Yearning to Breathe Free

So, now, the greatest nation on Earth, built by immigrants, is on the road to no longer being a nation of immigrants. What’s even more disturbing is that, whether people want to admit it or not (and let’s face it, we humans are never good at looking deep into our dark side), we have become like the terrorists we have professed to abhor. When you forcibly take a child away from it’s parent(s), you are terrorizing both the child and the parent(s).  You have effectively kidnapped that child. You have taken the child against his/her will and against the will of the child’s parent(s).  You are, effectively, holding it hostage.

Has anyone thought about what we’re going to do with these children as they grow up?  If the folks down in Washington plan to make these children work for their food, shelter and clothing, this country will cross over an even more hideous line into a felony known as human trafficking.  Let us also consider the tremendous psychological and emotional impact this will have on these children as they grow up. Egregious doesn’t even begin to describe this scenario.

No plan for reunification makes it even worse. Now, you are orphaning these children. What exactly is going to be done with them? Are they to be caged circus animals for the rest of their lives?  Meanwhile, every captive child is losing precious developmental time that cannot be recovered.  Think about that–let that sink in for a moment. These very small children who are no longer receiving their parents’ nurturing–no nurturing at all, in fact–will grow up to be developmentally deficient in certain important psychological ways.  And, the separation anxiety will scar them for life.

Lady Liberty is gasping… yearning to breathe free.

Procter & Gamble’s “The Talk”

Bravo Procter & Gamble for being the first in corporate America to step up to the plate with a powerful message about the effect of racism on our nation’s children. This ad is beyond moving. We here at ChromeOrange Music•Media defy anyone to come away from this ad without shedding a tear. You want America to be great again? Step up to the plate. Be a voice for the victims of hatred and bigotry. Better yet, protect them from it. You think your one voice can’t change the world? It can. P&G is one voice, and that voice is sending a message–loudly and clearly. There will undoubtedly be haters out there who will condemn P&G for the ad and the message it imparts. But, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us can afford to cower and shrink back in fear of speaking out. We here at ChromeOrange won’t do that. We’re as committed to being a “one voice” as we are to being a record label and music publisher.  We’re behind out artist, Kyle Royce of Kyle Royce & The World, as he embarks on his mission of inclusion. “Peace.Love.Progression” is more than just three words–it’s a way of life and a call to action. Answer that call. Don’t just hope for change — BE the change.

See in Color

Recently, our pop star in the making, Kyle Royce of Kyle Royce & The World, performed a semi-acoustic set at a club here on Long Island.  While other performers went on before him, Kyle sat attentively at the bar with his cousin, Jack. After the performance, the guitarist for one of the other artists went over to Jack and began talking to Jack but addressing him as Kyle.  Jack politely corrected him and pointed to Kyle who was standing a few feet away.  Kyle noticed the gesturing and subsequently walked over to Jack and the musician. The musician apologized for the identity mix up, saying, “I swear, it didn’t happen just because you’re black.”

Wait. WHAT???

And then we all wonder why racism is alive and well.  It’s alive and well because we keep it alive and well, and that comment is a perfect example of what we’re talking about and what Kyle Royce is trying to change in this world.

Let’s get a few things straight, Mr. Foot-in-his-Mouth Musician:

  1.  All people of a particular race do NOT look alike.  They just don’t. Please don’t argue that point because you will not win.
  2.  Stay in your place.  You’re there as a backup musician, not a music critic.  Do your homework before you open your mouth so you don’t end up saying something that makes absolutely NO SENSE whatsoever. You are not doing your image very much good.
  3. Getting drunk at gigs and subsequently acting like a horse’s ass is really quite unbecoming for someone of your caliber of musicianship.  Before you get drunk at any future gigs, you might want to consider the message such drunkenness sends to your audience and the image of you it leaves in their minds.
  4.  Whatever you do, please see in color. Please do NOT pretend that you don’t. It’s offensive and it leads to the kind of comments that came out of your mouth.

And, that’s the real message here, folks.  It really is okay to see in color.  The harder you try to hide it, the more visible (and audible) it becomes. Check out Kyle Royce’s “Peace. Love.Progression.” movement at http://www.kyleroyce.com.  Then, try coloring this world in some peace, love and progression.

What the World Needs Now

“What the world needs now is love sweet love.  Its the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

Truer words were never spoken, and those words were sung in a song that’s over 50 years old.

Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “What the World Needs Now is Love” was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965 and was covered the following year by Dionne Warwick. Ms. Warwick had initially turned down the song. While we here at ChromeOrange don’t personally know her, we surmise that the song’s message was, at the time, just too good to pass up. After all, the mid-60’s was the height of the civil rights movement in this country. It was also the middle of our involvement in the Vietnam War. Literally, we were drowning in hatred and despair.

As we sat here tonight contemplating a blog post, we kept hearing those words in our heads, over and over again: What the world needs now is love sweet love, Its the only thing that there’s just to little of. We were just small children when Jackie DeShannon and Dionne Warwick recorded those words. How sad is it that those words still apply? We still live in a world of hatred, fear and despair. The May 2017 terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, further points that out to us in a most painful way.

The world needed love in 1965.  It still does. There was just too little of it in 1965. In 2017, there’s still just too little of it.  Can one voice change the world? We don’t know.  But, we’ve got more than one of them among our ChromeOrange artists. Their one voice may not change the world, but it’s one voice more than the world has right now.