Is Anybody Listening? – The CD

Starring
Jenny Burton and Julia Wade

with (from left) Freedom Bremner, Brian Collazo, Tanesha Gary, Elle Green

(from left) Solange Prat, Jonathan Singletary, Anne Fraser Thomas

"It’s a bone-chilling soul-searching arousal of humanity and its ability to survive and thrive. EVERYBODY should be listening!"

Laurie Lawson

Critic, Electronic Link Journey

“I am still full of the joy … The songs … spoke to us to savor our souls and our planet.  Thank you for allowing me to experience such work. Peter Link is a musical genius!”

Charles Turner

Audience Member, NYC

IS ANYBODY LISTENING? was such an intense, emotional and inspirational evening. All of the elements came together so perfectly and for such a noble purpose.

Brent Nicholson Earle

Audience Member, NYC

“WOW! I had tears running down my cheeks … Thank you. Peter, accolades for all you created with your music."

Dr. Barbara Keller

Audience Member, Merritt Island, FL

"Is Anybody Listening" is a deeply personal search into the concept of Listening -- not only listening to music, but also listening to each other, to one's own heart, to the lessons of one's own past, and ultimately, listening to God.  It explores this through my own personal insights discovered over a half century of songwriting and 13 of my favorite songs written over a lifetime of composition."

Peter Link

Composer, Is Anybody Listening?

Just imagine a musical experience designed to lift people’s thought to a higher sense of awareness and healing countering the downward pull of negative energies we all encounter in the world today.

Is Anybody Listening? is a clarion call to the world to pay attention. Once we’ve got your attention, we take an in depth and inspiring look at how these issues can be healed spiritually by inspiring mankind to live in a higher state of consciousness.

It’s a Concert and Webcast, designed as a live concert piece that premiered, Live from New York, September 22nd of 2016 and ran for 4 performances through October 4th.

The production featured the award-winning performances of Jenny Burton and Julia Wade along with a cast of 7 top NY vocalists and the music of million selling record producer and composer, Peter Link.

We videotaped the last two shows. This is the live sound track from those two performances plus a bonus song written and recorded since.

1. Is Anybody Listening?

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link
Betty (V.O.)Yeah, well Arthur, here’s what I really wanted to tell you.  I think that …Arthur (interrupting)Honestly Betty, I just don’t want to hear it!  You don’t even ..(She hangs up on him.)
We listen best in silence.  But in the rush of our lives, in the noise of our every day, we become immune to the cacophony around us.  And instead, we strap on those headphones … 
and listen to the music … 

We listen to the music!  

But do we hear it? Yeah, we hear it, but do we listen?

Listen up, people!Bring on de Bass Rhythm guitarThe clavPiano manMemphis horns
Now listen to the ... Listen to the ... Listen to the voices in your head Listen to the things your daddy saidWhen upon his lap you satAnd wondered at his mustache
We're you lis'ning?Listen up!Is anybody listening? Is anybody listening? C'mon give it up peopleListen up peopleCan you hear me?Ya' got to listen with your heart and soul Listen to the way it used to beWhen you sat upon yo’ daddy’s kneeHangin’ on his ev’ry little wordHe was sayin’
Listen to his voice inside yo’ headListen to the things yo’ daddy readWhen upon his lap you sat and wondered atThe tales he told that set your mind on fireWe're ya’ lis’nin’? 
Yeah!Did ja’ listen when Jiminy wished upon a star?  Did ja’ really listen when you wentTo Where The Wild Things Are?Did ja’ listen to Goodnight Moon?Or when that crazy little mouse saved that mighty lion?Or when a hot Prince CharmingSaved that chick from dyin’
Yeah!Yeah way back then we hung on ev’ry word But now ain’t nobody knows what they heard
Is anybody listening?Is anybody listening?C'mon give it up peopleListen up peopleCan you hear me? Ya' got to listen with your heart and soulListen to the butterfly wigs and their flutteringsThrough the air Listen with your eyesListen with your soulListen with the wholeness of your being
Oh Later on about high school things began to changeEverybody yellin’ at us what we couldAnd could not doWe tuned out an’ we just shut downAt last we got outta the house an’ left it all behind usAn’ now we pay no mind to all things that remind usYeah way back then we turned an’ walked awayAn’ now ain’t nobody hears what we say
Is anybody listening? Turn back on your mindIs anybody listening? You’re runnin’ out of time
JJ Jump on the moment Do you hear me? Live in it People do you hear me?Ya' got to listen with your heart and soulListen to the pertinent things And to paupers and kings be there
Listen to all creationListen to your imaginationCuz that will take you anywhere
Listen upListen upListen to the …Listen to the music!
Listen to the rhythm of yer shoesListen to the brainchilds of yo museEven in the funk that’s in yer bluesThere is musicYer in the music
Listen to yer breathing as you moveListen to the backbeat of yo’ grooveListen to yer soul an’ baby you’veGot the music
Is anybody listening? Anybody, anybodyIs anybody listening?JB Check it out! Is anybody listening? JB Ya’ gotta simply stop an’ listenIs anybody listening?
Is anybody listening? Ya’ want us to turn it up?Is anybody listening?OK, we’ll make it a little louder …Is anybody listening? How’s dat?Is anybody listening? Loud enuf?
Is anybodyAnybodyAnybody …Listening?

