A song on the very important subject of self-acceptance
(First prize winner in the 1990 Austin Songwriters Competition)
Partake of the elixir, the black Ambrosia, borne across
the waters from Africa that gave birth to jazz and blues and hip-hop and
anything that's truly cool in America.
everyone's memory there is a place where the sun shone each day because
there was someone special you loved.
All my life I've been fascinated by the song - the simplest and most
elemental piece of musical expression. It's the wonderfully inspiring
and mysterious act of arranging 12 notes in a melody
Song writing is a most rewarding and unforgiving discipline. No one
will ever know what makes a great song or why. It's not subject to
manipulation or coercion. A bad song cannot be forced on the public
(for long at least) and I believe a great song cannot be prevented
from reaching its destined audience.
A song is given. It comes through inspiration with an individuality
all it's own. It has a voice and a unique message of feeling and spirit.
It goes on it's way and is either embraced or rejected by the world's
ears and hearts. more
""John Chapman's creative output
runs the spectrum: from playful and comic to evocative and serene. The one
thing John's music does not do is leave you unaffected."