Friday, September 9, 2011

THE DAY THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER 9/11/2001

9/11 The Day the World Came Together

(Background information concerning the writing of this song)

            Keith Williams and I were scheduled to leave for China the day after 9/11/2001 to perform in Shanghai but, as a result of the horrific events that took place in New York and elsewhere on the east coast, we were delayed and arrived in Shanghai on Sept 15th.

          To our surprise, there was still a buzz going around regarding that tragedy, even though we were thousands of miles away from the U.S.  And what was even more surprising was the reaction of the people we met when discussing that event.  Here we were....in a country that for years was considered to be, if not our enemy, at least our adversary....communist China...and they were saying how sympathetic they were to America. particularly the victims in New York, and how much disdain they had for the perpetrators.  It seemed as though China and its people were totally on our side. 


         At that time, we were performing at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shanghai which, as you can imagine, catered to people from all over the world.  The subject of 9/11 was constantly brought up with us (probably because we were Americans) and there was virtually unanimous support for  America by folks of every nationality and area of the world including the Middle East.  This widespread sentiment of support for America overshadowed the negativity of the event itself.

  Although this spirit of world unity did not endure as long as we had hoped, as evidenced by the international conflicts that exist, it is our desire that a renewal of that spirit be rekindled and we have a more lasting unified environment reminiscent of:

  "THE DAY THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER"!  

                                                   music by: Keith Williams
                                                    words by: Phil Morrison
             
It's morning time in Georgia - time to start the day
It rained last night the ground was wet - the sky a cloudy grey
Glancing at the TV news - to see what's goin' on
That's when I first became aware - something was very wrong
            
The TV man was talking fast - excitement in his voice
His pitch was high and very loud - as if he had no choice
Describing scenes in disbelief - somewhere in New York City
When planes flew into buildings - by men who showed no pity

   THIS IS THE DAY WE'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER
   AMERICA ... STRUCK ... BY TERROR
   IT HAPPENED TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER
   BUT.... THAT'S WHEN THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER

Grief and horror all around - how could they be so cruel
The planes were filled with passengers - and also filled with fuel
Suddenly the buildings fell; smoke was rising high
To carry those who were inside back to their home in the sky

Now that this tragedy's over - the question is "what should we do?"
We've tried that same old game before - "you hit me, then I'll hit you"
But what we need now is deeper - our spirit must be touched
To end this vicious cycle - which we all want so much

    THIS IS THE DAY WE'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER
    AMERICA.... STRUCK.... BY TERROR
    IT HAPPENED TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER
    BUT THAT'S WHEN THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER

We spend so much for armaments - missiles, tanks and bombs
With all the hunger in the world - you know there's something wrong
 **We fight for our religion -'cause we claim it's right
 **While innocent people suffer and die - is this what God would really like?

We must be more objective- listen to every position
There are so many perspectives - within the human condition
Assemble leaders the world can trust - men and women who.....
Guided by their conscience - will show us what to do

    THIS IS THE DAY WE'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER
    AMERICA.... STRUCK ....BY TERROR
    IT HAPPENED TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER
    BUT THAT'S WHEN THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER

                    (c)2001 keith williams/phil morrison

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Barack Obama - "Yes We Can"


BARACK OBAMA - HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS


music by: Phil Morrison, Keith Williams  words by: Phil Morrison


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Yes We Can! That's what he's always said.
Barack Obama!

Yes We Can!  That's what he's always said. 
Barack Obama!
 

People 'round the world - cheer the mention of his name
You see there's something special in this man
From Paris to Beijing - the voices say the same
Barack Obama,  Yes We Can!!

You could feel the happiness - after his election
Peace between all nations is the plan
His words proclaim..World Unity.. is now the right direction
Barack Obama,  Yes We Can!!

The violence and warfare - we do to one another
Does it matter how our children feel?
To fight against your enemy's to fight against your brother
We're One Human Family....that's for real!


Yes We Can!  That's what he's always said. Barack Obama!
Yes We Can! That's what he's always said. Barack Obama!


"Change" is the battlecry - to find a new solution
Everyone can lend a helping hand
All the nations 'round the earth will work to fight pollution
Barack Obama, Yes We Can!!

His background's international....color..black & white
Although America is his homeland
He's the champion for All people and he will do what's right
Barack Obama, Yes We Can!!

