"Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive"
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
There can never be enough chants, prayers, songs,symphonies, poems, hopes and dreams for peace. I am one of the millions who believes every little bit of positive thought towards peace helps.
With all of the turmoil in our world I decided to re-record Chant For Peace changing the arrangement and instrumentation. At the out set, I asked hip hop artist Billy Dean Thomas and Chilean singer song writer Nano Stern to contribute their own lyric and vocal line. I remain exceedingly moved by their heart felt performances. In addition, I would like to thank Billy Dean Thomas for her video concept.
There are now several organizations run by people who are dedicating their lives to peace. Below are two of these organizations you may not be aware of. If you are so moved please donate any amount to these noble programs or some others of your choice.
Nano Stern's lyrics - English Translation:
A chant for peace
that silences so much cruelty
that sheds light on every town
and turns bitter into sweet
Let it distinguish no colors
this chant for peace...
May it be strong and able
to heal so much pain.
History of the Song:
I wrote Chant For Peace in the early 90's. It originally appeared on a CD entitled Ufonia. The marvelous singer Sanghamitra Chatterjee sang the lyric Peace For our Children Now in Hindi on that recording. The extraordinary drumming and musical contribution by Ufonia's hand drum virtuoso John Marshall was essential to the song.
Guitars used on this Video:
Jeff Traugott 8 string; Fender Jazz Bass and Fender Stratocaster
All Strings and Tuners: D'Addario
Peace, Love and Guitars