An Introduction by Stephen Connock
The aim of The Garland Appeal is to fight cancer through music. Music has an extraordinary capacity to inspire, to energise and to transform. In moments of darkness and despair, music can lift our spirits. It is absorbing. Listening to one of our favourite works, we can lose a sense of time and place; our everyday problems are forgotten. Such positive responses to music are enormously helpful in boosting our immune systems and providing us with a better chance of fighting illnesses like cancer. That music has such wonderful healing power is increasingly recognised and this understanding lies behind The Garland Appeal's focus on the therapeutic influence of music.
These life-enhancing qualities can be felt in all musical genres. The final movement of Gustav Mahler's Tenth Symphony contains moments of extraordinary tenderness, as the composer wrestles with his serious illness in music of sublime invention. The English composer, Herbert Howells, lost his only son, Michael, at the age of 9. Overcome by sadness, he composed Hymnus Paradisi, a work of luminous beauty and spiritual repose which transcends grief. Frank Sinatra's greatest songs, including I get along without you very well and Only the lonely were recorded in the aftermath of his traumatic break-up from Ave Gardner. They are songs of exquisite artistry, poignant and elegiac. Through this music, we can realise that our problems are shared, through their heartfelt responses we can find our own salvation.
The Garland Appeal was inspired by the remarkable life of Linda McCartney. Our first CD was a Garland for Linda, a cycle of songs on the theme of hope and reconciliation with a lovely contribution, Nova, from Sir Paul McCartney. FamiliarÂ Mysteries is the inspiration of the songwriter and musician Dennis D'Amico, who is also Director of Development for the charity in America. Proceeds from the sales of this CD will go towards fighting breast cancer in America. The Garland Appeal concentrates on improving methods of early diagnosis of breast cancer for women at high risk of this disease. Our programme is called Simple Gifts. At the request of Sir Paul McCartney and his family, no funds raised by the charity are used to support research which involves animal experimentation.
I hope you enjoy this new CD. Music is our inspiration : let it be yours.
Stephen Connock MBE
The Garland Appeal
A personal note from Dennis D'Amico:
It was my idea to assemble the works of gifted, talented, independent artists to create a soundscape of light and hope. I found these artists through friends, music business connections and some by pure chance. I thank these artists for their most gracious generosity in supporting this project. I would also like to thank Dave Pettigrew of Lost Audience Records for his invaluable help and belief in this project, Wendy Rubin and her staff for their unequivocal support and understanding, Lindsay for her beautiful graphic design, Guy Parker of Watersign Music, Jenna Lee for her magnificent suggestions, Patrice Samara for her infinite ideas, Joel Parker at Image Recording, Jeannie Izzo for her inspiration, all of the artists from across the country who submitted their amazing music, and all of my family and friends who took the time to listen and assist us in making the final selections; decision that were so difficult to make.
I look forward to continuing our work, fighting breast cancer, through the wonderful projects of The Garland Appeal's Music Series. We will continue to support independent artists and their music and it is our hope that through these projects, the world will discover new and exciting sounds so often silenced by an overly commercial music business. Submissions for future productions can be sent to The Garland Appeal, 37 Meteor Trail, Andover, NJ 07821.
Dennis J D'Amico
Garland Music Series
1.Pamela Wynn Shannon - World in my Arms. Such a positive message, beautiful harmonies and infectious melodies, a wonderful natural talent from the New Jersey singer songwriter. Pamela performs all over the US and Ireland and has performed with Roger McGuinn.
2.Kati Mac - Einstein's Dream. A voice that evokes such pleasure, heart and soul. Kai has toured and recorded with artists such as Sting, Meat Loa, Michael Holton and Nona Hendryx. She also has had 5 songs nominated for best song of the year on the Daytime Emmy Award.
3.Phil Roy - Why Do we Make It So Hard. Folk/Singer-Songwriter winner of the 2nd Independent Music Award. Phil's vocals are of considerable emotional depth; he captures the listener and transports us to his world. Phil has penned numerous hits for such artists as Joe Cocker, Paul Young, Tuck and Patti, Eddie Money and Cliff Richard.
4.Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Already Broken. This is music of originality. The tune is irresistible. Gandalph's latest CD A Good Thief Tips His Hat was voted "Album of the Year" in the Rhythm and News Readers Poll 2000.
5.Arnold Cardon - Ambience. A very accomplished guitarist, this composition involves a beautiful blending of Latin jazz and flamenco. Arnold has played and recorded with artists Celine Dion, John Couger and Bobby Caldwell. His new album is due for release in early 2002.
6.Bugs Salcido - Everyone Needs Some Love Now. A sound picture of a wonderful morning with the sun breaking through and creating all the possibilities that life can offer. The song brings to mind the influences of John Lennon. Bugs enjoys a cult hero following in the Southwest.
7.Sophia Ramos DuprÃ© - Say You Will. Sensuality and strength in a wonderful vocal performance. Sophia was named "best undiscovered artists" by VHI and was the recipient of the 2001 Song writer's Hall of Fame Abe Oleman Award for excellence in songwriting.
