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
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
Lawrence Watson, Desmond Scaife, Jr. (on Man in the Mirror)
Ashwa Marshall, Kristina Waller, Desmond Scaife, Jr.
Richard Dye, Jack Sheehan, Pedro Moreno, Pat Loomis, Daniel Sagastume
VanDarrel Woods, Arnetta Johnson
Rob Krahn, Marial Austin
Ethan Anderson-Carter, Tania Mesa, Jordan Pettis, Dominika Hwang
Alvin Foster, Utar Artun
Desmond Scaife, Jr.
RECORDING AND MIXING ENGINEER
ATTORNEY FOR SAVEOURSELVES
Bonnie Berry LaMon, Attorney at Law, B2L Entertainment Law
FEATURED SOLOISTSMaria Austin, Utar Artun, Tabari Lake, Slaven Ljujic (Another Part of Me)Pat Loomis (When Sunny Gets Blue)Arnetta Johnson (Tenderly)
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 -
Love Ballad -
ultimate love song for endorphin rush
Lush Life -
sedative for excesses, aging and loving too much
for empathy and sympathy/seeing challenges in yourself and others
Guess Who I Saw Today -
controlling anger/assertive training
I Still Want You -
faith as an integral part of being
cultivating your softer side
When I Get Home -
preparing for transition and forgiveness
Utar Artun, Desmond Scaife, Jr.
Tabari Lake, Minjae Yim