About the Song—from the artist
The day after the tragic events of 9/11 in 2001, I wrote the song, “Epilogue (Love Grows)” with the intention of donating the profits to a special charity. Several of the top singers in San Diego (where I was living at the time) contributed their talent to the project. And the owner of Studio West, generously donated session time for the recording. We even appeared live on a few news shows. But the song was missing something and never quite felt finished. I lived with it and tweaked it here and there and finally, after 11 years, it feels complete.
The point of Epilogue is to show how, even after the most devastating situations, life persists. That’s summed up in the line “and the blood lingers on,” which honors the memory of the victims by focusing on the future of the survivors.
Last year, I went to NYC on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to take footage for a video of Epilogue. The video is now up on my YouTube channel and I hope you will all take a look at it in remembrance of that day.
So this is my tribute: To the survivors, the first responders—and the new generations.
About the Artist
Neal Fox comes across like the mild-mannered guy next door but mention an injustice or step on his Constitutional rights and out comes: The Activist. Politically independent, he’s more concerned with what is going on in the world than which side is more popular. He doesn’t trust either one anyway.
While in his 20s, Fox was signed to three major labels: Polydor, RCA and Columbia Records. He had two songs on the Billboard charts and a Top Ten Dance Club Hit, “In the Jungle”—about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. That was the the first song he wrote as an activist. But back then he never called himself an activist. He just became one.
After a series of ill-timed transitions at the labels caused Fox to be stuck in contracts with no supporters, he changed directions in order to make a living. He went into “the jingle biz.” As a partner in a music production company, he composed and produced music for hundreds of commercials and promos for the major networks. He also composed music for The Killer Tomatoes movies and TV themes like The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.
Though the money was good, Fox was unhappy. His creativity was limited, and getting someone to buy products he didn’t care about was not what he wanted to do. So he went back to doing his own projects. He created a series of multicultural children’s books with his wife, Naomi, because the faces on most children’s books were white. Actor Robert Guillaume was so taken by the project (The Confetti Company) that he offered to narrate the CDs. The books are now used as educational tools for young children.
From there, Fox put out a series of CDs on his indie label, Wire Duck Records, where his work as an activist-songwriter became more pronounced. UK podcaster, Peter Clitheroe, commented: He’s not afraid to say what needs to be said and does so in such elegant ways.
His one-man multimedia show, Pigeonholes, covered subjects such as war, human rights and antidepressants. It even took a stab at the record labels with their niche mentality which put artists’ creations second to the bottom-line. One reviewer said “Pigeonholes” was the best song ever written about the music business.
Fox’s music videos and short films have won several awards and have screened in festivals such as the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Downtown Boca Film Festival, and the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Many of the videos—like F**k the Fed and the controversial Deliberate Dumbing Down of America—can be seen on his YouTube channel.
In 2010, he won First Prize for his digitally enhanced photograph, “Life Sucks,” in Through the Eyes of Love—an exhibit honoring World AIDS Day.
Fox has been an MC or performer at events such as Everglades Awareness, LibertyFest NYC and the Save America Convention.
His latest venture, Conspiracy, combines live performance, video and art. It will take about a year to complete. Fox hopes to premier the show in a Florida venue like the Capitol Theatre.