Tuesday, December 14, 2004

John Mayer's Friend Raises Money for Atlanta Children-The Perfect Gift for John(Click here)

Scotty Crowe has a great and giving idea for the holidays which will benefit some needy children in Atlanta. I would say that it is a project worthy of duplication. And, Scotty certainly has the right idea. In the meantime:Happy holidays everyone and spread the "giving" and "loving" spirit. Also, stay tuned to Heavier Octaves Radio. We are friends and fans also and wish John the very best during the holidays as well. Good luck at the People's Choice Awards and at the Grammy's. Peace, Love and Joy this season and always...Cynthia Cynthiawilson@heavieroctaves.org
Below is an excerpt of Scotty's request and the link to his email and website for further information:

"Then I had an idea - maybe I could give John a gift and you could give John a gift and John could give some other folks a gift, all at the same time. What I would like to do, with your help, is place a donation in the name of John Mayer to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. Atlanta, in my opinion, is where this whole thing started, so I think it's only fitting that the kids in Atlanta get a little more help so that maybe they can go on to be the next John Mayers, Ray Charleses, Hank Aarons, Ted Turners, Julia Robertses, Jackie Robinsons, Flannery O'Connors, BigBoi/Andre3000s, Dale Murphys, Herschel Walkers, Steven Soderberghs, Kanye Wests, Kelly Rowlands, Juliette Gordon Lows, Jimmy Carters, and Martin Luther King, Jrs.So please consider clicking the link below and making a donation of any amount - every dollar truly helps. It may take you a few minutes to register an account, but PayPal is something you can use in tons of other ways (paying bills, online auctions, etc). Just after the first of the year, I'll donate the total amount in John's name to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which will hopefully have a wonderful 2005. Happy Holidays to all - thank you for at least making it this far. Yours, Scotty Crowe" scottycrowe@earthlink.net
For more information on Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, please visit

Saturday, November 06, 2004


Many entertainers participate in benefits using their music as instruments of goodwill and concern for others. Some musicians share more of their time than others. Heavier Octaves salutes the creative genius and generosity of musicians and artists that use their gifts not only to entertain, but who also teach and lead by example. In the process, they raise the bar of society's consciousness on issues that need collaboration by an entire community to be effectively resolved. Heavier Octaves will occasionally feature such artists in our "Spotlight on the Peoples' Musician/Artist" series. John Mayer is the musician to watch as he "puts his music where his heart is", like some "put their money where their mouth is". Fortunately with him, it appears to be all the same.

Mayer will be performing an intimate concert at the Housing Works Used Books Cafe in New York City. All proceeds will go to Housing Works, a non-profit organization that provides housing, health care, job training, advocacy, and many other services for homeless New Yorkers
living with HIV and Aids. To learn more about the Housing Works organization and its "Live at Home" concert series click on this article's caption above. For more information about John log on to www.johnmayer.com It's not surprising that John has been recently nominated for a "People's Choice" award. His new single "Daughters" is currently in rotation on the heavieroctaves radio broacast. To tune in, click here.

In the meantime, do whatever you can to make a difference.



Sunday, October 17, 2004

DECLARE Energy Independence on October 19th, 2004 (click here for further details)

DECLARE Energy Independence on October 19th. Young people have a voice in this election! Thousands of students, youth and allies are joining forces to challenge our politicians and leaders to move us toward a clean energy future. Don't miss this chance to make your voice heard.ENGAGE In Your Democracy on November 2nd. After October 19th, we have two weeks to get friends and clean energy supporters to the polls, and engage absentee voters on campus. Together we will power the vote with everything we've got! DELIVER Energy Freedom in the Capitols March on November 16th. And it doesn't stop! Our leaders won't represent us unless we speak up. Help us deliver the Declaration to the White House, Congress and State Capitols all over the U.S. to send a message to our representatives that we demand a clean energy future! Canadian students will be delivering their Clean Energy Charter to their government officials!

1st- Sign on to the Declaration or Canadian Charter-2nd Register Your October 19th Action - edit your action-3rd Collect Signatures on Your Campus

For further info, contact Billy Parish(bparish@climatecampaign.org.) Edited on 7.2.07 to include new email address- billy@energyaction.net

Don't forget to vote.


Cynthia Wilson

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Musicians On Call Heals with Music

Calling all divas, maestro's, cantors, swooners and poets at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and beyond, who would love to make someone else's life happier and even healthier by spreading love and healing through music. Note: Click on the above link to view a newspaper article and video about the program.

