Jackson Browne First Artist Ever to Receive Gandhi Peace Award

Congratulations to Jackson Browne in becoming the first artist to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. Promoting Enduring Peace announced that the award will be accepted by singer-songwriter Jackson Browne on Friday, September 14, 2018, at a ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the United Church on the Green at 270 Temple Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

I am invited to attend this event and look forward to witnessing Jackson Browne receive this honor in person. Jackson Browne’s activism and commitment to peace have been his lifelong mission.

I  joined Promoting Enduring Peace because I truly believe in Gandhi and non-violence. Ralph Nader is both a past recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award and an active member of this essential group.

If you are interested in “Peace on Earth, Peace with Earth” I recommend that you subscribe to Peace News.

Here is the press release.

New Haven, CT —  Promoting Enduring Peace announces that the 2018 Gandhi Peace Award will be accepted by singer-songwriter Jackson Browne on Friday September 14, 2018 at a ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the United Church on the Green at 270 Temple Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Seating is limited for the event. 

Browne is the first artist ever to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. He is being honored for extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of world peace, environmental harmony, and social justice. The Award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from peace bronze composed of metals salvaged from the control systems of U.S. nuclear missiles. The Award Ceremony will feature short musical tributes by local performers, an appeal for action on the local and planetary levels, and the presentation of the Award itself. Consistent with tradition, Browne has been invited “to present a message of challenge and hope” to those present. A reception follows.

The Gandhi Peace Award, named after Indian anti-imperialist and nonviolence advocate Mohandas Gandhi, derives its international renown from those who have accepted it over the years, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960. Among the other 53 awardees are Linus Pauling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Norman Thomas, William Sloane Coffin, Benjamin Spock, Wayne Morse, U Thant, Dorothy Day, Daniel Ellsberg, Kay Camp, César Chávez, Marian Wright Edelman, and George McGovern. Since 2011 the Award has been accepted by Arik Ascherman (Rabbis for Human Rights), Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), Bill McKibben (350.org), Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Omar Barghouti (BDS), and Ralph Nader (Public Citizen).

Jackson Browne has composed and performed songs widely regarded as among the most literate and moving songs in popular music, defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. Inducted in 2004 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has three albums counted among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time. 

Browne has organized or participated in thousands of benefit performances to support the environment, social justice, and human rights as well as causes such as music and arts education in public schools, and has worked with two former Gandhi Peace Award recipients, Amnesty International (1978) and the Children’s Defense Fund (1990). He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully joined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.” 

Several of his albums, such as Lives in the Balance, World in Motion, Looking East, andStanding in the Breach, directly challenge imperialist foreign policy, environmental short-sightedness, and corporate greed, and question the sustainability of the present civilization. The title track of Lives in the Balance calls out the “shadow on the faces / Of the men who send the guns / Of the wars that are fought in places / Where their business interest runs” in civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. 

In response to the Three Mile Island nuclear near-catastrophe in 1979, Browne co-founded the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and in more recent years, Nukefree.org. During the 1980s he was active in the Central America solidarity movement, co-organizing concerts in Nicaragua, Cuba, and elsewhere.  Lately he has turned his attention to the seas as a member of the advocacy group Ocean Elders

Last December Browne released “The Dreamer” a song that considers the situation of those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Reservations are recommended for the September 14th ceremony honoring Jackson Browne with the 2018 Gandhi Peace Award and can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gandhi-peace-award-2018-tickets-48315261247

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The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrants and Refugee

Music continues to fight to defeat social injustice.

The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrants and Refugees

The Lantern Tour brings together art and advocacy to stand with families seeking safety at the U.S. border and the nightmare that has become their existence. From separating families to detaining them to making it harder for people to claim asylum, migrant and refugee families – including children – are under attack by the Trump administration. The Women’s Refugee Commission is at the front lines – at the border and in detention centers – to protect the rights and lives of women and children fleeing danger and crisis. The concerts will feature an evening of acoustic music by legends in the music industry that will allow us all to unite our voices in song and solidarity. Proceeds will help the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Nashville and New York tickets go on sale this Thursday July 26th
D.C., Collingswood, and Boston tickets go on sale this Friday, July 27th

The musicians appearing will vary at each show on the tour.

