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1 Giant Leap

 
5 out of 5 stars The World Dreams in Music

The first time I listened to this CD, I listened to “All Alone” obsessively. I became so intoxicated with a feeling of immense completeness as every sadness in my soul dissolved into pure love.

The world could have disappeared and I would have been standing in the middle of a field of crimson roses all blooming to the sound of the voice singing: “If you stay or if you go.” The friend who sent me the CD said to listen to the track before I went to bed and I’ve never experienced such a healing gift. In life, you often meet people who will give you gifts your soul needs and then at times friends can work together to heal the world.

When Jamie Catto met Duncan Bridgeman it was a random moment in time. Like most creative friendships they found they had so much in common. Once they started talking they realized they had similar beliefs about the state of modern music. Jamie was the singer and keyboardist in the UK band Faithless and Duncan Bridgeman had been mixing albums for big-name artists. Together they have created a CD I can hardly believe exists.

I had no idea the impact it would make on me. I also didn’t realize you could fall madly “in love” with a CD. ;) Once “My Culture” takes off, you are going to understand the meaning of “primal high on a soul level.”

“I'm what I feel, what I'm feeling is surreal
I'm a mass of spinning wheels
Always digging in my heels
Now I've got the faith to

Fall back again
Crawl from the warm waters
Don't ever forget
You're on your feet again
Your feet again” ~My Culture

This CD is a smooth, sexy and spiritual journey into a land where you can escape from ordinary consciousness. You will feel you connect instantly with the universal wisdom in the lyrics. There is a richness of culture in the freeing dance of philosophy and world music. Multicultural voices mingle with beautiful intellectual tangents. Visual images dance through your mind as the music creates a deep soothing soul vibration that radiates through you like the most comforting feeling you’ve ever experienced.

 

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“The Way You Dream” is one of my favorite songs as it blends the mysterious voice of Indian star Asha Bhosle with the completely intoxicating voice of Michael Stipe. His voice makes me heady beyond all logic. I think I have a crush on a voice for the first time in my life. I finally understand why teenage girls faint at concerts. ;)

This CD also features Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Robbie Williams, Tom Robbins, Senegal's Baaba Maal, Ram Dass, Gabrielle Roth, the South African Mahotella Queens, Neneh Cherry, New Zealand's Whiri Mako Black, Revetti Sakalar and Eddi Reader.

1 Giant Leap is a fusion of sound and word captured through travels in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta, Bangkok, South East Asia, Los Angeles, New York, India, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. This CD is the result of recordings from 25 countries.

Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman literally spent six months traveling across the globe with a mobile studio and crew. Together they recorded storytellers, shopkeepers, authors, artists, philosophers and even cabdrivers. Each song contains a mixture of sounds and lyrics from various parts of the globe.

The chants, ethereal cries and primal rhythms will at times send chills up your spine. When Michael Franti sings “We are alive with the spirit of our passion” you can’t help wanting to live, and live for a long, long time so you can see all your dreams become a reality.

The entire CD really represents a unity humanity could strive for if they could find peaceful resolutions to the issues haunting us all. The themes of the album are death, confrontation, sex, money, blasphemy, faith, happiness, inspiration, time, masks and unity.

Healing, loving, intoxicatingly spiritual and poetic beyond words. Perhaps the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. 1 Giant Leap shows our humanity, the wide diversity of cultures and the beauty of unity through music.

~The Rebecca Review

 

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