Musicians On Call is a non-profit organization founded to provide music to the sick at their bedsides at major hospitals in the New York City area. Heavier Octaves wants to make sure the Union community knows about this amazing program so you and members of your communities can benefit from it. I know we have a good amount of healthcare providers, chaplains and ministers who can SANG! So, I post this announcement as a supporter of Musicians On Call, an MDiv student at Union Theological Seminary and chaplain at the Jewish Home in the Bronx where the next Musicians On Call music project will be initiated in January 2005.

Musicians On Call www.musiciansoncall.org is looking for new volunteer musicians and guides for their new facilities. In particular, the group is looking for volunteer musicians and guides who live in Brooklyn and who can get to Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park/Bay Ridge, as well as artists in the Bronx that are able to go to the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Kingsbridge section. Of course, they are also always looking for musicians and guides for Manhattan! Artists perform for patients at their bedsides and go room to room led by an MOC Volunteer Guide. Guides lead the musicians on their "musical rounds," act as the liaison between Musicians On Call and the healthcare facilities, and keep statistics on the program.

For further info, please send emails to cw2140@columbia.edu Note: Audition quality CD, mp3 or other recordings of your voice will be needed to pass along to MOC as part of the application process.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Hurricane Relief

Please join the artists of The Rock Boat Washed Ashore Tour, Earthlink Live,and Second Harvest of Atlanta in supporting the hurricane victims, evacuees,and residents of Georgia and Florida. On September 25th in Atlanta, artists such as Sister Hazel, the Pat McGee Band, Virginia Coalition, Matt Wertz,Michael Tolcher, Marc Broussard, Blue Merle and many other amazing artists will come together to 'save a life'. Second Harvest needs your help by bringing non-perishable food items and cases of bottled water to the event.

There will be bins and volunteers at the doors to collect your donation! The items will be distributed to communities in the Southeast. For your kind donation and generosity, some of the artists have donated a set amount of limited edition merchandise to be given to contributors as a way to say thank you for your support.

We hope that everyone attending the show will embrace this opportunity to help a region that has been ripped apart by thesedisasters in the past month. Together, we can bring an end to hunger through music! If you'd like further information, please feel free to contact Tiffany@tgreen@greenroomproductions.net or Grace@charismamgmt.com

Special Note:
This is also a special announcement to my immediate community at the Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. If you have relatives and friends in the hard hit areas of the southeast United States, please let them know about this event. You can also hear announcements about the concert and other relief activities by tuning in to the Heavier Octaves Radio Broadcast this weekend. For further information about the radio broadcast and Heavier Octaves send an email to cynthiawilson@heavieroctaves.org Also, feel free to click on the My Broadcast link found under the August 15,2004 post entitled "Radio Program Launch" or click on that date in the August 2004 section of the Archives.


Cynthia Wilson

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Radio Program Launch

As a team member, I am happy to announce the launch of Heavieroctaves radio featuring "outside the box music mixes" and occasional interviews with musicians and cultural leaders as DJ personality, RevcoolC. Let me add that none of the musicians or music played serves as an endorsement of the organization's activities. I'm just spreading the love of their music! Click on the following link and tune in:
Heavieroctaves Radio

Sunday, August 01, 2004

About Heavier Octaves-Part I

Disclaimer: This is a fan inspired concept and has not been endorsed by any of the musicians who have inspired it.  There is still more to the story. Below is my attempt to clarify its purpose and vision as succinctly as possible.

Heavier Octaves Radio is a work in progress and was inspired by the music and fan communities of John Mayer,one of my favorite musicians, his seminal message board community My Stupid Mouth(MSM) and his friends,many of whom are legendary blues,soul,rock and pop musicians.One of my biggest challenges over the years has been figuring out just how to say this without excluding any of his other fans or the notable musicians who have helped to make this broadcast concept a reality. If you know anything about John Mayer you know that he cherishes the relationship with his fans.This is illustrated by the tremendous amount of energy he puts into gathering and listening to their input.No doubt,another reason that I was so inspired by his music.