The violence and warfare - we do to one another
Does it matter how our children feel?
To fight against your enemy's to fight against your brother
We're One Human Family....that's for real!

(additional verses 2010...not on recording)
        "Don't Ask Don't Tell" - a policy he made to disappear
        Equal rights for all is our demand
        Noone in this country should be made to live in fear
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        Health Care is a service that we need for everyone
        His deep concern from when his term began
        Many tried before him - but Obama got it done
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

        Unemployment, poverty....both need elimination
        His words and deeds all tell us where he stands
        Raising up the standards of our childrens' education
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

        9/11 came and we saw the brave responders
        Saving people through the dust and sand
        Now there's legislation - ignoring them no longer
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        The world moves toward disarmament - nuclear reduction
        The building of more bombs is now banned
        Passage of the "S T A R T Bill"  limits their production
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        International harmony he's striving to attain
        Soon our troops will leave Afghanistan
        The image of America is back to "good" again
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        The industry for autos in this country is now back
        The best cars are not only from Japan
        With help they got from Washington - sales are back on track
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

(additional verses 2011)

        Committed to the goal that our country come together
        Just listen to his message from Tucson
        That words we say have consequences and may last forever
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can

        Inherited big problems from the last administration
        Solving them for us is why he ran
        We can "Win The Future!" ...his words of inspiration
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

        9/11 was the day when all the world was saddened
        The death of many by an evil man...but
        Then our president..caught Osama bin Laden
        .....Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!

         Yes We Can!
         That's what he's always said.
         Barack Obama!    ....We're Fired Up!!!
         Yes We Can!

         That's what he's always said.
         Barack Obama!


                         BARACK OBAMA...YES WE CAN

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Striving to be of Service to Humanity
by Promoting International Harmony through Music
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(c) 2/2/09 pm/kw

Thursday, February 10, 2011

DO YOU REALLY KNOW MALCOLM X?

This piece is dedicated to Malcolm's friend "Shorty", who was my cousin. Shorty's real name was Malcolm Jarvis and he shared the vision of Malcolm X in their pursuit of spirituality and justice while turning their lives around from negativity upon release from prison. He frequently spoke to young people giving them inspiration before he died in 1998. Shorty was also the father of the great jazz drummer, Clifford Jarvis. FYI: In the Malcolm X movie, Spike Lee portrayed Shorty although Shorty played trumpet, not saxophone. Phil

              lyrics by: phil morrison



Do you really know Malcolm?
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Do You really know Malcolm?
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz




Everywhere you go you see Malcolm on display
In Atlanta or Dallas, from New York to L.A.
His photos on a T-shirt, and you'll always see an "X"
But unless you know his message it's just a pretext

Do you really know Malcolm with his name on your clothes
Or is it just a fashion thing that comes and goes
Do you really know Malcolm or is his name just a word?
Same as others we've ignored like Coltrane & Bird

Do you really know Malcolm how he talked on economics?
And instead of knowin' dope we should know electronics
Do you really know Malcolm how he turned his life around
So no matter your condition, no one can keep you down!

Do you really know Malcolm, do you know his religion?
How it changed his life around when he found it in prison
Do you know what Malcolm said about drugs and alchohol?
'cause if you're messin' up you don't know him at all!


We can't forget our heroes & the people we admire...but
Do you really know Malcolm & why he was on fire?
When cities were decaying from racist neglect
Malcolm told us things we should never forget!


Like when the coffee's black, you know it's strong
And he'd tell you in a minute when you're doin' wrong
Develop your potential 'cause there's no limitation
And a good way to start is to get an education


"By any means necessary" he would say
To defend our people from the KKK!
But violence for Malcolm was not his game
His weapon of choice was using the brain


It wasn't enough just to talk that talk
Cause Malcolm wasn't jivin'..he was walkin' the walk
His message was for unity and don't depend on others
"Do for self, my sisters and brothers!"

