‘you must be the change you seek, you must cease the war in you’.
World Made of Sand' is an unusual hybrid with Hulgo, Juan and Heather, working on a Latin song composed by Hulgo, then worked on by the others in the collaboration. It's an uplifting, upbeat about what feels very much like transition times on our turbulent planet. As the lyrics say 'I see the dark clouds on the horizon, do you see them too, do you see the people running to the light, to the hope, the dreams'. It speaks of 'a world made of sand' and the rising and falling of empires but it is still a hopeful, joyful song.
´The things that matter’ has at its heart the quote by Martin Luther King; ‘the world begins to end the day we are silent about the things that matter’. As the song then goes on to say, ‘our hearts can only mend, the day that we speak up about the things that matter’. It is ‘a call to arms’ for social justice and transformation on our planet, and a sorrowful lament for all the victims of injustice. The song was first created by Heather with space in the verses for Marshall and Juan to produce.
‘Planet forgive us’ is a song asking forgiveness from the earth, for all the beauty we’ve destroyed. We can’t pretend we don’t know what we are doing to our world, and as the song says, ‘we’re Midas, choking everything we touch with fool’s gold’. It expresses the sorrow of understanding that the earth would be ‘Eden’ once more, without our actions. ‘Our dear small pale blue dot’ refers to what the astronauts described when they saw the earth from space. The song asks ‘will we learn to change, to grow, clean up the mess we’ve made?
A Better World’ is written with hope and gratitude for the world we have, and also for the potential we have to make a better world. As the lyrics say; ‘Thank you for all that is good, for the hope, that we can build a better world’. The song asks questions as our planet suffers from our actions, asking ‘is there another earth we can escape to?’ The poetic spoken-word part of the song refers to the ‘world between worlds’, where pain and suffering can be transmuted to love and transformation, through courage, gratitude and hope.
A new creation’ is a song full of hope and love for the earth. It carries a profound faith in the possibility of transformation. Though the world is going through some tough times at the moment, we have a conviction that ‘out of the old comes the new’. Beyond our sorrow for the mess we’ve made of our beautiful planet, there is still time to transform to a new earth, ‘ a new creation’.
Close your eyes, can you feel the warmth under your feet? Can't you hear the heart of the earth beating into you? There's an energy that's surrounding you, you're a part of the Universe. And if you find the way to see through the mystery of the Creation, the treasure must come to you.
This song is about hope for earth, many things have happened and many are still going to happen but earth depends on our hope as humanity to thrive.
This song is a response to the feeling of turmoil in the world. It is reflecting something so many people on earth are feeling right now; that we are on a rollercoaster of emotions, thoughts, and new and collapsing realities. It comes from the feeling that we must hold on tight and as the lyrics say; ‘Stand together so we don’t fall down’. It’s a bouncy song, like a wild ride, but it has a positive message of resilience and recovery. It’s an ode to survival, and to the human spirit of courage to overcome all things if we only work together.
This is a love song for life on earth. As the lyrics say; ‘We’re bound together like a thousand prayers’. It reminds us that love is the one truth and that we will find ‘ways to survive.’ The song was written when thinking about how we cannot change systems with the approaches that produced them, and about how this time is particularly challenging. The song proposes that if we all feel love for every element of life, from the beauty of nature, to our own sorrows and joys, for our diversity of people, it will ‘tune us up’ to be more holistic.
The song “Our world is blue” is a declaration of love to our blue planet. It describes the beauty of our world in wonderful colorful pictures and is nevertheless critical. This song should remind people of the unique but fragile beauty of our world and: The worlds impermanence. We´ll lose our blue planet, our only home, if we will not immediately begin to stop the environmental pollution and the climate change. The song was recorded with 15 musicians from all over the world. “Our world is blue, we never get another”
This song is about love and death, and hope and fear. It’s about that space in between this life and the next. It’s a deep journey that represents the universal human experience of living with death and uncertain life, but with love as the force that gives us all coherence. The meaning in the song is heightened even more at this time with the global lockdown happening, and it aims to be a balm and a challenge to the spirit. As the lyrics say ‘Can you hear, can you feel, the coming of eternity, we must face it, face it, with love or fear’.
A few years ago, Juan Barallobres was visiting Isla Maciel, a poor area in Buenos Aires. As he walked around, he saw a group of women working, taking heavy sand from the river to clean and sell to local builders. Juan recorded the sounds they were making with their hands. This affected him greatly and gave him the inspiration for the song. “Hands to heal” talks about women’s work, their struggle, and their energy worldwide. It’s a song about the way women tirelessly work to transform the hard things in their lives, to make them better.
This Record talks about sheds some light on a few reasons why the world is mostly under turmoil, it is mostly aspired by the way we behave, but hope is always at our finger tips since all we need to do is change for the better and every little thing is going to be alright.
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