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Scattershot Symphony Episode #18: Is Anybody Listening?

Scattershot Symphony – The Music of Peter Link
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Special Event – Episode #18 – Is Anybody Listening?

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Welcome to this Special Event podcast. Thanks for listening. What is a Special Event? Let’s just define it for now at this juncture as some sort of musical presentation that takes you, the listener, beyond the confines of a podcast. So let’s call today’s podcast, among other things, a Special Event Taster. Put your napkin on and grab your knife and fork. There’s a feast about to be served.


Watch Individual Video Performances from the Concert
featured in this Podcast Episode


Or…Watch and Listen to the Full Concert!


Just imagine a musical experience designed to lift your thought to a higher sense of awareness countering the downward pull of negative energies we all encounter in the world today. Well, ya’ don’t have to imagine. You can now be there.

Is Anybody Listening? was designed as a concert piece that premiered, live from New York in 2016 at the Sheen Center, where it received rave reviews and standing ovations. 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 Yours Truly. We videotaped the last two shows … so what you will hear today are some of the songs from the live sound track from those two performances.

You are then invited to watch any of the individual songs of your choice in performance through the Watchfire Music YouTube Channel. On top of that, you are also invited to attend the full New York concert right from your easy chair in living color for no charge.


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  • Title: Is Anybody Listening?
  • Artist: Anne Fraser Thomas, Brian Collazo, Elle Green, Freedom Bremner, Jonathan Singletary, Solange Prat, Tanesha Gary, Jenny Burton, Julia Wade
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    06:04
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    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 guitar
    The clav
    Piano man
    Memphis horns

    Now listen to the ...
    Listen to the ...
    Listen to the voices in your head
    Listen to the things your daddy said
    When upon his lap you sat
    And wondered at his mustache

    Were you lis'ning?
    Listen up!
    Is anybody listening?
    Is anybody listening?
    C'mon give it up people
    Listen up people
    Can you hear me?
    Ya' got to listen with your heart and soul

    Listen to the way it used to be
    When you sat upon yo’ daddy’s knee
    Hangin’ on his ev’ry little word
    He was sayin’

    Listen to his voice inside yo’ head
    Listen to the things yo’ daddy read
    When upon his lap you sat and wondered at
    The tales he told that set your mind on fire
    Were ya’ lis’nin’?

    Yeah!
    Did ja’ listen when Jiminy wished upon a star?
    Did ja’ really listen when you went
    To 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 Charming
    Saved 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 people
    Listen up people
    Can you hear me?
    Ya' got to listen with your heart and soul
    Listen to the butterfly wings and their flutterings
    Through the air
    Listen with your eyes
    Listen with your soul
    Listen with the wholeness of your being

    Oh
    Later on about high school things began to change
    Everybody yellin’ at us what we could
    And could not do
    We tuned out an’ we just shut down
    At last we got outta the house an’ left it all behind us
    An’ now we pay no mind to all things that remind us
    Yeah way back then we turned an’ walked away
    An’ now ain’t nobody hears what we say

    Is anybody listening?
    Turn back on your mind
    Is anybody listening?
    You’re runnin’ out of time

    Jump on the moment
    Do you hear me?
    Live in it
    People do you hear me?
    Ya' got to listen with your heart and soul
    Listen to the pertinent things
    And to paupers and kings be there

    Listen to all creation
    Listen to your imagination
    Cuz that will take you anywhere

    Listen up
    Listen up
    Listen to the …
    Listen to the music!

    Listen to the rhythm of yer shoes
    Listen to the brainchilds of yo muse
    Even in the funk that’s in yer blues
    There is music
    Yer in the music

    Listen to yer breathing as you move
    Listen to the backbeat of yo’ groove
    Listen to yer soul an’ baby you’ve
    Got the music

    Is anybody listening?
    Anybody, anybody
    Is anybody listening?
    Check it out!
    Is anybody listening?
    Ya’ gotta simply stop an’ listen
    Is 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 anybody
    Anybody
    Anybody …
    Listening?

  • Title: How Are We Raising Our Sons
  • Artist: Julia Wade
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    07:08
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    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?"

  • Title: Rap No. 4
  • Artist: Julia Wade
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    02:00
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    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

  • Title: The Times They Are A-Changin'
  • Artist: Jenny Burton
  • Composer: Bob Dylan
  • Lyricist: Bob Dylan
  • Duration:
    04:46
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    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

    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'
    Change
    Oh oh oh
    Change
    Yes the times they are a-changin'

  • Title: A Still Small Voice
  • Artist: Julia Wade
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    05:40
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    A Still Small Voice
    Adapted from 1 Kings
    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?

  • Title: South Africa
  • Artist: Jenny Burton
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    05:41
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    South Africa
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link
    Zulu translations by Jimmy Mgwandi

    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 from Botswana
    We come from a deep frustration
    We come from Atlanta
    We look to South Africa
    We look to South Africa

    Ah there I see in the great Serengeti
    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 Cape Town

    The voices of children sing
    "Power to the people" amandla awaytu
    "Power to the people" amandla awaytu
    "Power to the people" awaytu

    We come from Uganda
    We come from the mask of slavery
    We come from South Central
    We look to South Africa
    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 to South Africa

    Ah there I see upon Kilimanjaro
    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 from the Zulu nation
    We come from the ghetto
    We look to South Africa

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

    Amandla awaytu
    Amandla awaytu
    Hiee hiee hiee
    Ah su gah mahn!
    Geen goo bah nee me
    Nah gahn gah
    Pahn dleh gko baba
    Gee ah bongah weh baba
    Gee nee geze
    Oom zahn tsi Afreeca

    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!

  • Title: Water
  • Artist: Brian Collazo, Freedom Bremner, Jonathan Singletary
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    06:15
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Water
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    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]

    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

  • Title: Let Love Find The Way
  • Artist: Julia Wade
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    06:00
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    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


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