2. Tear Down the House

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Hmm yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Once and for all yeah we built it
Built it from a mighty stone
Through heaven 'n' hell yeah we built it
We built it to stand the test of time
All of mankind helped us build it
It stood for all the good we've known
But something happened along the way
Something happened along the way
Something managed to slip away for good

Now we gotta tear down the house
Better build it back up on a higher ground
Oh yeah tear down the house
Tear it up and start it again
But if we're gonna tear down the house
We got to love and guard life
Yeah we gotta change this hard life
Before we build again
before we build again

Tear it up
Huh huh yeah we gotta tear it up
Break it down 'n' start it again
Tear it up
Huh huh yeah we gotta rip it up
Break it down 'n' start it again

Once and for all yeah we'll build it build it
Build it for the child in you
build it for the child in you
Innocent hearts now will build it build it
They'll build it for all the world to use
for all the world to use
Once in the past those who built it
Did the things they had to do
(with the highest intentions in view)
But something happened along the way
Something happened along the way
Something managed to go astray it's true

And now we gotta tear down the house
Better build it back up on a higher ground
Oh yeah tear down the house
Tear it up and start it again
If we're gonna tear down the house
We must respect and guard life
Yeah we gotta change this hard life
Before we build again
before we build again
before we build again

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
What have we done in the name of love
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
What have we done in the name of love
What have we borne with the richest of dreams
With the wisest of schemes
That has turned to a travesty
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
What have we done in the name of love

Huh huh we built a tower of corruption
Huh huh for a den of thieves
Huh huh in a house of ill repute
Huh huh yeah it's hard to believe
Huh huh we built a pillar of injustice
Huh huh on a cornerstone of lies
Huh huh with a bogotified foundation
Huh huh an' now we can't believe our eyes

It's a shanty it's a shack
It's a flop house it's a dump
For a blinkie in the gutter
For a skeezer for a chump
It's a world of confusion
It's a city of sin
Yeah it's a tower of corruption
An' it's easy to get in

An' we built it
We built it
An' now what have we done in the name of love
We built it
We built it
An' now what have we done in the name of love

We're the architect of ruin
The builder of jive
The designer of catastrophe
The last to survive
Fire is our symbol
Our medium is rust
Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust

The word in the streets is 'demolition'
It's a wrecking ball party
It's a holy mission
So flatten it flatten it
Level it level it
Bring it to the ground
Roll up your sleeves
An' tear the damned thing down

Yeah tear down the house
Cause the moment it falls
We all will then rise up
Tear down the house
Better build it back up on a higher ground
Oh yeah tear down the house
Cause the moment it falls
We all will then rise up
Tear down the house
Better build it back up on a higher ground
Oh yeah tear down the
Tear down the
Tear down the house!!!

