Good evening! Here is the 4th and final Preview Lyric Video for the song ‘Back to Earth’ from my forthcoming solo album ‘Liftoff’. This video is dedicated to the spirit of our US holiday yesterday that celebrates the brotherhood that once developed between the Native American Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the first Europeans to settle in what was to become the United States. After pining for idyllic off world destinations, longing for a moment of respite from earthly problems and our relationship with technology with the last three songs this track addresses stepping back and appreciating what a gift this beautiful blue and green marble floating in space which we call home truly is. The video is a tribute to all native peoples who once believed in living in harmony with nature and opens with a quote from the Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier, and features the late Russell Means’ opening address to the US Congress in 1989 where he humbly calls the US Senators he was asking to honor Native American rights his ‘relatives’ in 1989. If you’re ever in the mood to see a vastly intelligent and caring soul appealing to the hardened heart’s of the powerful elite then check out ‘Russell Means addresses Congress’ on YouTube. It is truly powerful to witness. This song also features the beautiful voices of UK artists Emily Lynn and Lara Smiles on background vocals. Thank you both for making this track shine! I hope you enjoy the song and video,
Inevitably, due to the continued uncertainty caused by the current pandemic the decision has been taken to postpone the DRN co-headline tour with Reckless Love and other European headline shows scheduled for 2021. Please see the attached photo's for all new tour dates.
It's not a decision that's been taken lightly as the band are eager to get back on the road, however it is still paramount to ensure the safety of all those planning to attend, once the world opens up again DRN will be primed and ready to get back to celebrating music and good times!
Dan Reed will be following up this post in the next few days with more information.
Happy Friday to all! Here is the next preview track and lyric video I created for ‘Shed My Skin’ from my forthcoming Solo Album ‘Liftoff’. A big thank you to all those who have shared the previous two videos, all the positive comments, and pre-orders of the new music and merch! Please read below to learn more about the creation of the song and intention of the video 🙂 CDs, Downloads, and ‘Liftoff’ T-Shirts Available for Pre-Order now, items ship on December 4th, 2020, and will arrive in time for Christmas. Pre-Order Link - danreed.tmstor.es/ Music by Richard Hilton and Dan Reed. Lyrics by Dan Reed Mastered by - Ian Kelosky Thank you to Dan Pred for additional images for the video! The music for ‘Shed My Skin’ started off as an instrumental composition written, produced and performed by Richard Hilton, keyboardist and music director for CHIC, who Dan worked with on DRN’s ‘SLAM’ in 1989 while working with Nile Rodgers in New York, and who he has remained friends with ever since. Reed loved the vibe of the track then developed it further with additional chordal structures, adding electric and acoustic guitars, arranging the composition, and finally composing lyrics. Reed explains - “The song addresses the idea of how imperative it can be to redefine, reinvent, or adapt oneself to what life throws in our path, or often times the barriers we ourselves put in front of us. The lyric video is all about the human race’s current fascination
Here’s the next preview track and lyric video ‘Spaceship Built For Two’ from my forthcoming album ‘LIFTOFF’. This video is entirely made from beautiful images of Hong Kong, and is in honor of the freedom fighters in HK who are currently losing the battle for the promised ‘Two Systems, One Government’ policy. ‘Spaceship Built For Two’ features the amazing UK vocalists ‘Emily Lynn’ and ‘Lara Smiles’ on Backing Vocals and is a song I composed about how some days when seeing the world tearing itself apart over conspiracies and differing political opinions how nice it would be able to pack up and depart for a new world for just a day to regroup and find perspective. The lyric video I created is in honor of those fighting to keep democracy alive in Hong Kong but are losing the battle against the Beijing government. Just this week the last fifteen pro democracy politicians in the Hong Kong government resigned in protest for their colleagues being fired without going through the courts. In my world travels one of the most favourite memories I have is the two weeks I spent in this beautiful city on my way to India my second time in 2003. It’s tragic to see this once vibrant bastion of creativity, commerce and liberty being crushed by those who fear independent thinking, and so I start and end the video with quotes from ‘Joshua Wong’, the then teenager who ignited the umbrella protests a few years back, when all
My many thanks to the outpouring of support since announcing on Wednesday the news of my new solo album being released! As promised here is the title track from ‘LIFTOFF’, a song I wrote with the extremely talented bassist and brother Bengt Jonasson when he visited us in Prague last year to do some writing together. This track, much like the entire album, addresses my frustrations with the human race’s adversity to embracing truth and wisdom during these divisive times. Is there a deeper tempering going on through all the noise of these challenging times? My answer, whether naive or not, is a resounding ‘yes’... but in truth only time will tell. I’ve heard it said that those who wish to see positive change must be fashioned from patience... that societal change, and even change of heart, can be a massive slow turning ship... that the change we pine for may not even happen in our lifetimes. In an era of instant gratification it’s easy to become jaded witnessing the world repeat the same mistakes, but in reality there is more love and compassion in the world than hatred and fear. There always has been or we wouldn’t even be here. These songs are reminders to myself that it’s best to find the big answers to life close to home, with friends and family... unplugging from the chaos and instead connecting with the calm. This last year has proven this to be true more than any other time in my
Here’s the latest Lyric Video from Brion James, and my personal favorite from his new album... the title track ‘Heal’. This song resonated deeply when Brion first played it for me a year or so back, but during these most challenging days here on planet earth ‘Heal’ hits on a whole other sublime level for me. I can only hope this song gives you some of those same feelings of comfort and solace.
Please share the clip if you enjoy the track and below is the ‘Order Link’ for CDs and all digital streaming services. There is also a Link for anyone interested in picking up a Signed Copy of the CD. After last weeks posting we now have only 4 personally autographed CDs left in stock. Thank you to all those who picked up a signed copy, and we thank everyone for spreading the word about Mr. James’ new music 🙂
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Love and Gratitude to everyone for the continued support for Brion James’ new album ‘Heal’. Here’s the next lyric video for yet another beautiful love song entitled ‘Falling For You’, shot in Sweden.
We hope all our Patrons at the ‘Stardate Collective’ have received their copies by now and are enjoying this collection of songs!
Please share the clip if you are feeling the vibe Mr. James is putting down, and below is the ‘Order Link’ for CDs and all digital streaming services. There is also a Link for anyone interested in picking up a Signed Copy of the CD. After last weeks posting we now have 13 personally autographed CDs left in stock. Thank you to all those who picked up a signed copy!
A new lyric video for the title track ‘Heal’ will be coming your way next week, so stay tuned and to all an inspiring day.
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Mr. Brion James’ new album ‘Heal’ keeps getting such positive reviews that we decided to put together some videos for a few of our favorite tracks. This clip is for ‘You Are The One’! Stay tuned for more videos throughout October! Below is the ‘Order Link’ for both CDs and all digital streaming services, and another Link for anyone interested in picking up a Signed Copy of the CD. We have only 25 personally autographed CDs so first come first serve!
Thank you for supporting Brion’s album and hope you are enjoying the music as much as we are.
Wishing everyone a great Sunday evening!
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Big shout out of gratitude to all those who have ordered Brion James’ New Album ‘Heal’ and all the positive comments! It’s simply great to see his wonderful music receiving so much support. Wishing everyone here a great Sunday with your loved ones, and if you wish to hear samples of Brion’s new record, or to order the CD please visit - brionjames.tmstor.es/
His album is “easy like a Sunday morning” 🙂