Our new album Walking a Beautiful World is set to release on May 7, 2018 and is already receiving airplay from commercial, college, NPR, and internet stations around the world.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain (1867)
I’ve had the great fortune to recently travel around the world, mostly to places I have never been before. My travels have taken me to Europe, South America, Africa, Asia Pacific, and back home in North America. While the Finland trip was to perform at the Karelian Skies Electronic Music Festival, most of the remaining trips to the far corners of the globe were for a research project to interview individuals from 13 to 55 years old in each location and simply find out what their lives were like and what influences affected their thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors in these diverse locales.
The amazing people who invited me into their homes and shared their hopes, desires, and realities turned my little business trip into a profound spiritual journey filled with deeply emotional wisdom and inspiration, often from those in the most precarious life situations. Everyone’s perspective on their own lives, the richness of their own cultures and communities, and the challenges of their own countries reinforced a universal realization of the common outlook of people across continents, countries, cultures, and classes. This album is a travelogue of my journey and an ode to the common threads that bind us across our different lives and locations.