8.Kenny White - Ready to Leave (all this behind). Kenny's soft and effective delivery is highly sensitive. Kenny has performed and composed over 300 television and radio commercials. He has also produced artists Shawn Colvin, Peter Wolf and Marc Cohn. Kenny is known as a dazzler on piano in reviews across the country from NY Times to the San Francisco Examiner.
9.Jenny Bruce - Soul on Fire. A heartfelt track. Jenny was selected as runner up at the '99 New York Lilith Fair Talent Search. She has had her tunes included on soundtracks of the film Sex and the Other Man starring Stanley Tucci and the new independent feature 30 Days. Her music was also featured on the television show Dawson's Creek.
10.Kay Story - Never Forget You. A song commemorating the love and friendship a mother and daughter share and the unfortunate early ending of this relationship due to breast cancer. Kay sings with such inherent soul she captures the listener and the moment effortlessly.
11.Karen Novy - Almost. Poetic lines float through this song, enhanced by a voice that is both ethereal and moving. Karen tours across America and is currently working on her new CD, which includes Almost.
12.Terrence Martin - Familiar Mysteries. Our title track is an impressive song. The congruent sounds of the mandolin and guitar create a wall of lush, ornate tonality. Terrence was a New Folk Showcase winner at the NJ Folk Festival in April of 2001.
13.Paul Thorn - I Have a Good Day. This song touches on that glimmer of hope that keeps us all striving to continue despite adversity. Paul's voice is textured, smokey and a joy to listen to. The melodic Dylan influence is like a reacquaintance with a good friend. Paul is constantly on the road and recently opened for Jeff Beck.
14.Amy Fairchild - Counting Angels. A sweet, moving and introspective performance in this song dealing with departure. Amy lost her mother to breast cancer. Her crystal clear voice is heavenly. Amy won at the celebrated Kerrville Folk Festival and was the winner of New York City's 1999 Lilith Fair Talent Search. She is currently finishing her new CD.
15.Eric Mathews - My Morning Parade. An imaginatively unique and haunting sound
from a truly gifted artist. Eric had the MTV and radio hit Fanfare in the
summer of 1997. Eric stays very busy producing artists and is currently
recording his new CD.
16.Too Human - New Surrender. Ellen Schwartz's emotionally charged vocal performance captures the stirring vulnerability and the power of surrender. Too Human have had their songs recorded by artists such as Cher, Pat Benstar, Teddy Pendergrass, Angela Bofill and Nancy Wilson.
17.Breck Alan - A Man and her Beautiful Wife. The well-defined lucid voice of Breck is a joy to listen to. Breck's voice lands softly on our senses. Breck regularly tours across America. Breck's CD Kissing Rock Stars has recently been released.
18.Sloan Wainwright - Here Comes the Rain. This smoldering vocal performance is perfectly enhanced by the realistic lyric that paints this cinematic composition. Sloan is the sister of Louden Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright is her nephew. Quite a talented family!
19.Dennis D'Amico - This Conversation. A friend received a diagnosis of breast cancer over the phone and I happened to be there at that moment. This song reflects her reaction, her response and her refusal to give up or give in. This song is dedicated to anyone who has experienced the abruptness of This Conversation.
20.Daryl Kojak - First Day. A beautiful composition filled with hope and renewal. The orchestration of instruments perfectly emulates our positive expectations for a better future.
The Garland Appeal
The Garland Appeal is the Foundation set up with the aim of raising money to fight cancer through music. The original fund raising came from the song cycle aÂ GarlandÂ for Linda written by nine British composers, including Sir Paul McCartney in commemoration of the life of Linda McCartney. Stephen Connock, The Garland Appeal's founder and Chairman, says:
"I want cancer to become, like cholera or smallpox, a thing of the past, which our children will only know from the history books."
The Appeal concentrates on early detection using Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques. The campaign is called Simple Gifts.
SIMPLE GIFTS - HOW YOU CAN HELP
MRI scans can be relatively expensive as the technology is new. Screening and research amongst high-risk women will cost $1,000 a year for each woman. The Garland Appeal is aiming at screening at least 1,000 women a year, requiring a minimum of $1 million for each year of the programme.
You can help
A donation of $1,000 each year will purchase one MRI scan for a woman at high risk of developing breast cancer. If cancer is found, your donation could have saved her life. You will also have helped with research into MRI effectiveness. A donation of, for example, $30,000 will enable 30 high-risk women to be screened - with a likelihood that two of these women has breast cancer but does not yet know it. Your gift is that simple, and that powerful. You are saving lives.
In America, there are relatively few MRI scanners. A mid-field dedicated breast cancer machine can cost $750,000. A donation to enable The Garland Appeal to purchase extra MRI scanners will enable thousands of women to be screened each year. This would be a wonderful legacy from you to the women of America.
For further information contact:
Garland Appeal 973-347-8808
Registered charity in USA Number 2911432
The charity has tax exempt status