Haven’t ever done a CD like this before. All resistance, protest and finally some hope songs. For those of you who are interested, I thought that you might like to know about the individual cuts, the lyrics, and the folks who helped make this statement.
The players who contributed to this CD are:
Acoustic Guitars, Lead Vocals: James Lee Stanley
Electric Guitars: Paul Barrere, Larry Carlton, Laurence Juber, Marc McClure, Rick Ruskin
Keyboards: Jim Ehinger, John Jarvis, Dennis Holseybrook, James Lee Stanley
Bass: Ken Lyon, Chad Watson, James Lee Stanley
Drums and Percussion: Scott Breadman, Joe Pusateri, Washington Tahr, James Lee Stanley
Sax: Rob Kyle
Banjo: Peter Tork
Background vocals: Rita Coolidge, Joann Harris, Pamala Stanley, Lisa Turner, Stephen Bishop, Don Dunn, Dirk Hamilton, Doug Heywood, James Hurley, Eric Lowen, Dan Navarro, Jim Photoglo, Joe Rathburn, Jeremy Saje, Peter Tork, and James Lee Stanley
The World We Left Behind (2005) was written in the days after Katrina, when the appointed president couldn’t put together an emergency response team or plan. I was enraged, as I felt if this were Beverly Hills, it would have been fixed in a day.
Welcome to the New World (1988) (Original Title Welcome to the Greenhouse) is a song of frustration resulting from everyone knowing what’s wrong and everyone ignoring it. Who do you tell if everyone knows?
The Covenant (1991) inspired by the idea that if you see something and you do nothing, you say nothing, then you are complicit. We cannot turn away from injustice and expect it to just go away. “the children are afraid that their world has been betrayed in the covenant that’s made by the silence.”
Political Party (1995) was written by my pal Larry Good and simply points out the treason inherit in putting party before country, party before decency, party before the constitution.
The Jackal (1986) is a song written from the point of view of a terrorist who has no other platform to air his grievance other than violence. We must take responsibility for this as well. The powerless and the voiceless can only resort to violence.
Do It In His Name (2015) was inspired by the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same sex marriage licenses and used her religion to explain her bigotry, ignorance and intolerance. Delusional mythology is its own curse but it impacts all of us.
Easy To See (2016) inspired by the constant lying of the 45th president, a person put in place by manipulation of a foreign power, gerrymandering and voter suppression. Shame on us all. Eschew obfuscation?
Everybody Knows (1994) written because everybody DOES know, they just pretend they don’t, or look away, or deny it.
Open Your Eyes (1995) inspired by all that goes on in our world, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is all on all of us. We either wake and get active or we bury our heads in the sand and wait until our bodies follow.
Change (2005) was inspired by the political situation of this decade. I feel it is so obvious how to treat each other, how to be on this planet together, how to live, but evidently I am even more naïve than my detractors would have you believe.
Once Touched By Flame (1992) reminds us that once we know and acknowledge the truth of a situation, experience or epiphany we cannot ever go back to the way we were. No matter how much we deny it, we are changed.
What Would You Do (2013) inspired by the idea that protest songs are only listened to or have impact on folks that already agree with them, so I wanted to write a song that pointed no fingers, placed no blame, just asked the question, “what would you do” and let everyone come up with their own answer.
All songs by James Lee Stanley except where noted and all songs published by James Lee Stanley Music, BMI or The Real James Lee Stanley Music, SESAC