The only thing I didn’t like about this song is the vulgarity in the sung lyrics by Passion Ward, to me it takes away from the integrity of the meaning of what “A Love Story” is trying to convey. Otherwise, the song works for me. I’d like to hear a version of this without the expletive.
When an artist creates great music, I eagerly await what they do next. I’m a sucker for good concepts and themes in songs, EP’s, and albums, so when someone I like does something that I also enjoy, I’m wanting to eat that up like a box of malasadas. The Freedom Hall collective have done this once again, as James Klynn & Family create V, an album that is based on the film V for Vendetta. While you may see that visually, you’ll have to take a listen to hear how Klynn, Spudd Brown, Passion Ward, and Maleiva Kem put things together, and let me just say that I wouldn’t be posting it here if I wasn’t in favor of the end result.
The album is being made available as a free download, so stream and listen, and then take the experience with you for repeat listens.
The video was billed as being acoustic, but the piano is a keyboard, which you can see with the incense shot of Spudd Brown and Ezekiel Charles, a/k/a Scumbagsini. Well, what I don’t see is an acoustic piano, so I’m going to call this a “living room mix” of “Karma Red”. I love the vibe of the song and video too: kicking back, incense in the background, and a nice even blend of vocalizing and spoken word. It’s part of the Freedom Hall movement, and you’re welcome.
If you are a fan of the Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar or the film that was based on it, The Last Airbender, you’ll know that the storyline is child-friendly but goes beyond child’s play. It’s about a young child with incredible wisdom to move things with the power that he has, but those who feel they know about that power want to control him so they can control it. They want someone else’s power instead of their own. Within the storyline is the realization that the kid may have an old soul, and where does that old soul come from? That has always been the subject of cultural significance, if something that defines a people can truly be passed on from generation to generation and if so, is it always in us? If not part of our DNA, how do we learn it, how much to we learn when we know it has to be learned, and do we shape it to benefit us or is it more about bringing everyone from the past towards whatever the future has in store? I know this because my nephew was a huge fan of the cartoon series, and with it being true to a number of Asian philosophies and cultural beliefs through metaphors, I loved what it said and wanted to teach to its viewers.
That concept has been put into music with James Klynn and his musical family, and together as Freedom Hall, they have showed the power of good, friendship and unity and how that fight for it is perhaps the one thing that unifies us across the world. Some don’t see it that way, but the fight is to show why that thought process is worthy of that fight. That is what makes up the 5-song album known as The Avatar, a set of music that shows hints of the future with flashes of the past, in order to provide guidance on what we need to do today. Balancing hip-hop and soul in a manner that is respectable to both, it’s songs that help to define and redefine Freedom Hall’s mission, which in turn questions why not many are doing the same thing. It moves you to think of the music and your own stance on life, where you are, and maybe where you should be. Music is best when it makes an investment in the mind, and when the mind invests in the music. The Avatar sinks in because it knows it belongs there, bringing out what may be in your consciousness, or what your consciousness has already been longing for
James Klynn has two new projects to share with everyone. Both feature Spudd Brown, with the James/Brown project being one of those laid back songs with a bit of inspirational motivation, while Freedom Hall brings them together with C Miner and Passion and will be appealing for fans of true soul music.
You can listen and stream, or download them for free (as 320kbps MP3’s or lossless files) with the players below, or click to this link via Bandcamp at Freedom Hall.