America is plagued by gun violence and mass shootings. Within the last month alone we experienced 11 shooting deaths at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and then 12 more shooting deaths in California.
Robert felt that he needed to do something as an artist in response to this madness. So he wrote “Tree Of Life (Dedicated To the Victims)”. It’s a broad plea for peace, sanity and gun control. Although written in the immediate aftermath of the synagogue massacre, it’s truly a response to all these horrible acts of violence.
The song is spare, mournful, haunting, and affecting, recorded with only voice and piano. Robert thanks his band mates Ziarra Washington (singer) and Baden Goyo (piano) for their outstanding contributions to the song.
Robert’s objective is to call further attention to these mass tragedies, to aid in the national healing process, and to raise money for the families of the victims. 100% of the proceeds from the song will be contributed to these families.
You can listen to the song by clicking on the video link below, on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6Ye9hQQ90lY, or by clicking on the Soundcloud link below:
And if you’re inspired to do so please make a donation to the GoFundMe campaign for the victims:
Please feel free to forward the song or the link.
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Robert’s been furiously writing new material for the band, and we will debut the new songs on Nov. 30 and again on Dec. 8 at one of our favorite NYC clubs - The Groove in Greenwich Village. It's a cool, intimate room with a great sound and a great vibe. Hope to see you there!
We performed at 7 festivals during the summer season: Jazz In The Park (AL), Rhythm & Rhymes (MI), Silda Jazz (Norway), Nisville Jazz (Serbia), Summer’s Not Over Yet (NJ), Shoreline Jazz (MI) and Jazz, Funk & Blues (CT). We’re looking forward to more next year.