"The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, 'friends of paper money.' They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. Through ignorance, but moreover, because of apathy, a small, but wealthy, clique of power brokers have robbed us of our Rights and Liberties, and we are being raped of our wealth. We are paying the price for the near-comatose levels of complacency by our parents, and only God knows what might become of our children, should we not work diligently to shake this country from its slumber! Many a nation has lost its freedom at the end of a gun barrel, but here in America, we just decided to hand it over voluntarily. Worse yet, we paid for the tyranny and usurpation out of our own pockets with "voluntary" tax contributions and the use of a debt-laden fiat currency!" ~ Peter Kershaw
CD Review: Dan Hagen - The Journey
Column by Mike Powers.
Exclusive to STR
Jazz guitarist Dan Hagen’s impressive debut release, The Journey, is a diverse compilation of vintage covers and distinctly original compositions. The solo instrumental effort--an eclectic mix of funk, groove and jazz fusion with a distinct Latin flavor--was largely inspired by Hagen’s committed involvement in the liberty movement.
A multi-talented artist and noted liberty activist, Hagen is based out of Nashville, Tennessee, where he created and co-organized the inaugural Music City Liberty Fest last year.
The Journey starts with a masterful cover of the Marvin Gaye classic “What’s Going On,” the emotional anti-war protest song that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. Its relaxed rhythm provides a refreshing take on this timeless classic.
“River of Spring” is an alluring Latin original that reveals Hagen’s deep Brazilian influences and evokes a Mediterranean feel, with a sound reminiscent of jazz fusion guitarist Marc Antoine. The song was inspired by the devastating Nashville floods in May 2010 that resulted in the loss of dozens of lives and left billions of dollars in property damage in its wake. Jim Williamson’s flugelhorn adds a delightful dimension to the piece.
It’s hard to listen to Hagen’s upbeat cover of the Stevie Wonder classic “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” without tapping your feet or moving in time to the beat. Hagen considers Stevie Wonder to be a great musical influence, citing Wonder’s Innervisions as one of his favorite records.
Elsewhere, Hagen rocks a funky New Orleans groove (“Sayonara Bob”), wails a haunting tribute to lives lost in war (“Souls Cry”), and delivers a stylish flamenco (“Nina Angel”). Hagen closes the album with a soulful, improvisational performance (“Revolution”) that puts all of his talents on display. Amazingly, it was recorded in just one take.
If jazz is art for your ears, then The Journey is an eight-piece museum of finely-crafted masterpieces.
Let’s hope this journey is only beginning.
Track Listing: What’s Going On; Altered Spaces; Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing; River of Spring; Sayonara Bob; Souls Cry; Nina Angel; Revolution
Dan Hagen: http://www.reverbnation.com/danhagen
Buy his music here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dan-hagen/id459445060