Liquid Mind listeners often ask me about my musical influences, either on behalf of themselves, or their kids who might be interested in learning and performing music. The earliest influence for me was singing sacred music in children's choirs starting at age 5. I started playing piano the same year, and by age 10 was begging the church organist to let me play the beautiful 39 rank Kilgen organ in our church. By age 13, I was playing organ for Sunday youth services.
A quick interview with the always dashing Omar Akram at the BET Awards. Omar's new album Daytime Dreamer will hit the streets on September 24th. Stay Tuned!
Alain Gauthier, the extraordinarily talented choreographer/co-director of Cavalia, and formerly acrobatic choreographer of Cirque du Soleil, has created a most stunning video to Liquid Mind's "Soft Focus" from Liquid Mind X: Meditation. Chuck Wild (aka Liquid Mind) says “Alain creates spatial environments using pixel choreography, it is truly unlike anything I've seen. My great gratitude to Alain for his beautiful setting to my music.”
We are excited to announce our new category “Album Sampler” on Real Music's YouTube channel. Each video represents an album with sample clips of each of the titles, in the order they appear on the CD. Get a feel for the flow of the entire CD before you buy! We will be adding to it constantly so subscribe to our channel, and be the first to hear the latest additions.
On August 13th the new album from Amberfern will be released, AquaEssence: An Ocean of Calm. Clive Brooks (aka Amberfern) sat down with Real Music to discuss the new album, recording, and everything in between.
Real Music: Can you tell about your “Essence” series of albums, and how they’re different from the “Distant Horizons” series?
In 1987 I was signed as a staff songwriter/composer to Lorimar Telepictures here in Los Angeles. Lorimar (later combined with Warner Brothers) was the largest television production company in the USA, run by Merv Adelson, (Barbara Walters’ husband at the time). My job mostly entailed writing songs for artists and TV shows, and I was lucky enough to write a #1 song (in the European territory) called “You're My One and Only” for CBS Records artist Jennifer Rush.
I met Fidel Castro when I was 14 years old. I was at one of my father's diplomatic functions, and I had the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Castro about music. He knew I played the piano and asked me if I'd been to any of the local African jazz clubs. I was too young to enter the clubs at the time, but to my surprise the dictator wielded his power to get me in. I entered some of Cuba's best jazz clubs by simply using his name, and no one questioned it. I would go on stage and play the piano between sets, and the musicians would improvise with me and encourage me to play.
I'm sometimes asked which CD is my favorite out of the twelve existing Liquid Mind albums. My compositions are my children — so I can describe them, but it's hard to choose favorites. Since the Liquid Mind series follows my own personal journey...
Everyone has heard that meditation, yoga, and prayer can lower blood pressure, lower stress, and provide other health benefits. A new study takes the health claims one step further, by showing that gene activity changes too. Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston wanted to show “the underlying molecular mechanisms that explain these clinical benefits.”1
Folks often ask me what other kinds of music I’ve composed in addition to Liquid Mind. The short answer is: A lot. I’ve composed music for film & television, and even wrote a number one pop song in Germany in the late 1980’s called “You're My One and Only” by Jennifer Rush. Perhaps the most unique song I’ve written is called “Oh Liberty!”, a patriotic anthem I was asked to compose for the rededication of the national World War I museum and monument in Kansas City, Missouri.