Yes… so i had bought this african drum. i had always wanted a real african drum. Not an american made african drum but a real authentic made in africa one. and i finaly bought one… i was so excited that for a very short time i played it all the time… but my fellow travellers on the bus didn’t much like that… which they didnt have too hard of a time communicating to me… i believe it was baby kaye who said something to the effect of “uh Ed, pardon me, but when youre sleeping we are cognizant of it and we try to be quiet… get it?” And i was like “So you dont want me to play my drum on the bus?” “Exactly.” So they made me a new quieter one.
This is why the whole world is banding together to help build Africa up.
Well truth is, i pretty much YouTube anywhere and everywhere…. ok so i haven’t YouTubed on the toilet yet…. YET… but now that i think about it…. that could be a first…
Ed Hale just returned from a two week homebuilding trip in Ghana in West Africa with Habitat for Humanity. He also had the opportunity to visit the so-called slave dungeons on the coast towards the end of the trip. Above is a photo from that portion of the trip. Hale commented, “Yes they looked like this. yes they smelled. yes it is every bit as awful as one imagines. It’s the soul’s darkness. We are f**king animals. I am ashamed and horrified.” Luckily Hale also created a ten episode Transcendent Television series of video shorts which can be viewed below.
Dear Students, Friends and Readers:
I have started a series of updates to publicize those of my diligent students who are working in their art and who actually have contributed to society in the form of a CD recording or performances that bring joy and entertainment to others. I am very pleased to announce that I now working with Ed Hale of the band Transcendence. As many know, Ed Hale & Transcendence are known worldwide.
Even though I have had hundreds of students who will use their voice singing rock, Ed didn’t seem to fit the part. He seemed too developed a being to be a rocker. Then he gave me a copy of his CD, Rise and Shine. I listened to it very carefully and I was flabbergasted. Even though the songs are played in rock style, I could actually hear what he was singing about. It wasn’t just a confusion of noise mixed with rhythm to which the voice was an accompaniment. I fell in love with that CD.
Most rock-and-rollers have no imagination in playing rock. Since most only know three chords and play them infernally loud, the voice becomes a blur; and all this is loved by the nightclub owners, because with the people driven crazy they will buy more and more booze. Ed’s music is not that kind of confusion. You can actually sit down and listen to it with pleasure. Every song is distinct in melodic content. I call it a Concert Rock Band. The band has recorded I believe, seven CDs. You can buy them in stores or order them from CDBaby.com or Amazon.com.
Here’s what Ed Hale had to say about our classes: “Working and studying with Gil Magno is working/connecting with an aligned soul, no pretense, no compromise. He is connected to all highest ideals of man and this comes across in his teaching so you walk away from a lesson with him feeling as though you have come in contact with the highest and best in you. It is pure inspiration that lasts for many days after the lesson ends.”
[Marcus Pan, Legends Magazine]
“The musical group known as Transcendence is a tight-knit collective of some of the most notable musicians from the Miami and New York music scenes who first came together in 2000. The band is known for their reverence for melody, and an often eclectic and sometimes unnerving yet enticing tendency toward stylistic changes. “Smoothing across genres like a skater on ice, Ed Hale and company show amazing songwriting skills throughout Rise and Shine. They have just released a debut on TMG Records that is one I cannot listen to less than twice a week… Fusing such styles as brit-pop, Brazilian, rock, new wave, and classical – among others – Transcendence create a wild array of songs but somehow hold them together with left-field bite.â€http://www.transcendence.com
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