 

Jackson Browne – The Dreamer (Featuring Los Cenzontles)

The Music Of Our Heart stands united with the Dreamers.

Only desires that whisper to the heart

The song, “The Dreamer,” examines the subject of Dreamers, those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was created by executive order in 2012 by the President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced it will end DACA, which affects as many as 800,000 people living in the United States, and gave Congress the mandate to pass legislation on the issue by March 5, 2018.

Written by Jackson Browne and Eugene Rodriguez. Performed by Jackson Browne, Los Cenzontles and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos).

Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt Announce Benefit Concert At Standing Rock

To Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, seven miles from Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, November 4, 2016: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael, and Bad Dog will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line and the Standing Rockcommunity. The concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND. Turtle Island Storyteller and founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, and others to be announced, will speak at the concert. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday at 10 AM Central Time.

Purchase Tickets Here

All gross proceeds from the concert will benefit the Oceti Sakowin Camp. The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt.

“We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!” says Ladonna. Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

For more information, and to donate, please visit www.standingrock.org

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The Birds of St. Marks – Jackson Browne

There is something hauntingly romantic about the Jackson Browne song, “The Birds of St. Marks”.

“This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved the Byrds. She even said on a couple of occasions, ‘Oh, you can play something like Jim McGuinn?’”

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“The Birds of St. Marks” was originally written in 1967 when Jackson Browne was 18 and returning home to California after a brief stint living in New York where he was recording with Nico. A time of innocence and lost love. A time of youth.

Nico: Chelsea Girl

Three of Jackson Browne’s first songs were recorded on Nico’s solo album. He played electric guitar on her recording as suggested by Andy Warhol to create a modern sound.

  • These Days
  • Fairest of the Seasons
  • Somewhere There’s A Feather

St. Marks Place Landmarks – East Village, New York City

St. Marks Place was a vibrant community in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s still a happening scene today.

#13 – Home to Lenny Bruce in the mid-1960s.[14]

#19-#25 – The Dom, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey turned The Dom into a nightclub in 1966, which served as a showcase for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol’s multimedia stage show for the Velvet Underground.

#19-#25 – Became The Electric Circus. Billy Joel filmed his video, “A Matter of Trust” (1986) inside The Electric Circus.

131 Second Avenue (corner St. Marks Place), Gem Spa – Home of the Egg Cream 😉

#96 & #98 – The Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti features a front and back cover design that depicts these two buildings, which feature carved faces. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are in front of same building in the Rolling Stones music video “Waiting on a Friend“.[14]

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American Shakespeare Theater – Stratford, CT

The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Ct. holds a unique space inside the MusicOfOurHeart. We saw wonderful plays and concerts there. I hope the theatre gets its well deserved renovation.

I read this week that the town of Stratford has selected a plan by the Stratford Stage Group which involves renovating the theater and building an inn on the site.

I drove around the theatre yesterday and discovered there will be a program by the Shakespeare Company this summer which will feature Twelfth Night and Henry V. 

I reflected on the times in the past I had seen plays and concerts in this beautiful theatre.

Plays Seen

My appreciation for Shakespeare like many others commenced in high school English. We studied in 10th and 11th grades, As You Like It (1967) and Macbeth (1968). I saw both plays in the Spring at the American Shakespeare Theatre during my high school days. I remember having lunch outside on the grounds at the picnic tables.

Othello – 1981

Othello starred James Earl Jones as Othello , Christopher Plummer as Iago and Kelsey Grammer as Michael Casio. The play premiered in Stratford before opening on Broadway.

Concerts Witnessed

1) MT. Airy (Tom Chapin) and Harry Chapin – 1/25/74

This was the first of eight Harry Chapin concerts we attended. We loved Harry Chapin. I was fortunate to meet him, interview him twice. I saw him record the album Verities and Balderdash at Paul Leka’s studio in Bridgeport in 1974.

