"...Let Elisa's voice and Barry's music inspire." ~ Shirley Maclaine
"This song (ed. "We Are So Much More') is one of the best contemporary world music tracks ever produced...bar none". ~ Matthew Forss for Inside World Music
"New World is a rich soup pot of world music flavors and textures that nourish the listener…body, mind and spirit." ~ Edie Weinstein for Beliefnet.com
The intention behind this album started with those two little words. What if we set the intention to create an album that celebrates disparate musical genres, cultural practices and philosophical ideals that would touch people’s hearts, transforming their lives in a positive way going forward?—Think Big isn’t just the name of my co-writer/arranger Barry Goldstein’s production studio, it’s how we create!
We put that intention into motion and let go of any preconceived ideas we had of how to make this
happen. Instead, we allowed it to happen.
Every song on this album was the result of unexpected illuminations of little gifts that showed up in everyday life. The cacophony of New York City’s Times Square inspired a call for peace in the midst of noise and haste that is the essence of Invocation. The lyrics from Cullins of Rhum, “As though who art yearning will yearn it to be,” quietly appeared in a notebook as I was searching for a Muse to guide me through the creative process. The bell chorus in We Are So Much More mirrors my parents’ clocks that would chime every time I began the Taoist Kan and Li meditation. And my nieces
and nephews splashing in the water and romping through the grass gave birth to Wiggle Your Toes.
As these simple gifts unfolded into words and melodies, other What if questions came into our hearts.
What if our intention to create a new approach to World Music has created a musical template for
a new world in which truthfulness, compassion, respect and kindness are tenets to be honored in
ourselves and extended outwards to every living being on this beautiful planet? And what if we all
set these intentions into motion and allowed them to blossom within our hearts and out into a New
Vocals by Elisa Brown
Guitars, keyboards, programming,
sacred tuning forks and Tibetan bowls
by Barry Goldstein
Additional guitars by Chielli Minucci on
Theme for Music for Life NYC, and Simeon Hein on
Cullins of Rhum, Namaste Fever and Wiggle
Violin by Antoine Silverman on Cullins of
Rhum, Namaste Fever and Wiggle Your Toes.
Sarah McIlroy on We Are So Much More
Djore Nance, Angela Workman and Jake
Slomowitz on Through the Eyes of God
Elisa Brown, Jan Brown, Gabriel Chajnik,
Barry Goldstein, Sharada Kunaparaju,
Bei Yang, Eunnye Yang and Maria Zhynovitch
Cary Hite on We Are So Much More
Cover Concept by Elisa Brown
CD Design by Paul Pullara
Photos: © 2012 Manny Akis. All Rights
© 2012 Elisa Brown and Barry Goldstein. All
rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a
violation of applicable laws.
The following songs co-written by Elisa
Brown and Barry Goldstein: Invocation,
We Are So Much More, New World and Namaste Integration.
The following compositions based on or inspired
by songs from the public domain:
Cullins of Rhum (Trad. Scottish), Ave Maria:
Mother of the Light (“Ave Maria” by Bach/
Gounod), Namaste Fever (“Cunla,” Trad.
Irish), Wiggle Your Toes (“Merrily Kissed the
Quaker’s Wife,” Trad. Irish).
Theme for Music for Life NYC, Music by Virginia
Luque. Lyrics by Elisa Brown and Virginia
Luque. Butterfly and Through the Eyes of God
written by Barry Goldstein.
The New World CD was produced and
mixed by Barry Goldstein at Think Big Studios NYC.
Mastered at Sterling Sound with