Janiva Magness I am reluctant to write these liner notes. I don't
want to give too much away. I want you to have the chance to listen.
Especially to hear. After all, songs are stories and stories put to
music can speak to us in ways and places where words alone will fail.
I was the kid who always asked "why?" I used to introduce myself to
strangers and asked their names. I always asked the awkward questions
out of curiosity and pure innocence. I just needed to know. Over the
years that has evolved a bit, but I still have that same simple need for
accurate information and current truth.
One of the greatest
gifts my father gave, was his demand of me to speak the truth. I would
come to understand later in my life that this was in fact one of the
most important and powerful messages I have ever been given. To be brave
and stand in my truth. Now, I doubt there will ever be a time when I
won't need to speak of what is on my mind. I am eternally grateful to
have the music help me do just that. Right now, my truth, in this world
and in these times... Now more than ever — is to stand up, speak up,
write it, shout it, sing it and try to be heard. Everywhere.
believe in the Army of Love. I have witnessed the beauty and power of it
countless times in the most unexpected people, places and ways. It
binds us in ways that have no words. Sometimes to family, sometimes to
total strangers whose path we cross at the most precise and perfect
times. It is the tie that binds us to other living creatures. I believe
in the power of helping others. That is love in action. And that gives
me courage. It gets me out of my head... out of angst and into service
to others. Into love.
So, I'm pretty sure it's all here... Songs of empowerment, protest, hope and sweet regret. I hope the songs speak to both your heart and mind. I hope you find at least one Hell Yes! in the music. And if you do find that connection, I will be standing there, ready and waiting... Because... Love Is An Army. Love -
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