Michael Franti and Spearhead: The Sound of Sunshine
The Sound Of Sunshine -- the inspired and inspiring new album by Michael Franti & Spearhead -- is a kind of musical sun shower, a bright, beautiful and often buoyant song cycle created to bring all kinds of listeners a sense of hope during rough and rainy times for so many in our world.
“Music is sunshine,” says Michael Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”
“Music is something you can’t hold in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights.”
Ironically, often joyous and uplifting The Sound Of Sunshine actually came out of a darker and tougher personal experience for Franti. “Last August, my appendix ruptured suddenly in the middle of a tour and I ended up in the hospital for eight days while they figured out what was wrong with me,” recalls Franti. “I almost died and I wrote many of these songs coming out of that experience while I was in the hospital for another week or so after that. During that time, I really took a moment to prioritize what’s truly important in my life — and in the end, that’s really about the people who I love. Even in that hospital, I could laugh with the people I love, cry with them, and start to find the sun again.”- taken from MichaelFranti.com
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I really enjoyed this CD. I thought it was bright and uplifting and a fun listen. I got my hippie-mom to listen to it and tell me what she thought too...
The Sound of Sunshine is a nice mix of Regae & R&R. Excellent sound mixing and clarity – the lyrics are totally understandable, which is unusual and therefore noteworthy. This album is all about real life and will appeal to most music lovers. I like the way Michael takes a sad verse of the lyrics and turns it into something positive in the next verse. This CD should appeal to all age groups.
Thanks so much to Michael Franti and Music Moms for providing me with a copy of this CD to review.