R(AMP)ing it up at The Gladstone

R(AMP)ing it up at The Gladstone

Back in the 60’s famous promoter Bill Graham witnessed a happening in San Francisco. This was the birth of the hippie movement. Ed Sullivan helped a movement called Beatlemania in 1964. In 1985 Live Aid ushered in the global movement by broadcasting two shows simultaneously around the world to over 1.5 billion people. Music has always evolved into new shapes and sounds and purposes. At the Gladstone Hotel, I was a witness to a new happening.

There is a book going on the market called, “The Awesome Music Project, songs of hope and happiness.” This book is the brain child of two men, Robert Carli and Terry Stuart. In a nutshell, this book is a  Pandora’s Box that will open up a new chapter in music, as we explore the spiritual side of music and how it can heal the soul. This book covers experiences that everyone has with music. There is no formula or magic chord that makes this work. It is a universal constant that shows up in everybody in its own unique way.

Everyone has that song that truly speaks to them. It may not work for the person standing next to you, because most likely, they have their own personal song that resonates within them. The actual song itself is not too important. What is important is the experience one receives from that song. It may not make you happy, in probably goes a lot deeper and engrains itself to who you are and what truly matters in your life. It may make you weep for the pain you may carry; it may create melancholy for the sadness you have buried deep within you. What matters is the song can connect with you and that it could give you spiritual strength, guidance, or comfort that no one else can give you. These intimate songs become the soundtrack to your being.

With all that said, this book is a tool for science. Music is about to embark on a quest to seek knowledge to why music changes who we are. They are going to unravel scientific codes that physically change who we are and why that is happening to us. It was explained at this happening that people who suffer from depression are prescribed pills to help them. This is good, but is it the only way to live. This book will challenge conventional ways of thinking. One day we may need musicians as much as we need doctors in our life. I can honestly say, I firmly believe in this. I have hugged and cried with complete strangers at a concert. This to me is proof that music works. When humanity can share their energy with others through this medium, we are always on the road to recovery through the power of music. The future research that is beginning to launch is also geared towards people with mental challenges. Through the correct way of using music we will be able to connect and elevate the quality of someone’s experience in their life.

Now onto AMP’s event: it was simple, heartfelt, and the stories told resonated with everyone in the room. There were speakers telling their most personal stories of what their song meant to them. Every story had it own unique quality that could bridge the gap between them and a roomful of strangers, soon to be friends. The real treat was seeing the actual musicians show up on stage and sing that song for us. I am sure the speakers were thrilled about this moment for them, but it was just as thrilling knowing it was being shared for everyone in the room. This seemed to really fulfill the purpose of this occasion.

I won’t bore you with the stories of the evening because you will just have to buy this book and read them for yourself. After all the speakers and musicians were done, people stuck around to talk to other in the room about this new beginning and they wanted to share their personal musical stories. The speakers were happy to have their 15 minutes of fame and they were swarmed by people who just wanted to learn more about them. They were signing the Awesome Music book for people who bought them that night. I walked around looking for speakers to sign my book. I am terrible with names so I asked them what page was theirs. I got signatures from page 53, page 69 and page 158 as well as a few others. It was beautiful to see so many strangers simply chatting with each other and sharing their musical stories. I was talking with a military fellow about the song, “Hallelujah”. Of course we all know the Leonard Cohen classic, and that KD Lang does an unbelievable version of it. The gentleman said he loved the Rufus Wainwright version. I never knew that, so when I got home I You Tubed it and saw a third excellent version. This is how movements get started and now we seem to have the first manual to read and not only to enrich our lives with it, but cultivate this generosity to others. I have always been this way towards others when it comes to sharing musical experiences, but this book will motivate others to do the same in the world. Simply put this book will be an Awakening.

The proceeds of this book will be donated to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

To get your copy of this book simply go to … https://www.theawesomemusicproject.com

This is great for you, but even better for someone you share musical experiences with… and Christmas is coming…Wink Wink.

Here are a few images from the event:

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