3. How Are We Raising Our Sons

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Walking home
From streetlight to streetlight
Heartbeat to heartbeat
Watching the shadows
Holding God’s hand
And knowing I walk not alone

Yet anxious
These butterflies here in the pit of my stomach
Are turning my heart to stone

And the fear that comes over me
On the window, tapping
Chilling me down to the bone
Should never have breathed
Its cold breath on my shoulder
Following …
Following me home

Breathless I wonder
Why is this happening?
What have I done to deserve …?
No! The fault is not mine
They are the ones
Mothers and Fathers
People of Earth
How Are We Raising Our Sons?
How Are We Raising Our Sons?
[Interlude]
Passing by
The boys on their lunch break
Whistling and taunting
Courage in numbers
Having “their fun”
With me as I stare straight ahead

Such cowardice
Though I wonder which one of them
Might have presumption
To actu’lly follow me home

And the thought that burns into me
Is that how can any man
Take just whatever he wants?
And why be so spoiled
And so disrespectful
Casting stones
And following me home?

Sadly I ask you
Why must we bend to you?
What have we done to deserve …?
No! The fault is not ours
You are the ones
Mothers, and fathers
Look to yourselves
How are we raising our sons?
How are we raising our sons?

Look to yourselves
Look to your children
Look to the things that are taught
This attack on my innocence
Is the essence of avarice
So look to the things in your thought

Look to yourselves
Look to your children
Look to the things that are taught
This attack on my innocence
Is the essence of avarice
So look to the things in your thought

Look to yourselves
Look to your children
Look to the things that are taught
This attack on my innocence
Is the essence of avarice
So look to the things in your thought

Before all that we live for comes undone
Look upon these

And ask yourselves, please
“How am I raising my son?”

4. Rap #4

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Change is what’s called for
Change is imperative
Progress is a joke without change

However

Change is onerous
Change is awkward
Yeah change brings a mountain of strife
But Life sits at a standstill without change
An’ thank God

Change is the law of life
Ever’body talkin’ ‘bout changin’ the world
Ya’ oughta put them changes up on the shelves
Cuz all you do-gooders out there got it all wrong

First we gotta be changin’ ourselves
That’s right
First we gotta be changin’ ourselves
Before we go changin’ de world
First we gotta be changin’ ourselves

First we gotta be changin’ ourselves
Yeah
First we gotta be changin’ ourselves
Before we go changin’ de world
First we gotta be changin’ ourselves

5. The Times They Are A-Changin'

Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan

Come gather 'round people
Where ever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a’changin'

Change change
Change change
Change change
Change change

Come writers and critics
Who prophesy with your pens
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who that it's namin'
For the loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a’changin'

Come senators congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside and it's ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a’changin'

Change
Oh oh oh
Change
Oh oh oh
Change
It's a change of life
Oh it’s a change of life
Oh it’s a change of life

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you don't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are
The times they are
The times they are a’changin'
Yes the times they are a’changin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
There's a battle outside
So please heed the call
Cuz the times they are a’changin'

6. South Africa

Zulu Translations by Jimmy Mgwandi

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Speakers: Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama

We come from Soweto
We come from a great confusion
We come from the ghetto
We look to South Africa
We look to South Africa

We come from Zimbabwe
We come from the streets of Harlem
We come from a new age
We know where the times have gone
So we go where the lines are drawn
We come
We come from Botswanna
We come
We come from a deep frustration
We come
We come from Atlanta
We look
We look to South Africa
Yes we look
We look to South Africa

Ah there I see in the great Serenghetti
The hope of our ancestors
Standing before me
I see in the ancient still mountains
And shining blue waters
The strength of Mandela

And still in the shanties of Capetown
The voices of children sing
"power to the people" Amandla awaytu
"power to the people" Amandla awaytu
"power to the people" awaytu
We come
We come from Uganda
We come
We come from the mask of slavery
We come
We come from South Central
We look
We look to South Africa
Yes we look
We look to South Africa

And now we look to the slums of Pretoria
To show us the way
As the straw shows the way of the wind
For there in the mood of South Africa
Lies a measure of truth
The writing is there on the wall
Where it always has been

We come from the bread lines
We come from the blackboard jungles
We rise from the confines
Impelled by the hand of God
We look
We look to South Africa

Ah and I see upon Kilamanjaro
The souls of our forefathers
Standing before us
The mem'ries of Medgar
And Malcolm and Martin
Run deep in our blood
The fires of apartheid
Still burn through the tears screaming
"power to the people" Amandla awaytu

"power to the people" Amandla awaytu
"power to the people" awaytu

We come from Soweto
We come
We come from the Zulu nation
We come from the ghetto
And now we are here
We look to South Africa Oomzahntsi Africa
We look to South Africa Oomzahntsi Africa

Oomzahntsi Africa We look to South Africa
Oomzahntsi Africa We look to South Africa

Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Hiee hiee hiee
Ah su gah mahn!

Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Hiee hiee hiee
Ah su gah mahn!

Geen goo bah nee me
Nah gahn gah
Pahn dleh gko baba

Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Hiee hiee hiee
Ah su gah mahn!
Gee ah bongah weh baba
Gee ah bongah weh baba
Gee ah bongah weh baba
Gee ah bongah weh baba
Gee nee geze incooluleco
Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Amandla awaytu
Hiee hiee hiee
Ah su gah mahn!
Oom zahn tsi afreeca
Hiee Hiee Hiee

We come from the bread lines
We come from the blackboard jungles
We rise from the confines
Impelled by the hand of God

We come from Soweto
We come from the Zulu nation
We come from the ghetto
We look to South Africa
We look to South Africa!

Translations by Jimmy Mgwandi

A-man-dla a-way-tu (power to the people)
Oom- zahn-tsi A-fri-ca (down in South Africa)
Hiee hiee hiee hiee (whispered then shouted)

Geen-goo-bah-nee-me
Nah-gahn-gah
Pahn-dleh-gko-bah-bah (who am I without God and freedom)

Gee-nee-geze in-coo-lu--le-co (give me freedom)

Gee-ah-bongah-weh-baba (I thank you Lord)

Coo-lu--le-co coo-lu--le-co (freedom freedom)

Gee-foo-nah in-coo-lu-le-co
ku-beh-hi-mee-nuh (I want the freedom to be mine)

In-coo-lu-le-co in-nu-nu (freedom is running naked)

7. Water

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Rain – A shower, a deluge, a thunderstorm.

From the blackness the following words appear over the Intro.

Where there is no water,
there is no life.

The words fade to black and we hear the sounds of water slowly fading in. Again, from the blackness the following words appear.

Water is the essential building block
of all life on Earth.

Once again, the words fade to black and now we hear the music begin -- intermingling with the sounds of thunder and an approaching rain storm. Again, from the blackness the following words appear.

Water is what makes our planet unique.

The music rises. From the blackness the clouds begin to form. We hear more thunder mingling with the sounds of the music. Again, the following words appear.

We forget that the water cycle
and the life cycle
are one.
~Jacques Cousteau

We first see beautiful visuals of the cycle of water in its pure form -- first as clouds, then as rain that gathers into streams that flow to rivers that move over waterfalls and rush onward to the seas.

Then the mists rise off the oceans as the sun pulls the waters back into the clouds to complete the cycle.

The earth is 70% water.

And then …

Man is 70% water.

Omi Lenia
(Water and Man are the same.)

As seen from the beauty of the presentation, we know that this is the way it’s supposed to work -- the way nature intended it to be. All of this is musically underscored. Now, pictorially we move into visuals of the multifarious uses of water in our lives. The following song plays through all this.

All the water there will be,
Already is ...

The very same water in the apple you eat
May have fallen as rain
Half-way 'round the world
Or could have been used
A hundred million years ago
By a mighty mama brontosaur
To bathe her baby girl

Omi omi omi
Lenia

The very same water
That is wetting your lips
May have flowed through the streets
Down in New Orleans
Or flowed down the cheeks
And spilled upon the piano keys
As the brilliant Tchaikovsky sat
And wrote his Pathétique.

