**An inspiring collaboration of 15 singers and musicians resulting in a contemplative, uplifting piece that encourages self reflection and raises hope for a more peaceful world.**
***Akademia Award Winner for best song in the Gospel/R&B category in July 2015!***
I wrote this song during the most profound, adventurous journey I have ever been on in my life while in the jungles of Peru. I was with a group of 20 people, including my wife and several close friends, for the purpose of venturing deep into a meditative space seeking healing and insights. For almost 2 weeks, we were well taken care of by a local Peruvian staff who were some of the most caring and friendly people I have ever met. This trip was not about sight-seeing or activities, it was a time for us to simply be, meditate, rest and allow ourselves to unfold. Every other day our group would come together for sacred ceremonies filled with beautiful music and meditation. The days in between, we spent the majority of our time alone in silence.
What a gift it was to have all this time to read, reflect and write. The book I chose to read during this time was This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes. It resonated with me deeply, giving me insights into the power we all have within us to create our own reality. It drove home the message of how empowering our choices are when we make them consciously and with intention. I connected deep within myself and realized the answers were there. The most powerful choices we can all make in our lives that will help create a better world are to choose love, peace and joy moment by moment. I was an open vessel, ready to let my creativity flow. Poetry began pouring out of my heart onto the pages of my journal.
Once the words appeared, I knew I had to make it into a song. I wrote the music in a pop/contemporary style with the goal to uplift and inspire as many people as possible. I then developed a vision to gather many amazing singers and musicians together to create an epic “We Are the World” type of song and tell a story of self-discovery that starts from within and brings our collective consciousness together, inspiring peace and love around the world.
Of course, creating a song such as this was going to require some patience. In January of 2014, the stars were finally aligned to make my dream of the full song a reality. I met with my good friend, Andres “Pookie” Jamerson at his studio, The Analog Vibe, and we devised a plan to produce the song together. We reached out to the extraordinary talent within our community and over the next several months, 15 of the most amazing singers and musicians answered my call to collaborate and help create the recording of “Choose Love” the way I envisioned.
Choose Love has always felt bigger than myself. I want it to be more than a song, to be part of something bigger… a movement. We have great hopes and plans for the next phase. We are looking into options to create a music video, align with a charity or foundation, and ideas for a vehicle of greater proportions to help spread the message of CHOOSE LOVE around the world!
I wake up in the morning to sadness, ‘Cause the world keeps spinning in madness.
Greed and fear are rampant, can’t stand it, It’s not working anymore.
Where’s the good, why so much confusion? We just need to drop the illusion.
Our planet can’t take more pollution, Oh, what can one man do?
So there’s a voice within, I know has always been, It tells me there’s a way
You gotta look inside, and let old patterns die, Let your new light shine today!
CHOOSE LOVE, CHOOSE PEACE, CHOOSE JOY, LET GO RELEASE
ONE HEART, ONE VOICE, ONE LIGHT……………OUR SPIRIT IS FREE!
On the earth we’re a part of a system, Plants and trees and all the species within them.
We are free when we can learn not to hurt them, Their home is our home too.
If we share what we have with each other, There’ll be lots of food for sisters and brothers.
Love yourself as well as one another, This world we can create!
Within our hearts there is creative expression, It comes from spirit and a little intention.
It’s the voice that feeds our deepest connection, These gifts are ours to share!
Faith is ours to use if we listen, What we do with it will be our decision.
Cultivate, create, there’s no limitation, It’s done as you believe!
…….OUR SPIRIT IS FREE!…….OUR SPIRIT IS FREE!…….OUR SPIRIT IS FREE!
released April 13, 2015
Music & Lyrics by: Jeremy Weinglass
Produced by: Andres “Pookie" Jamerson & Jeremy Weinglass
Recorded and Mixed by Andres “Pookie" Jamerson @ The Analog Vibe
Mastering by: Victor Garcia @ Bender Post
Management: Weinglass Music
Cover Art: Mikey Sabatella
***Performers (in order of appearance)***
Jeremy Weinglass: piano / synth pads
Kiyoshi Shelton: spoken word
Dan Rockett: vocals / guitar
Leah Zeger: violin
Lesa Bergeaud: vocals
Andres "Pookie" Jamerson: bass / drums / percussion
Erin Carere: vocals
Franck Bensoussan: vocals
Krista Richards: vocals
Sophie Ilys: vocals
Dave Crocco: vocals / guitar
Cela Scott: vocals
Kim Manning: vocals
John Halcyon Styn: spoken word
Natalie Wilde: vocals
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