The vision for this project began coming together during the Songbird Benefit in April 2003,which was coordinated by the Guac Fund with participation from Oxfam.John Mayer performed as a special guest of Bonnie Raitt for musician friend Danny O'Keefe's Songbird Foundation,in efforts to help coffee farmers struggling to achieve fair trade.I met John and Bonnie at that event and had the opportunity to talk with them about their perspectives. I traveled all the way from Detroit to Boston for the event.I was very moved by the concert, his music,Bonnie's music,their accessibility to the community,as well as with each of them as artists lending their names and music to a worthy cause.That impression remains...although I have attended many of John's concerts since then... Music and positive action improves the quality of the social and physical environment.Providing meaningful "hands on" participation and contributions to communities stimulates even more focused involvement.This I learned from earlier involvement in such efforts, including U.S.A. for Africa as a staff volunteer during the 1985 "We Are the World" famine relief effort...

Heavier Octaves has also linked and/or partnered with social activists,community organizers and others on projects that are in line with its mission and philosophy of "playing sound and music on the scale of humanity." One such effort was the Poverty Initiative's mission to the Gulf Coast to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.As you know both John,Bonnie and other musicians performed in a series of benefits for Katrina as well.You'll find either videos,songs and play lists or specific combinations of all highlighting that music and that from other benefits on this broadcast... The stories about the various concerts as well as the mission trip referred to and those of others, can also be found on the Heavier Octaves blogs. Two of the blogs written by your station host were included as part of the detailed chronicling of the Katrina mission captured in the book:
Katrina: Listening with Our Hearts (An Immersion Experience in the Gulf Coast)....
Book Cover of KatrinaListening With Our Hearts documenting mission trip to Gulf Coast after hurricane devastation.

I also aim to get the news out as a citizen journalist and avid music blogger by covering various benefit concerts aimed at healing social ills and heightening perspective.In that vein,I traveled to Virginia Tech last September to cover the concert to uplift and encourage the Hokie community after the trauma they experienced.Read about that in the blog entries "Good Love Is On the Way..." and "Virginia Tech Mountain High Reflections". I also covered and blogged about the Tsunami Benefit,Acoustic Africa supported by Oxfam,Cross Roads guitar Festival,the Live Earth Concert for A Climate In Crisis,the environmentally sound and groundbreaking journey of the Mayercraft Carrier,etc; Spurred on by the music,in part,playlists have been created of John's songs live and recorded,combined with those of other artists performed at various benefit concerts and charity events over the years.

Many of the songs have been recorded by devoted fans who have traveled miles and miles to cover his concerts for themselves and other fans. All,out of sheer love for his music... Whether the issue involves human rights, climate change,animal rights, hurricane and hunger relief, war, homelessness or other issues affecting our local, as well as global neighborhood,I feel the social and physical environments are inextricably intertwined, and ultimately impact global life... The Heavier Octaves spirit is embracing and "playing sound and music on the scale of humanity" as a metaphor for caring, committed individuals reaching out to their neighbors at home and abroad, solving problems one phase at a time, inspired by the " transforming and unifying power" of music as a source of healing through inspiration, as well as its tremendous potential as a catalyst for positive change. This dynamic I witnessed in my participation in fan communities such as My Stupid Mouth(MSM), a discussion board founded by Richard Young,one of John's initial fans.It is a community and message board driven by passion and appreciation for an artist's music. More about that to come...

With an associated podcast radio broadcast, meaningful updates,public service announcements, interviews and commentary are provided about events and activities involving John Mayer and his causes as well as his many musician friends. About the Radio Broadcast (More...) .. Many of the songs played or streamed are by musicians in our friend's list.We also play or link to archived live recordings from Tsunami("Bold As Love"), Live 8,Live Earth(See Playlist in Music section of this profile), Katrina and other benefit concerts(Video of John's performance with Eric Clapton on Larry king Live).

We swing the pendulum and have gone back in time too,and include live music videos from historic concerts and recordings such as "We Are the World"(See video stream selection above), Bangladesh,Woodstock,Monterey,etc... I have been searching most of my life for a music medium with just the "right mix".

Inspired by my favorite music and recording artists,I am happy to say that creating this broadcast was not only inevitable, but a whole lot of fun! I see music as a unifying and healing force---a medium of personal, social, and spiritual transformation. It ushers in or defines an era, flowing freely through the airwaves bridging generational and geographical gaps. Playing on the "scale of humanity", music creates "heavier octaves" by transcending racial, cultural, and social barriers.

I hope that this broadcast will be your point of contact to capture and embrace a huge portion of music's true spirit,while discovering heavier octaves in the process...              

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In the video performance below,John Mayer plays guitar and vocals on his blues masterpiece "Gravity", accompanying him on saxophone was the late Leroi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band who co-headlined the concert with Mayer.  He dedicated the song as a prayer to the Virginia Tech Community(Hokies).