Did ja’ know that
Here on this rock
As we journey through time
We live by the grace of water
For it bears within its essence
This miracle of life
And infuses this life into the world

One part oxygen
And two parts hydrogen
Put ‘em both together an’ whadda you got
Clean
Clear and cool
Pure water

[Interlude
[Water
Life giving water]

Yes the very same water
When you’re scrubbin’ the floor
May have once cooled a bluebell
In the morning sun
Then swam the Amazon
From the Andes to the waiting sea
Then it fought the great Chicago fire
In foiled futility

Water and man
Since time began
Go hand in hand
Yes they do

Yes the very same water
That grows the cocoa bean
And brings the sweet taste of chocolate
To the hungry world
May be the mystery
That carries forth the seed of life
As it brings to pass the life and times
That spring from you and me

Knowing now that
Here on this rock
As we try to find our way
We live by the grace of water
For it bears within its essence
This miracle of life
And infuses this life into the world

One part oxygen
And two parts hydrogen
Put ‘em both together an’ whadda you got
Clean
Clear and cool
Pure water

Water
Water
Life giving water
We drink it
We swim it
It powers our world
We bathe in it
We travel it

One part oxygen
And two parts hydrogen
Put ‘em both together an’ whadda you got
Clean
Clear and cool
Pure water

Water
Life giving water

Water
Life giving water

Water
Life giving water

Water
Life giving water

Slow fade to black. During the fade comes the words:
Save the water; save the world

8. Lead Me to The Water

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Lead me to the water
The spirit's got me burnin'
Take me through the fire
Feel the world turnin'
Shakin' off the ashes to a higher mind

Lead me to the water
Got to go an' get it
Deep inside this body
Just lay back an' let it
Wash away the ashes to a higher mind

Nothin' can stop me now
Cause the spirit's within me
No nothin's gonna stop me now
I know
I always have been free

So lead me to the water
Just can’t live without it
Ain’t no doubt about it
Got to climb up higher
Climb up through the fire to a higher mind

Nothin' can stop me now
Cause the spirit's within me
No nothin's gonna stop me now
I know
I always have been free

Lead me to the water
I got a fire shut up in my bones
Lead me to the water
I got a fire shut up in my bones
Lead me to the water
I got a fire shut up in my bones
Lead me to the water
I got a fire shut up in my bones
Lead me to the water

9. A Still Small Voice

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

There is something in the stillness
Calling softly to me
Even though I'm all alone
And the sound is like nothing
I've ever heard or seen
And it's calling from the deep unknown

Then the mountains move
And the cold wind roars
And the fire fills the sky
But temptation always passes by

Leaving something in the stillness
Calling softly to me
'Woman don't you run and hide
You shall not be afraid
You can trust in me
If you listen to the voice inside'

"When the mountains move
And the cold wind roars
And the fire fills the sky
The temptation always passes by
If you listen to me'

It's a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Calling to me

It's a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Calling to me

There is something in the silence
When I quiet my mind
And the water's rolling over me
And the hush it is endless
And the song runs free
And the voice is like a melody

And the time shall come
When the choice is made
And the voice deep inside
Will stay with me and be my guide
Through the waters ahead

It's a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Calling to me

It's a still small voice
Oh a still small voice
Can you hear it?
It's a still small voice calling to me
Can you hear it calling?

10. Who Will Heal the World
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link Well here we are Now at last together Here we are Soldiers seekers healers are we What brings us to this mountain top? What questions lie upon your tongues? Tell me all about it What questions lie upon your tongues? Who will heal the world? Who will save the children? Who will cleanse the waters of the earth? Who will heal the world? Who will stir the ashes? Who will bring the barren land to birth? Who will rescue the fallen man? Mend the broken hearted Build the families Give back the dignity That's now been taken away? Who will heal the world? Who will bridge the waters? Who will break the barriers between man? Now you know the answer lies with God But the task he gives to me So send me up to the mountain top Send me into the valley below Send me out into the wilderness Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am Who will heal the world? Who will end the famine? Who is there to multiply the loaves? Now you know the power lies with God But the hour belongs to you So send me up to the mountain top Send me into the valley below Send me out into the wilderness Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am Send me into the prison yards Send me into the heart of danger Send me out into the battleground Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am Send me into the broken homes Send me out into the asphalt jungles Send me deep into the troubled sea Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am Send me into intensive care Send me where the people are dying There my brothers will be set free Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am So send me up to the mountain top Send me into the valley below Send me out into the wilderness Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am Send me into the prison yards Send me into the heart of danger Send me out into the battleground Here I am send me Here am I send me Here I am Send me into the broken homes Send me out into the asphalt jungles Send me deep into the troubled sea Here I am Who will heal the world? Here am I send me Who will heal the world? Here am I send me I am a healer I'm a seeker I'm a fire I am a healer I'm a seeker I'm a fire I am a healer I'm a seeker I'm a fire Here am I send me!!!
11. Let Love Find the Way

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Standing in the shadows
Wondering what happened
Nothing but heartache
Defines this moment of life
Looking for a reason
Looking for a rhyme
It’s all over
You’re through
So where do you go from here
And what do you do?

