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Peace On The Earth

Last year at this time, I was inspired to write a strident song about peace. I had thought about writing a new one this year but got too busy with other things. So, here once again is “Peace on the Earth”. I hope you enjoy. Lyrics and credits below.

Break the silence
Confront the madness
Make the voice of reason heard

Crush the hatred
with ruthless kindness
Let your love be the last word

Peace on the Earth
Peace on the Earth

Stop the violence
of cold indifference
Too much goes on that we allow

Pierce the darkness
with fierce compassion
Beat the drum of justice NOW!

Peace on the Earth
Peace on the Earth

—————–

Music by Kelly Carpenter. Words by Kelly Carpenter and Scott Burnett.
© 2010 KelSongs / Kelly Carpenter Music (ASCAP) / Scott A. Burnett. All rights reserved.

Recorded December 2010 at Avondale.Blazing guitar solos by Scott A. Burnett. Vocal choirs by Kelly and Merrilyn Carpenter and UPC Gospel Choir. Programming, rhythm guitar, and lead vocal by Kelly Carpenter.

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Peace art from students at Merrilyn’s school

Here is a student art piece that was sold at a fund-raising auction for the school that Merrilyn teaches at. Although the auction was a few months ago, I just noticed this sitting in my unpublished blog post queue. I just LOVE this!! Let there be peace on earth, indeed!!
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This brings to mind a song I wrote and recorded during holiday season last year called “Peace on the Earth”, an uncharacteristically strident piece that I felt compelled to produce. You can see the video here on YouTube: http://bit.ly/kcpeace

There are images of Nelson Mandela on my video, which brings to mind that we just saw the movie Invictus recently. Awesome film!! You simply must see it if you haven’t already.
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Peace On The Earth

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a bright beginning to 2011.

This past December I was messing around with some of my music production gear and came up with a musical idea that quickly evolved into a song over the course of a few days. I am not sure how it happened, but this type of thing does happen every once in a while. A spark and then a flame and then a fire. Then a sense of urgency to complete the thing. This particular time around it became a song called “Peace On The Earth”. Like I said, it started out as a musical idea, not more than a groove, really. Then the next morning, words started forming, and they were about taking a stand against injustice, violence, and war. And then the chorus came and it was obvious: “Peace On The Earth”. I felt compelled to get this out to the world before Christmas, which I did by a few days.

I wasn’t entirely happy with the words, so I called up my old friend and collaborator Scott Burnett to help out. I then had him put a guitar solo on the recording. I asked him to play as if this was the last guitar solo on earth. And he played with the reckless abandon I was looking for! Later that week, the gospel choir at his church got together for their weekly rehearsal, and I got permission to have them record a few refrains of the chorus. This I mixed in to the last three sections of the chorus to give it this big sound. All in all, this is a powerful song.

My wife Merrilyn and I put together the video, which became a further evolution of the song. The result? This song is a call for an end to genocide. I recently read a novel where the character went to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. It made me think of all the other museums scattered around the globe remembering the atrocities that occurred there. Is it possible to imagine a world where not one more such memorial needs to be built?

There is more than just one type of genocide, of course. Wholesale murder of people deemed expendable due to race, class, national, or religious differences is one thing. But there are many other injustices where people are denied opportunity, land, basic food and shelter, a voice.

I am not sure why this song happened to me. And I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do about it. I know that I have to do something. So I start with something simple: Pray for peace.

Enough said, here is the YouTube video. Below are the words. I hope you are moved by it.

Break the silence
Confront the madness
Make the voice of reason heard

Crush the hatred
with ruthless kindness
Let your love be the last word

Peace on the Earth
Peace on the Earth

Stop the violence
of cold indifference
Too much goes on that we allow

Pierce the darkness
with fierce compassion
Beat the drum of justice NOW!

Peace on the Earth
Peace on the Earth

—————–

Music by Kelly Carpenter. Words by Kelly Carpenter and Scott Burnett.
© 2010 KelSongs / Kelly Carpenter Music (ASCAP) / Scott A. Burnett. All rights reserved.

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Where’s Kelly?

Okay, so I just Googled me and discovered that I have the top two hits on Google!! Can you believe that? I don’t think that has ever happened before. Yes, I know, the idea of me engaging in self-googlization seems horribly narcissistic, but the truth is, as someone who is now doing music professionally and is “out there”, I need to know just how “out there” I really am. And now I have given you all sorts of room to think up snide remarks.

I have been so immersed in Secret Project New Song that I haven’t blogged on this WordPress site or updated my News column on my website in a few weeks. I’m thinking, “Wow what a total biscuit head I am!” So here I am at least checking in. Yes, I have been working on a new song. No, it hasn’t come easily, so I have spent quite a few (as in major understatement) hours writing and recording the song. My good friend Scott Burnett helped a little with lyrics. He also played lead guitar on the recording. I told him I wanted him to play like it was the last guitar solo on earth. And he did! And the church that he works at, UPC, helped out with singing on some of the later choruses. And my wife Merrilyn is helping me out with some additional vocal work and finding photos and footage for the video that is almost done.

So ANY DAY NOW.. this will be “released” as a video on YouTube. That is how songs actually get “out there” these days. This will not be a fancy “music video” video, but mostly a collection of stills and some footage somewhat timed to the music, and unlike most music players, you can imbed YouTube videos practically everywhere which is why it is the way to release a song.

The song is called “Peace On The Earth” and is about PEACE and seems somewhat appropriate to release during the holidays but is not a Christmas song. It is actually an angry song about peace, but in a good way. Got you curious?

So, really any day now…

Peace out!

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