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Wayne Shorter Lyrics

(music - Wayne Shorter)
(lyrics - Kitty Margolis)

Thousands of years before history recorded
Deep in the jungle a woman stepped on wet clay
And the print remained there
Future reminder of ages ago

Many lives later a traveler crossed the same path
Under the vines he saw traces of that footprint
Silent testimony
Spiritual journey begun long ago

Eons of changes, illusion of some progress
Fearfulness leading us further from the soul power
Known in early ages
When nature's heartbeat rang loud on the earth

The key to our freedom lies not just in our thinking
The ancient intuition that's buried deep within us
Is waiting to be set free
The creator's gift to her children must flow

We call on the past now to show us where to go
We're closer to then than we may want to show
We're closer to then than we may really know
Ancient footprints

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As of this writing in 2020 all four of these players are still alive! This is truly a stunning fact. You’d be hard pressed to find a vintage Blue Note album with all the participants still alive in 2020, I somehow doubt there is one outside of this.

Fred Landes

still the case in 0ctober, 2022.

Derrick McGhee

Gtb. D

Robert Hemingway Jr


Apostolis Paspalakis

My Father is a jazz musician and used to talk to me about all the greats in Jazz. I was a a metal head since i was a kid. Always listened to metal music like Megadeth, Periphery, Meshuggah etc and couldn't quite connect with Jazz, although i always respected and kept close what my father was trying to teach me. I'm a Musician like he is. I play a few instruments and i'm a singer but also a songwriter at home. One day i was looking for inspiration, but not in music. I was in a weird place emotionally (like all musicians/artists are at some point. We've been through a lot in most cases haha) Low and behold i accidentally run into "Wise One" by John Coltrane. The beauty of that song brought a tear to my eye. I felt like it opened a door in my mind to a room i didn't know existed, that was a huge part of me that was missing. From then on, i decided i also wanted to pick up the sax. I did. Since then, its been my main instrument now accompanying voice and guitar. Then, i ran into this gentleman. The connection to this style of music just got stronger. What else can i say. Pure genius and creativity. I feel like i missed out on a lot and i completely understand now what my father was talking about. Jazz, to me, feels like a conversation between musicians were the subconscious emotions of each individual can be expressed without words. Hidden pain and happiness expressed to each other on stage in real time. It's been done before in other styles as well, but there is just something about it in jazz. It can't be found anywhere else. It almost feels like a grounding effect. It helps me realize there's nothing special about me. We all have pain, happiness, heartbreak etc. Not being special is a relief! I've lived a better and happier life realizing that. ESPECIALLY in today's society. Sorry for the rant! i don't usually comment. I was just inspired. Beautiful song!

Will Ac

Thanks for sharing fellow human, I cannot relate more to your personal experience 🎼🤍 it gives me so much peace to know that there are curious souls aroubd this planet

Book Davies

Kinda been there myself. Metalhead too, and I know the black hole of depression. Took 20 years off fr playing bass. I'm 57 now, and I'm coming back. This time I want to play some cool stuff. Not that metal isn't cool, but I'm feeling some jazz standards now. It's always been there waiting for me, time to get this train rolling. Got a new five string. If i can get a grip on some jazz, I'm gonna put together a little group

Diego Díaz

Thank you 506's girl for showing me this!

Marc Adler


David Cox

If you played bari sax you could say that you play heavy metal. ;- ) I love jazz too. Good story. Not a rant.

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