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Harry

2) Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt – 3/2/74

This was the first of three times we saw Jackson Browne and the only time we ever saw Linda Ronstadt perform. I recall her performance bathed in a red light with the Stone Ponies.

Jackson Browne did a stunning version of “Song For Adam” on the piano with a solitary candle burning on the piano top.

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3) New Riders of the Purple Sage

We saw NRPS four times. This was the third concert where they were the only act to perform.

We first saw them with Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar in 1970 at the Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY. They were the opening act for The Grateful Dead that night.

4/7/74 – American Shakespeare Theater – Stratford, CT

First Set: Panama Red / Lonesome LA Cowboy /Austin, Texas / She’s No Angel / One Too Many Stories / LA Lady / Henry / Sunday Susie / Teardrops In My Eyes / Sutter’s Mill / Neon Rose / Tico Tico / Parson Brown / Sweet Lovin’ One / You Should Have Seen Me Runnin’ / Dead Flowers / Truck Drivin’ Man

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Second Set: I Don’t Know You / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) / Portland Woman / Devil Doll / Lochinvar

Buddy Cage on Pedal Steel Guitar

Dave Nelson on Rhythm Guitar

NRPS 

John “Marmaduke” Nelson on Lead Guitar and Vocals

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Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach

Standing In The Breach, Jackson Browne‘s 14th studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life. The album will be released in the United States on October 7th.

Jackson Browne Tribute Album

Jackson Browne is a remarkable singer/songwriter. I innately identify with Jackson Browne’s expression of male pathos.

I discovered him in 1972 when Asylum Records released his first solo album,  Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)I own one of the the initial pressings of the vinyl LP with a textured cover that had a burlap-like feel to further the water bag theme.

I ended up acquiring a slew of Jackson Browne’s subsequent recordings. They have provided many hours of solace in the music of our heart.

I am heartened to discover that Jackson Browne will be honored with his first ever tribute album, “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne”. It is fitting that Kelcy Warren’s Music Road Records of Austin, Texas brings this star-filled two disc recording to market. Austin is the Music Capital of the World. Jackson Browne’s canon serves as bedrock foundation for Austin’s version of the American Songbook. The tribute album has a strong representation of Austin residents (past and present), Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Bob Schneider, Kevin Welch, Eliza Gilkyson and Jimmy LaFave.

Couple the Austin crowd with such luminary fans/friends as Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen and Pattie Scialfa, Bonnie Raitt with David Lindley and Ben Harper you have a standout recording.

The cover photograph features the piano where Jackson Browne learned to play as a child.

Look for this recording becoming available on April 1, 2014.

Disc One
1. “These Days,” Don Henley with Blind Pilot
2. “Everywhere I Go,” Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley
3. “Running on Empty,” Bob Schneider
4. “Fountain of Sorrow,” Indigo Girls
5. “Doctor My Eyes,” Paul Thorn
6. “For Everyman,” Jimmy LaFave
7. “Barricades of Heaven,” Griffin House
8. “Our Lady of the Well,” Lyle Lovett
9. “Jamaica Say You Will,” Ben Harper
10. “Before the Deluge,” Eliza Gilkyson
11. “For a Dancer,” Venice
12. “Looking Into You,” Kevin Welch

Disc Two
1. “Rock Me on the Water,” Keb’ Mo’
2. “The Pretender,” Lucinda Williams
3. “Rosie,” Lyle Lovett
4. “Something Fine,” Karla Bonoff
5. “Too Many Angels,” Marc Cohn feat. Joan As Police Woman
6. “Your Bright Baby Blues,” Sean and Sara Watkins
7. “Linda Paloma,” Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
8. “Call It a Loan,” Shawn Colvin
9. “I’m Alive,” Bruce Hornsby
10. “Late for the Sky,” Joan Osborne
11. “My Opening Farewell,” JD Souther

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Late For The Sky – Jackson Browne

Late For The Sky by Jackson Browne is one of those special albums you can play and soon become lost within for hours on end. The songs are brilliantly written and executed. The perfection of this recording rests with the soul’s “pathos” yearning to be heard and understood.