He would tell us straight up about moral decline
It's not our culture to be dealing in crime
"Rise up my people" you would hear him say
"Respect the community, don't go astray"

Do you really know Malcolm when his movie's in style?
As if the message that he gave was only for a child
Do you really know Malcolm, how he lived his life
Using self-discipline and lots of sacrifice


Do you really know Malcom and his dignity?
When you curse your mom and grab your crotch for all the world to see
Do you really know Malcolm, wanna further his cause?
Learn about his values . don't be breakin' the laws


He'd shake up some people 'cause what he said was no joke
Check out his speeches and the books he wrote
But with all oppressed peoples he could surely relate
Then go up to Harvard and win a debate


The message he gave was mainly for us
We gotta help one another and that's a must
But helpin' don't come with drugs and a gun
Or gang-bangin' on a brother just for some fun


Let's remember Malcolm, keep his name on your lips
That "X" on your cap means you got to commit
If we acted like we knew what brother Malcolm said
We wouldn't kill each other..we'd unify instead


It ain't about slogans and walkin' round bad
Cause Malcolm was for real not just a fad
We gotta do him proud if we're gonna use his name
Cause some things that we're doin' would bring the brother shame


It takes a lot of heart in order to survive
If it wasn't for our spirit, we wouldn't be alive
Cause we're a noble people still strugglin' to be free
We came from kings and queens..check out our history


We should know by now there's nothing we can't do
Survival and pride has always brought us through
Just turn what you're doing in a positive direction
That's the surest way to make the Malcolm connection


Do you really know Malcom, that he was a family man
And a model for our young to be the best that they can
Do you really know Malcolm, how he traveled 'round the world
And he cared for all people, every boy every girl


Do you really know Malcolm at the Audubon Hall?
Where he sacrificed his life to give a wakeup call
Do you really know Malcolm, why his cause was just?
Let's respect our proud brother..he respected us!


For those who hear his name and say he stood for hate
Check him out just one more time - it's still not too late
Cause Malcolm was a man of peace and justice was his goal
You'll find he wanted harmony when all the truth is told

If you're really into Malcolm, and that's what you say
Learn all about the brother, don't go halfway!
Cause learnin' all you can, no matter what you find
Is what Malcom was about....developing the mind!
(c)1992 phil morrison

Click here to get information about Shorty's book.
He honored me by putting my photo on page 18 along with jazz great
Howard McGhee and jazz pianist and friend Walter Radcliffe.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Barack Obama - "Yes We Can"



music by: Phil Morrison, 
                  Keith Williams
words by: Phil Morrison

Click here to listen


Yes We Can! 
That's what he's always said.
Barack Obama!


Yes We Can! 
That's what he's always said. 
Barack Obama!


 

People 'round the world - cheer the mention of his name
You see there's something special in this man
From Paris to Beijing - the voices say the same
Barack Obama,  Yes We Can!!

You could feel the happiness - after his election
Peace between all nations is the plan
His words proclaim..World Unity.. is now the right direction
Barack Obama,  Yes We Can!!

The violence and warfare - we do to one another
Does it matter how our children feel?
To fight against your enemy's to fight against your brother
We're One Human Family....that's for real!


Yes We Can!  That's what he's always said. Barack Obama!
Yes We Can! That's what he's always said. Barack Obama!


"Change" is the battlecry - to find a new solution
Everyone can lend a helping hand
All the nations 'round the earth will work to fight pollution
Barack Obama, Yes We Can!!


His background's international....color..black & white
Although America is his homeland
He's the champion for All people and he will do what's right
Barack Obama, Yes We Can!!


The violence and warfare - we do to one another
Does it matter how our children feel?
To fight against your enemy's to fight against your brother
We're One Human Family....that's for real!

(additional verses 2010...not on recording)


        "Don't Ask Don't Tell" - a policy he made to disappear
        Equal rights for all is our demand
        Noone in this country should be made to live in fear
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!


        Health Care is a service that we need for everyone
        His deep concern from when his term began
        Many tried before him - but Obama got it done
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!


        Unemployment, poverty....both need elimination
        His words and deeds all tell us where he stands
        Raising up the standards of our childrens' education
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!


        9/11 came and we saw the brave responders
        Saving people through the dust and sand
        Now there's legislation - ignoring them no longer
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!


        The world moves toward disarmament - nuclear reduction
        The building of more bombs is now banned
        Passage of the "S T A R T Bill"  limits their production
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!


        International harmony he's striving to attain
        Soon our troops will leave Afghanistan
        The image of America is back to "good" again
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!


        The industry for autos in this country is now back
        The best cars are not only from Japan
        With help they got from Washington - sales are back on track
        Barack Obama.....Yes, We Can!

