Monday, November 28, 2005

Heroic Efforts to Raise Public Awareness on Global Warming-Spotlight on a Warrior(click for more info...)

On Thanksgiving I had the chance to break bread with a dear friend and her family,who by the way happens to be one of the best cooks around. During our dinner we touched on lots of important subjects. Her son, Billy Parish,is now organizing students to raise public awareness about global warming and its devastating impact upon our planet. There is a big event planned in Montreal where leaders of energy producing nations will dialogue on issues important to the future of the Earth's atmosphere.

Billy is a quiet and modest person of integrity. His action is consistent with who he is. It's about time that we started to demonstrate our support for these kind of qualities in our leaders. Then, just maybe, we wouldn't have to fight so hard on the tail end to reverse and correct some of the uncaring policies that spawn global warming and other environmental catastrophies waiting to happen.

For more about Mr Parish,please read the article featuring him and others in the November issue of Rolling Stone magazine by clicking on the above headline link to this blog entry.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Saturday, September 17, 2005

NAACP Launches Disaster Relief -Jamie Foxx Spokesman


Information and Resources have been provided to more than 1,500 People. Two Thousand Two Hundred (2,200 )NAACP units asked to assist in emergency relief efforts. There have been five command centers set up in three states. For further information,please click on the above link. In addition,click on this link as well http://www.naacp.org/news/2005/2005-09-08-2.html

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Mega Millions Raised From Katrina Relief Benefit Concerts


Millions of dollars have been raised to aid the many in New Orleans and surrounding areas who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans favorite sons Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick,Jr. and Aaron Neville blazed the trail for others headlining a concert aired shortly after the devastating impact of the storm was felt. That concert alone raised $40 million dollars.

Also, BET held a fundraiser on Friday September 9, "Saving Ourselves" (SOS) , a star studded event with a call-in from former President Clinton who had some rather meaningful comments and questions. Rappers P.Diddy and Jay-Z presented a check for 1 million dollars from the New York Hip-Hop community. The total raised from this concert was 11 million.

Please see the following BET and CNN articles for further details:

Musical relief efforts continue with upcoming concerts on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. See our September 13 post below for details.Now the challenge is how to spend the money most effectively and wisely so that those suffering will feel the full benefit of humanitarian outreach of such magnitude...We'll stay tuned to these developments...

BET's relief telethon was very moving,very touching and is very worthwhile. Here's the link to the SOS video offered on BET's website. I highly recommend taking the time to view it if you missed the live show or forgot to set your Tivo.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

More Concerts to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

An all star line up including John Mayer and Dave Matthews will perform in an upcoming September 20, 2005 benefit concert at the Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Gardens. http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/53234.htm Stars such as Kanye West,Alicia Keys,Shirley Caesar, Rod Stewart have also performed in other concerts including Shelter from the Storm.

John Mayer, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West and Maroon 5 were among the artists added to "ReAct Now: Music and Relief," a concert to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, on Saturday September 10th on MTV, VH1 and CMT. The relief concert was staged simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta, providing opportunities for viewers to phone in Red Cross donations.


Many of our favorite musicians are tremendously busy helping out in this time of dire need.You can help with the hurricane relief efforts by donating to the Red Cross at their Web site, redcross.org or calling their hotline, 1-800-HELP-NOW. Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army are also accepting funds.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Heavier Octaves Launches New Radio Show-"Lobluja" Love Blues and Jazz Mix Every Night 8p.m- Midnight. Click here and tune in.

We will be running a special preview of the "Lobluja"-Love blues and jazz mega mix all day today June 30, 2005 and throughout the holiday weekend. Our gospel show will still stream as scheduled. Regular programming will resume on Tuesday, July 5 , 2005 after the holiday. Please enjoy! The link to the Heavier Octaves radio broadcast playlist for pasting into your browser or copying to your address book is here.

We have some Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Otis Redding,John Scofield, Etta James,Angela Bofill,Billy Paul, Queen Latifah,Lena Horne, Keb Mo,Taj Mahal,John Mayer,etc... So sit back or lie down and kick it to the soothing and relaxing sounds of blues,jazz and love songs. Feel free to call in your special requests to our radio request line or email me Cynthiawilson@heavieroctaves.org Please enjoy the show and hope to see some of you out at the Live8 concert in Philly on Saturday, July 2, 2005. WE hope to have more info on that event out to you as we receive it. Please read our earlier post below for further info or go to the website http://www.live8live.com. Peace, Cynthia

Friday, June 03, 2005

Live 8-The Long Walk to Justice

A massive global effort by leaders in the music industry`a la Bob Geldof who brought us "Live Aid" twenty years ago is being launched. The line-up of music heavies include Will Smith, P.Diddy, Stevie Wonder, Jay-z, Elton John,U2, Coldplay,etc. You get the picture.