I discover more about the nature of my existence every time the lyrics reverberate strongly against the music of our heart.

Side One

  1. “Late for the Sky”
  2. “Fountain of Sorrow”
  3. “Farther On”
  4. “The Late Show”

Side Two

  1. “The Road and the Sky”
  2. “For a Dancer”
  3. “Walking Slow”
  4. “Before the Deluge”

 

Occupy This Album Review: Disk 1

I have watched with pride and admiration the evolution of the Occupy This Album projectI got on-board early as a  supporter of Jason Samel’s, Music For Occupy vision. I have written on this blog about the need for a musical outlet for Occupy. Occupy This Album is finally here and you owe it to yourself to plug into the sounds, spirit and activism of the Occupy movement. The avarice and greed of the 1% is imperiling the 99%.

 Which Side Are You On?

Occupy This Album is four discs with 99 tracks by 99 artists for the benefit of the 99%!

I am breaking this monumental recording into four separate reviews to do justice to the musicians united in common cause. My wife and I attended the Occupy This Album launch party at the City Winery in NYC on May 8th. We got to see many of the artists who have contributed to this album. I’ll point them out as this review unfolds over the next four days.

Occupy This Album, Disc 1

Copyright 2012 Music For Occupy, Inc.

1. Something’s Got to Give, Matt Pless

Matt Pless opened the record launch party on May 8th and his energy was infectious. It is also his art that illustrates the Occupy This Album cover. He is a modern-day Bob Dylan if you want my opinion. Great first song to kick it all off.

2. Come On, Come On, Come On, Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has long been an advocate of human rights causes. He contributes an unreleased track with an infectious chorus.

3. Occupation Freedom, George Martinez & The Global Block Collective

We loved seeing George Martinez and the Global Block Collective perform “Occupation Freedom” on stage May 8th. They have a vivacious move your body, engage your mind track going on.

4. People Have The Power (Live In Marseille), Patti Smith

I feel very strongly that Patti Smith’s song of protest, “People Have The Power” should be the theme song for the Occupy movement. This live rendition has an electricity and passion that ignites your sentiment, as you pump your fist in the air at the 1% who are controlling everything.

5. Love Anthem (Only Love), My Pet Dragon

My Pet Dragon performed at the record launch party. They had a legion of fans in attendance and we got caught up in their excitement.

6. The Panic is On, Loudon Wainwright III

The true folkie makes a classic contribution to the Occupy cause.

7. Occulture, Cosmonaut

8. Save Us, Paper Cranes (feat. Rain Phoenix)

9. Smile (Get Up and Sing), Jay Samel

The musician behind Music For Occupy lends his voice to the fray, I am favorably impressed with Jay Samel’s vocal and guitar playing abilities.

10. This Is What America Looks Like, Tenderflex (DJ Logic & David Maurice) feat. Dynasty Electric, Ayler Young and Jay Rodriguez

Spin it and flip it for Occupy.

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11. Big Little Wolfs, Aeroplane Pageant

12. Agent 99, Alex Emanuel

13. Safety In Numbers, Deborah Harry

A unique track for Deborah Harry that is lilting and poignant.

14. Hey, can I Sleep On Your Futon?, Richard Barone

He performed this track for us at the record release party. He is a very capable and forthright artist.

15. Occupy Wall Street “Here Here Here”, Black Dragon

16. White Gold, Ladytron

17. Greed, Gabriel Aldort

18. Against The Machine, Taj Weekes & Adowa

I loved the reggae sound of Taj Weekes & Adowa. They made a strong contribution to the evening and the album.

19. The Young Idealists, Lloyd Cole

20. A Peaceful Solution, Willie Nelson

It wouldn’t be complete without Willie Nelson adding his voice to the cause.