And if you lose your faith in man
And find your life in disarray
And question how it all began
And why you went astray
And looking back you wonder
If you had only worked from love
And left regrets to yesterday
And let love find the way

[Interlude 1]

Where would you be today
In a quiet space
In a holy place
If you only had worked from love
And let love find the way

[Interlude 2]

Then heart to heart and eye to eye
The bond between becomes restored
And all is well in one accord
When you let love find the way

Could it be so easy
Could it be so simple
Faith is the answer
It defines this moment in life
God is in your corner
Can you just accept that
It’s God’s moment
Not yours

So if you sail the mighty deep
And find yourself adrift at sea
With those around you in your keep
Afraid of what might be
And as you’re slipping under
While all around you weep in fear
Just turn to God in your dismay
And let love find the way

Remember it’s God’s moment
So let love find the way

12. Revelation

Music by Peter Link, Lyrics from the book of Revelation
in the King James Version of the Bible

I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day
And I heard behind me a great voice
As of a trumpet

Oh yes and I was in the spirit
On the Lord’s day
And I heard behind me a great voice
As of a trumpet

Saying I am alpha and omega
The beginning and the end
I am alpha and omega
The beginning and the end
And I turned to see the voice
That spake unto me
And I saw seven golden candlesticks
And seven heavenly stars
And one like unto the son of man
The son of man

And his eyes were as a flame of fire
And his eyes were as a flame of fire
And his eyes were as a flame of fire
And his voice was as the sound of many waters
Was as the sound of many waters
Was as the sound of many waters

Saying I am he that liveth
And I am he that died
And now behold I am alive forevermore
I am he that liveth
And I am he that died
And now behold I am alive forevermore

Write the things which thou hast seen
And the things which are
And the things to be hereafter
Write the things which thou hast seen
And the things which are
And the things to be hereafter

Write the things I am he that liveth
Which thou hast seen
And the things And I am he that died
Which are
And the things And now behold
To be hereafter I am alive forevermore

And I saw as it were a sea of glass
Mingled with fire
And I saw the dead
Small and great
Stand before God

And the dead were judged
From the book of life
According to their works
Yes the dead were judged
Every man
According to their works

And whatsoever was not found written
In the book of life
Was cast into the sea of fire
And whosoever was not found written
In the book of life
Was cast into the sea of fire

And the devil went down in the sea of fire
Into the sea of glass into the sea of fire
The devil went down in the sea of fire
As the flames rose higher
In the sea of glass
And the flames rose higher
In the sea of fire

Aaaah
But the light shined on

And there was no more sea
And heaven and earth were passed away
And there was no more sea

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth
And the holy city New Jerusalem
And a great voice out of heaven said
Behold God is with men

And they shall be his people
And he shall dwell with them
Yes they shall be his people
And he shall dwell with them

And God shall wipe away all tears
And death shall be no more
Neither shall there be the pain
And sorrow from before

Behold he shall make all things new
Write these words
For these words are true
These words are true

Write the things which thou hast seen
And the things which are
And the things that be hereafter
Write the things which thou hast seen
And the things which are
And the things that be hereafter

For I am alpha and omega
The beginning and the end
I am alpha and omega
The beginning and the end

And he that overcometh
Shall inherit all things
And I will be his God
And he shall be my son

And he showed me a pure river
Of the water of life
And I sang hallelu
And he showed me a pure river
Of the water of life
And I sang halleluia
And he showed me a pure river
Of the water of life
And I sang halleluia
Clear as crystal
Coming from the throne of God
Clear as crystal
Coming from the throne of God

And he showed me a pure river
Of the water of life
And I sang hallelu
And he showed me a pure river
Of the water of life
And I sang halleluia
and he showed me a pure river
Of the water of life
And I sang halleluia
Clear as crystal
Coming from the throne of God
Clear as crystal
Coming from the throne of God

Halleluia halleluia
Halleluia halleluia
Halleluia halleluia
Halleluia halleluia
Halleluia!!!