It has been principally undertaken to raise awareness, voices and money about the state of global poverty,especially in Africa and other developing countries. It is being organized in anticipation of a global summit meeting on July 6, 2005 in Gleneagles, Scotland of eight leaders of the richest and most powerful countries in the world.

While benefit concerts abound with catchy fundraising slogans every season or so for worthy causes, I believe that this event and others like it herald in a new age of "global consciousness" where people are sincerely being "called on" to truly make a difference. And, at the slight chance that this is not the case, it could by sheer force of "positive thought" followed up with meaningful and persistent action by the masses be the result anyway. Because today the move is "to raise voices" as well as money.

We all know how important money is and it is often invaluable in bringing about results which could not otherwise be brought about. But can you imagine how powerful a shift in global thinking might actually be? So my friends, click on the above headline link and prepare yourself for the new twist to a classic trend, reaching out through music to lift "consciousness" and change our world.

If a little money is raised in the process that just might do the trick. But,how well have I learned over the years that money isn't everything. It can be a tremendous help and play a vital role in global development and transformation if channeled constructively. Yes. If distributed evenly and well, a good amount of folks just might be fed, clothed, housed and recepients of adequate health care.

We at Heavier Octaves will keep you posted on developments through our blog and radio broadcast. Stay tuned. Here's the link to the Heavier Octaves Radio Podcast.

For further information about "Live 8" click on the above link or click here.

Peace,

Cynthia...See you out there!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Food for Thought-"Towering Babblers" (click this link)

Sometimes its a good thing to relax, kick back, meditate, recline and reflect on the goodness of life. But, there is also a time for expressing a worthwhile and much needed opinion. There is a move afoot in our environment and world today to equate religious belief with political correctness and one's worthiness to receive God's blessing and favor. We can dub it "The War of the Godspeak"for amusement. And, of course, this move is not exclusive to the time period of the 21st century.It has been going on for centuries.We all remember the crusades. But, for an incisive perspective on the current "spirit of the times" in which this debate or "struggle" continues, I recommend clicking on the above link and reading the recent newspaper article by Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist E.R. Shipp, a columnist for the New York Daily News. And feel free to tune into our gospel radio program "Revcoolc's Gospel Mix" which airs every Sunday from 5:00a.m.-5:00p.m.,while reading your Sunday paper.(No longer streaming)( Noted8.9.07)

Our regular radio show "Heavier Octaves High Notes" plays a cross range of music including blues, rock and r&b. It airs Monday thru Saturday,24 hrs a day. Stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming interviews with local, national and international leaders on topics of interest.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope (click here)



John Mayer, Nelly,Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige,Lenny Kravitz and Diana Ross will be joining in the concert performances on Saturday, January 15, 2005, which is ironically, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s actual date of birth. The holiday is being celebrated on Monday, January 17, this year.
Elton John, Sarah McLachlan and Madonna are appearing as well.

I'm glad there's a broad representation of artists. Everyone is in good company.For further info, click on the link above. Make sure you tune in. Also stay tuned to Heavieroctaves radio for upcoming developments on the local community level and for just plain listening pleasure.

On a closing note, its always good to see people coming together cooperatively to do some good in this world. Hopefully, in the future it won't take such a disaster to get "the people" on one accord. As Bob Marley so eloquently put it...One Love, One heart...let's get together and be alright.

Peace,

Cynthia

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

John Mayer , Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow and Other Artists to Join in Tsunami Relief Benefit(click here)

John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow and other artists to join in Tsunami Relief Benefit Telethon to air Saturday January 15, 2005 at 8:00p.m. on NBC. For further information, visit www.johnmayer.com or click the link above to the related Billboard magazine articles.
You should check local listings for more specifics.Incidentally, this is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, if you didn't already know that. In addition, you may want to visit the following link for efforts by other musicians through www.musicrelief.org, an organization started by rock hip hop band linkin park. Also visit these websites for additional ways to help out and to get ideas about what various other organizations are doing. Oxfam, Care Canada, War Child and Doctors Without Borders. We'll continue to keep you posted. In the meantime, be on the alert for an upcoming "heavieroctavesradio" broadcast, dedicated entirely to Tsunami Relief efforts. To listen to the radio broadcast playlist click on this link.



Peace and wisdom,
Cynthia("revcoolc")






Saturday, January 08, 2005

Tsumani Relief-Make a Donation

Heavier Octaves is in the process of doing all it can in the music and entertainment community to help those in disaster torn Southeast Asia. We will be updating you in the near future regarding our efforts. In the meantime, we will be monitoring the contributions arena and making recommendations about which relief efforts to send in support for the most direct, fast and efficient distribution of aid to those in need.