(additional verses 2011)

        Committed to the goal that our country come together
        Just listen to his message from Tucson
        That words we say have consequences and may last forever
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can

        Inherited big problems from the last administration
        Solving them for us is why he ran
        We can "Win The Future!" ...his words of inspiration
        Barack Obama....Yes, We Can!


         Yes We Can!
         That's what he's always said.
         Barack Obama!    ....We're Fired Up!!!
         Yes We Can!

         That's what he's always said.
         Barack Obama!


        (....to be continued as we approach the 2012 election....:-)

http://philtrio.blogspot.com (....Obama Song with original lyrics)

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by Promoting International Harmony through Music
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(c) 2/2/09 pm/kw

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

REMEMBERING DIZZY




words & music by 
Phil Morrison
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Afro Cuban rhythms groove - new harmonies are on the move
As sonic riffs dance on top - a classic music's born ....BEBOP!
With Bird he made this music grow - to heights where only giants go
Around the world this man got busy - with horn in hand they called him "Dizzy"

"Blowin' hard while cheeks inflate - from deep in his soul he'd create
Playin' notes fast and high - reachin' angels in the sky
Horn rim glasses he put in style - a french beret, a mischievous smile
With small goatee below his lip - no one can say he wasn't hip

But from the start he paid his dues - raised in the South where they lived the blues
He'd laugh and joke but Diz was tough - don't mess wit Diz, he'd take no stuff
Yet whenever you'd need a friend - Diz was there right to the end
Max, Moody, Mike Longo too - he was always there for you

In fact, he loved humanity - the planet earth was his country
Even in his band you'd find - people from all humankind
A master musician we can't deny - but don't forget Diz was a Baha'i
Which advocates WORLD UNITY - and Diz showed us how it should be!

                           c 1993 Phil Morrison 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PHILANTHROPY

 (160 Jazz Artists Mentioned)

                       words & music by   Phil Morrison    click to listen
Charlie Parker (Bird) & Dizzy Gillespis (Diz)
(1st Vocal Chorus-12 bar bebop blues tune)

 Here is a style of music that we offer you
 It was created by musicians who we are indebted to
 They were true pioneers....
 And the songs they played will last throughout the years....
 Even now they can be heard
Around the world they know the names of Dizzy and the Bird

(Rap/Verbal Verses)
1)Jazz! BeBop! -  more precious than gold
   Taste it! enjoy! - it's food for the soul
   The masters came and sang their song
   Armstrong, Duke...the list goes on
   Miles, Sarah, Bird & Diz
   Respect it people...tradition lives!

2)Race music, jazz, hip-hop, funk
   Check out Horace - groove on Monk
   Tatum, Blakey, Prez & 'Trane
   Creative giants fed the flame
   Wynton,Branford, the Brecker brothers
   The torch is now passed on to others

3)Ray Brown, Blanton, Pettiford, LaFarro
   Durham, Mitchell, Rodney, Navarro
   Congress says...a national treasure
   Dolphy, Moody....dig King Pleasure
   Clifford, Bud, Mingus, Max
   It's our culture...know the facts

4)Roots in Africa...feel that spirit
   Moves your heart when you hear it
   Dexter, Ammons...tenors talkin'
   Percy, Pederson...basses walkin'
   Movin', groovin' - what's in a name?
   Bebop, blues...the roots are the same

5)Oscar, Milt...just down home swingin'
   That eternal groove is what they're bringin'
   Payton, Redman, McBride & Green
   Burnin' young lions are new on the scene
   While Chick & Herbie contemporize
   Reachin' the young...opening eyes

6)Garner, Shearing, Wilson, Waller
   Bechet & Bix...who's to follow
   Strayhorn writes - Hodges plays
   An era gone...their spirit stays
   Whitfield, Scofield, Metheny, Malone
   But Wes Montgomery still holds the throne

                     (2nd Vocal Chorus)

                      Back in the forties when this music had begun
                      You never knew how great this music would eventually become
                      Very few would accept it....
                      New York City was the place where they would play
                      And even there some would reject it
                      This classic music Bebop that should always be respected
    

7)Elvin, Tony, Higgins, Haynes
   Webb, Jones, Rich & Payne
   Bishin', bashin' - snares & toms
   Brushin' with feathers...droppin' bombs
   Gomez, Sam, Buster, Ron
   Your BASSic bottom's goin' strong

