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Sankofa! He has done it again! The medicine man, Lawrence Watson, the truest keeper of the tradition that I know of, has provided Prescriptions. Not art for art’s sake, but music for the healing and restoration of the human spirit. 

Educated in the tradition of our musician priest, Larry has used refined senses and ancestral knowledge to identify the medicine present in our musical environment; from pop to jazz to spirituals. In keeping with African traditions of healing, he has activated the medicinal power contained in each song through his Word Power. Watson as the elder has called together the ancestors, the forces of nature and the will of the Almighty in this sacred record(re-cord). The circle is unbroken.

Sankofa! The spirit of Truth is reborn. The message is clear. Through God’s power, self-reflection, love, intimate communication and harmony with what is natural, we can and must save ourselves.

~Philip Doran Bailey
Berklee alumnus and vocalist/percussionist for Earth, Wind & Fire

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

All of my steps have been ordered. I have never followed the rules, doing everything “ass backwards”. I went from prison (as a teacher, not an inmate) to the Ivy League. I sang in night clubs weekly and then dropped it all and returned to the scene of the crime as a full-time faculty member. I have been teaching on the stages of the world for years.  

It is called “edu-tainment”.

 

I have funded the production of three successful CDs on “shoestring” budgets. Special thanks goes to Paula Gallitano who stuck with me and put in more hours than you can imagine, Alvin Foster who has been a rock and wore many hats, Utar Artun for some incredibly fresh arrangements and Desmond Scaife, Jr. who “stood watch” making sure we kept it real. A special thank you to Mike Moss who always made things right at Soundscape Studios. 

 

I thank and still love Johnny Mathis, Jeffrey Osborne, and all the Motown acts. Thank you Johnny Hartman, all the male R&B groups, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach, Walter and Tramaine Hawkins and the Hawkins Family, Ashford & Simpson, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, in particular, Sarah Vaughan and all the traditional church singers. I honor the thousands of musicians who studied their craft and never received the credit they were so deserving. I thank all the great musicians I have had the honor to share the stage with over a 40-plus-year musical career. 

 

I dedicate this CD to my Mother Thelma Watson and my dear friend Professor Charles Ogletree, both still going strong. I also miss my support system, but each day I get a sign that they are watching over me. I call on the spirit of Steward Bialer, Dorothy Donegan, Dr. Loretta Williams, Yasko Kubota, and Carmel Reese-Harris. 
 

“I am because we are.”

I mourn each day our murdered children all over this country.

Lawrence “Larry” Watson
 

PRESCRIPTIONS

CREDITS

LEAD VOCALS 

Lawrence Watson, Desmond Scaife, Jr. (on Man in the Mirror) 

 

BACKING VOCALS

Ashwa Marshall, Kristina Waller, Desmond Scaife, Jr.

 

WOODWINDS 

Richard Dye, Jack Sheehan, Pedro Moreno, Pat Loomis, Daniel Sagastume
 

TRUMPETS 

VanDarrel Woods, Arnetta Johnson
 

TROMBONES 

Rob Krahn, Marial Austin
 

VIOLINS 

Ethan Anderson-Carter, Tania Mesa, Jordan Pettis, Dominika Hwang

ORCHESTRAL ARRANGERS 

Alvin Foster, Utar Artun
 

VOCAL ARRANGER 

Desmond Scaife, Jr.
 

PRODUCER

Paula Gallitano
 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Lawrence Watson
 

RECORDING AND MIXING ENGINEER

Michael Moss
 

MASTERING ENGINEER 

Gil Tamazyan
 

ATTORNEY FOR SAVEOURSELVES 

Bonnie Berry LaMon, Attorney at Law, B2L Entertainment Law

Group

 

FEATURED SOLOISTSMaria Austin, Utar Artun, Tabari Lake, Slaven Ljujic (Another Part of Me)Pat Loomis (When Sunny Gets Blue)Arnetta Johnson (Tenderly)

TRACKS

 

SONG LIST AND DESCRIPTIONS

 

When Sunny Gets Blue
for mood disorders

 

Another Part of Me
group therapy medicine/we are all in this together

 

Man in the Mirror
personal accountability 

 

Love Ballad
ultimate love song for endorphin rush

 

Lush Life
sedative for excesses, aging and loving too much

 

Wildflower
for empathy and sympathy/seeing challenges in yourself and others

 

Guess Who I Saw Today
infidelity elixir 

 

Alfie
controlling anger/assertive training

 

I Still Want You
faith as an integral part of being

 

Tenderly -

cultivating your softer side
 

When I Get Home -

preparing for transition and forgiveness 

VIOLA 

Gerson Eguiguren
 

CELLO

Marta Roma
 

DOUBLE BASS

Alexander Trampas

PIANO/KEYBOARDS 

Utar Artun, Desmond Scaife, Jr.
 

GUITAR

Dokun Oke
 

BASS 

Tabari Lake, Minjae Yim
 

DRUMS 

Slaven Ljujic