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Where Gifted Musicians Grow

Danilo Perez with BGJI students – Photo by Dave Green

Where do gifted musicians go to become student leaders of a world community and affect positive social change?

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Doug Hall

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston, founded by Grammy-award winning jazz pianist, composer, professor and educator Danilo Pérez, through a curriculum that includes world-music exploration from roots up, to arrangements and performances of original composition, to internships and projects in remote under-represented communities around the globe, students develop into ambassadors for humanity. This is not an ethereal concept or group meditation on a “better world” but a hands-on curriculum that directs these young extra-ordinary musicians to park the “self” for a greater good. Pérez speaks to this part and emphasis in the program, “ When somebody has a gift, I believe he/she has a responsibility…you must have the desire to be a role model in society – and step away from your instrument.” BGJI offers a unique alternative approach to a discipline that has often focused more on developing self-achievement and acceptance based primarily on talent. Pérez keeps his mission and integrity close to the selection process, “you have to have the desire to experience the process of human development…fame is a four letter word.”

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Danilo Perez at piano – Photo by Kelly Davidson

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Merry Christmas

2016 has been a year of amazing moments all encompassing growth, tender triumphs and loss.
Each equally important as they fuel us forward in our journey along a path often less traveled.
Fresh Independence is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your world and we look forward with genuine optimism to the ‘Conversations’ and stories waiting to be told – the music, films and photographs longing to be etched upon the soul.
The new year will find us in the UK, tackling ‘Selfless’ and the road of adventure within the completion of this documentary – back in Nashville, Los Angeles & Vancouver for some great music – and out in the nature as we lift off some new projects we can’t wait to share with you all.
From the bottom of our hearts we wish you a season of peace, hope and joy.
May each remember to reach out and help where ever we are able and never forget that it all began with Christmas.

We would like to leave you with this moment forever etched in history from the great Charles Schulz who was not afraid to speak up for what he believed. For if we are not brave enough to stand for something – we will surely fall for anything.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

xo Fresh Independence

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During the making of the animated Christmas classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz had a meeting with Lee Mendelson, the show’s producer, and Bill Melendez, its lead animator. The discussion concerned Schulz’s insistence about including a New Testament scripture reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. The scripture reading was to be spoken by Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt in response to Charlie Brown’s lament, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Mendelson and Melendez both voiced their concern about the reading, with Melendez telling Schulz, “It’s very dangerous for us to start talking about religion now.” Schulz answered him by saying, “Bill, if we don’t, who will?” In the end, the scripture reading was retained, and the CBS special was the second-most watched show of the week when it debuted on December 9, 1965.

Linus’ King James version scripture reading from Luke 2: 8-14, read:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

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Help a friend out!

Kuki and The Bard are a ray of light in a sometimes dark place. We love their music and cannot wait to hear more.

Currently living off grid, Kuki and Izzi are in the development phase of raising funds to build a recording studio to give young musicians from differing backgrounds and with differing needs a chance to come and get creative in a natural setting.

Kuki and The Bard are a creative inspiration to live more gently on our beautiful planet.

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 Thank-you for giving back Izzi and Kuki, now let’s encourage and give back to these dream weavers!
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Brandon Malone – More Than A Carpenter

Inspirational conversation with carpenter – sweet soul and mender of broken hearts – Brandon Malone from Los Angeles.
His uniquely simple vision and passion for life is true testament to his sincerity and love for people.
Using his hands and heart we are blessed to walk with him as he brings human touch to his journey as ‘More Than A Carpenter’.
Watch him work his magic this January on DIY Network with Brett Waterman – ‘Restored’.

 

DIY – Restored coming in January with Brett Waterman

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