8)Cedar, Barry, Bishop, Barron
   Evans, McCoy, Jarrett, McPherrin
   Garland, Flanagan, Kelly with Miles
   Ornette & Desmond...opposite styles
   Henderson, Lavano improvise....
   Phineas Newborn would mesmerize

9)Griffin, Konitz, - Rivers, Lateef
   Shorter, Woods, Byas & Heath
   Swingin', singin' saxophone
   Giant Steps...In A Mellow Tone
   Coleman Hawkins paved the way
   For Sonny Rollins to have his say

10)Benny Carter standing tall
   Stitt, Getz, Cannonball
   Basie's band - pure hard swing
   Dig Freddie Green do his thing
   Chambers, McClean, Philly Joe
   New York City was the place to go

                     (3rd Vocal Chorus)

                      Look at the kinds of music that they teach in school
                      And you will find that classic European seems to be the rule
                      We need Jazz to be taught there
                      It originated in the USA
                      So let's preserve this worthy art
                      Paying tribute to the ones who paid their dues right from the start
    

11)Cassandra, Diane, Tierney & Krall
   Nat and Ella ...the standard for all
   Hartman, Eckstine.... Nancy, Dinah
   Dee Dee, Betty...nothing finer
   Carmen, Christy, Connors, O`Day
   Check out Billie Holiday

12)Sun Ra, Cecil, Ayler, Shepp
   A peek OUTSIDE is what you get
   Shaw, Little, Rodney, Blue
   Donaldson, McPherson, Haig & Drew
   Al, Zoot, Hinton, Slam
   You say "let's"...they say "jam"

13)East coast groove - way out west
   Hampton Hawes passed the test
   Wardell, Edwards, Morgan, Land
   Criss, Clark and the Vinegar man
   Jamal, JJ and Mulligan too
   Brubeck, Baker and the MJQ

14)Can`t no-one say that jazz is dead
   Throughout the world this music spread
   Grappelli, Toots and Marian knew
   Airto, Flora and Zawinul too
   Brazil, Europe and even Japan
   Where Sadao and Toshiko had a band

15)BB and T-Bone ... singing the blues
   Brothers and sisters - payin' dues
   Here at home they faced rejection
   'Cause they wore the wrong complexion
   Who defines what music`s  "Legit"
   Is "jazz" a word that doesn't fit?

16)Remember those who came this way
   To move the hearts when they play
   We named a few - there's many more
   It's serious music we can't ignore
   Neglected in its land of birth
   But it's respected around the earth!!

                       (4th Vocal Chorus)

                       Now that you've heard this composition that we've played
                       Please remember who the masters were-the history they made
                       Let's expose them to others
                       It's our culture and we look at them with pride
                       They were sisters and our brothers
                       Deserving recognition that so long has been denied

                       .....PHILANTHROPY!   click to listen 
                      (c) 2001 Phil Morrison

Thursday, January 13, 2011

HIS MESSAGE: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


words:  Phil Morrison   music:  Ron Zack 


We shall overcome... We shall overcome, someday...

  You wonder why with so much need there's not enough concern
   The problems of the world affect us all
   The poverty, the wars, the hate - will we ever learn
   Those barriers between us have to fall

    But every now and then you'll find that someone comes along
    Who reminds us of our moral obligation
    Humanity will not survive if we keep on doing wrong
    This goes for every person, every nation

(chorus)
              His Message was for love and peace
              And justice he would cry
             The racism and wars must cease
              His dream must never die

    People proud marched to the song "we shall overcome"
    Arm in arm in unity they'd sing (and)
    The voice behind this movement was known by everyone
    That special man - Martin Luther King

    "I have a dream" this man proclaimed as he rose to take a stand
     To bring about  some change in this great nation
     And when he spoke you'd always hear the voice of a fearless man
     His  words would give us hope and inspiration

 (chorus)     His Message was for love and peace
                  And justice he would cry
                  The racism & wars must  cease
                   His dream must never die

 (bridge)  Why can't the people of the world be unified forever
               Or do we have to share the pain before we come together
               The welfare of our children and their future are at stake
               So should we look for answers now or leave it up to fate?

  (chorus)    His Message was for love and peace
                   And justice he would cry
                   The racism and wars must cease
                   His dream must never die.....

                                (c)zack/morrison