13. Let's Talk

Music by Peter Link
Lyrics by Peter Link and Norm Bleichman

It’s cold at the North Pole
And nothin’ grows
Nothin’ grows
It’s also cold at the South Pole
So cold that everything’s froze
Ice cold, locked down
Stuck in the grooves
A frigid inertia where nothing moves
Yeah it’s so cold ya’ can’t think past yer frozen toes
And even the mind is comatose
At the North Pole
The South Pole

It ain’t no place to have much fun
It ain’t no place to get much done
It ain’t no place to live, my friend
No it’s sixty degrees below

So, let’s find ourselves where once was found
A heart to heart, a common ground
Let’s take a chance and find again
The language of long ago

Let’s talk about the fear that haunts us
Let’s talk about faith
Let’s talk about the stuff that daunts us
An’ watch all our troubles just fade away

Let’s talk about what can revive us
Let’s talk about change
Let’s talk about the hopes that drive us
An’ watch all our differences fade away

It’s simply a tug-of-war
Where no one wins
An’ no one loses
Ya’ just keep pullin’ ‘til evermore
‘Til someone blows a fuse
Yeah it’s do or die in this ancient game
The pride of power and the pain of shame
And the die hard an’ dogged in you simply refuse
‘Til nothin’ is left but two empty shoes

Yeah what’s it all for
This tug-of-war?
Hey what can you do
With two empty shoes?

It ain’t no way to win, my friend
Cuz in the end we must expect to
Be of one mind, and on the same side
It’s time we made it so

Let’s talk about this eye for n’eye thing
Let’s talk about love
Let’s get it done an’ stop denying
Just for the purpose of saying “No”

Let’s talk about our expectation
Let’s talk about peace
Let’s talk about a syncopation
A fusion of disparate grooves that make a whole

So let’s walk to each other
Just a step at a time
Let’s talk to each other
Put our thoughts on the line
We can do
Yes we can
Try again
You can concede to each other
What makes us unique
Obtuse or distinctive
Or even oblique
We can do
Yes we can
Try again
We can even sit down and speak

Let’s talk about the things we stand for
Let’s talk about grace
Let’s stand as one an’ give a hand for
Rememb’ring what it all began for
Let’s finally do the things we planned for
An’ watch all our differences fade away
Let’s pull together an’ do what we can
To find us a common ground

Let’s talk
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s get it together an’ give it a shot

Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s work it together an’ see what we got

Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s do it together – that’s what it’s all about
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s hit it together an’ take it on out
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Let’s talk!
Hey
Yes we can
Try again
Let’s Talk!

With New Bonus Song on the Polarization of America

"Is Anybody Listening" continues to expand into new territories.  This past summer Peter Link wrote and produced two more songs for the project – “Let’s Talk”, dealing with the Polarization of America, and “On My Way Home”, dealing with Immigration.  We plan to continue to address the issues facing us every day in the headlines of our newspapers in musical terms, building a library of Inspirational material designed to raise consciousness regarding many of the world problems that we all face.  We decided to include “Let’s Talk” in this CD package as a new bonus since it is such a prevalent issue in today’s world.  Stay tuned!

Produced by

 
and

William Spencer Reilly - Executive Director
Andrew Levine, Managing Director
Lou Giovino, Marketing Associate
Kyle Leacock, Front of House Manager
Mary Ann Randazzo, Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Concert Production Staff

Peter Link, Director
Dell Howlett, Choreographer

Celisse Henderson, Vocal Arranger
Margaret Dorn, Vocal Arranger
Phil Monat, Lighting Designer
William Barclay, Video Set Designer
Gil Sperling, Video Tech and Designer
Stefan Bensaid, Live Sound Mixer
Jeff Cubeta, Rehearsal Pianist

CD Production


Mastered by Phil Klum Mastering, NYC
CD Graphics by Renee Gannon
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link
Link Recording Studios, Summit, NJ

Peter Link, Mixing Engineer
Phillip Klum, Mastering