This album is the result of many years of travel, human interactions and life experiences expressed through music and words.......
The space from which several of the songs emerged. Click the following link to hear the results:
Hope Out Chaos - In Honor of George Floyd, Breonna and All the Others
This is a song about a time in my life when I thought things would never get better. But, I learned that by focusing on moving things in a positive direction, things can get better. I'm playing along with a background track produced by JonJon Alevizakis of Little Buddha Studios in Nevada City, CA. He does the instrumentation as well. Anna C. of Portland, OR does the background vocals.
Song by Naoto Sekiguchi, co-produced by JonJon Alevizaksis at Little Buddha Studios, CA. Thinking back on journeys through places like El Salvador, Tanzania and Kenya it occurred to me that I came across so many people far more kind, compassionate, moral and intelligent than the current occupant of the Oval Office. Apologies to artists and photographers who hold rights to some of the images - it is my hope that you will be okay with my using your work to help encourage people to make a stand.
On my way back from experiencing the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 I made a detour to honor the souls of the No-No Boys and others once incarcerated during WWII at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in the far north of California. I played my song 'My People with the Hopi Go' which is about the, history of the internment of people of Japanese ancestry, their interactions with the Native People and human resilience. Click this link to hear a clip:
As the eclipse was waning the light through the trees created crescent images of the Sun partially blocked by the Moon on me and my guitar. This caused a shift in my perception of the Universe and served to shape my song 'Meteor Hits the Earth'. Please see the following link for a clip of the song:
Image of Lao Spirit captured in watercolor along the journey through that magical land. Click 'More' under header, then 'Travel & Research' for more on Lao culture.