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Far I and Ayanna Perform at Oakland California’s Min Maker Faire – October 2012

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Photo Taken by Orlando Johnson of Oakland Greens http://oaklandgreens.org/

It was a beautiful October day at Oakland, Ca Mini Maker Faire http://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/

Parents and Children of all ages attended this incredible, creative faire.  Far I played guitar and Ayanna sang background vocals.  The audience participation was spectacular as the crowd joined in to sing “I Love My Precious Self”.  The audience was asked to send the great energy attained through live music and crowd participation around the world.  With this thought the voices of the crowd increased and the harmony sweetened.  Great collective, harmonious energy was given, prayers were lifted and sent to all living beings.  The following songs were performed:

1. Guru
2. Watah
3. Love is My Saviour
4. Chune
5. Save the World
6. Precious

We are currently working on our CD which will be completed in the next few months.  Please visit our website www.farishields.com and like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/farishieldsmusic?ref=hl
Music videos can be viewed on our youtube channel www.youtube.com/farishields

Enjoy all that you can and live the change you want to see in the world.

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Far I Shields Performs at Oakland’s Laurel District Summer Solstice Festival

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Far I will be performing at Oakland’s 7th Annual Laurel District Summer Solstice Festival – Saturday, June 23 at the Brown Stage located outside of  the ACME Music Store – 3715 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, Ca 94619 – Showtime 3pm.
Various musical selections of Far I – past and present will be performed during this one hour showcase.
This block party is free and features more than 20 acts of world class musical entertainment on 3 stages.
ACME HOUSE OF MUSIC is a proud sponsor of this event.
The festival will have many activities to enjoy for the entire family.  Join us and celebrate music, art and fun with your community in honor of the SUN!

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June 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

Far I – Voice & Guitar

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Love Is My Savior @ It’s A Grind Coffee House 3-25-11

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Filmed by Jonathan Gomwalk.

This song is like this moment in time for all of us, represents a journey that we have all been taking.  To me this journey is about Love.
I was raised a Catholic, went to Rasta, became a Muslim and then a Buddhist.  It was not until 2007 that I finally accepted my Life and realized that Love is my Savior.

Love is My Savior
Joy is my best friend
I use music – It comforts my soul
Want to see you smilin

Jump into the stream cause it rollin
It’s been rollin since the beginning of time
It’s gonna carry you over the boulders in your life
carry you strait into the light – well alright

Love is My Savior
Joy is my best friend
I use music – It comforts my soul
Want to see you smilin

If you wake up everyday and decide what you are going to  take from this life
You will have a life of misery and pain
When you rise and decide what you are going to give day by day – You’ll be eternally happy

Love is My Savior
Joy is my best friend
I use music – It comforts my soul
Want to see you smilin

It’s time for the Enlightened Age to begin yall
Humanity has finally discovered the beautiful world within
Once you have a glimpse of this glorious sunlight
It will make everything all right

Love is My Savior
Joy is my best friend
I use music – It comforts my soul
Want to see you smilin

Smile

Join me in a collective visualization
Feel the Love in your heart
Let it grow and glow – Send it around the world
across the US to Africa, Europe, India, China, Japan, Hawaii and returning to the US
Love – World Wide

Prayer Poem & Song for the People of Japan

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People of Japan – This Prayer Poem & Song was called forth by Jonathan Gomwalk. We all stand in gratitude for his powerful spirit!

The Lyrics and Melodies are created as a prayer of hope for the people and families of Japan while in response to the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor challenges in Spring 2011.

Life is Given and Taken Away


We call forth all that is good in humanity, planet earth and the universe.  Surrounding and infusing the people of Japan with hope, inspiration, courage, love, perseverance and endurance – Peace within – Humanity we need each other right now!

Prayer Poem & Song “People of Japan”

People of Japan we are one
Together like the rising sun
We are one earth
We are one love
We are One Family

Sending our love
We send our light
Sending our prayers
To get you through the night

May you be warm
May you have peace
May you have our strength

Mother Earth is Calling, Father Sky Too – Humanity use wisdom in the things you do
It’s time to Love one another, Live with our heart and soul, All nations united for one common goal

People of Japan we are one
We are together like the rising sun
We are one earth
We are one love
We are One Family

Loved Ones we miss you so
So quickly you had to go
You have our best as you move on
On your Journey

Keep our smiles
Keep our joy
Your bright presence helps us to endure
You’re our hope, you have our love
forever more

Mother Earth is Calling, Father Sky Too – Humanity use wisdom in the things you do
It’s time to Love one another, Live with our heart and soul, All nations united for one common goal

People of Japan we are one
We are together like the rising sun
We are one earth
We are one love
We are One Family

Written by farishields

March 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Mama Sula – Original Song By Far I – Description & Lyrics

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Mama Sula

This song is about my fathers mother.  Her name was Ursula Shields born Ursula Adams. All Dolled up - show stoppahWhat a lady.  I remember her charm and style. Mama Sula was ruff yet she so had class.

From the south my father was a part of the Great Migration as African Americans escaped the rigors of racism and pains of sharecropping and moved west.  Above my Grandmother is pictured with her daughter who shared her name Ursula on a visit to her home town of Yazoo City Mississippi where she was born Ursula Adams.

The move to the west suited Mama Sula just fine.  Fine cars, beautiful homes and the good life.  She lived it up.  Mama Sula iondulged in all that was good about the big city life of Los Angeles, California. Before they information was present about the dangers of drinking and smoking Mama Sula was all in. She became an avid smoker and died of lung cancer in her early 50’s.  I remember before she died she had her lung removed. She had it placed in a jar next to her hospital bed for the whole family to see.  From that moment I vowed never to smoke cigarettes.

My grandmother was mean.  Se was so mean that I had a complex.  Other grandmothers that I saw seemed so nice and loving. Mine grandmother was a knock down drag out serious southern woman from Arkansas who you better be on your p’s and q’s or you were going to get a sharp reprimand with a quickness.  Grandmamma didn’t take no mess.

I also mention her brother Joseph Thomas Adams in the song Mama Sula.  He was very loving, wise and lived to the age of 84.  Much like his sister he battle alcoholism yet he always managed to be loving even when drinking heavily.   Uncle Joseph overcame his drinking habit and became an outstanding member of AA.  He touched many live with his love and encouragement.  Some of his favorite saying were.  “You reach a point where you get sick and tired of being sick and tired”  & “this to shall pass”

Above Uncle Joseph is pictured with is incredibly lovely wife Aunt Leora.  Together they nurtured me through many difficult times.

I longed for a sweet reassuring grandmother yet it just was not in the cards I was dealt.  I wanted a grandmother to say come here baby – you know grandma loves you.  As I entered my 30’s I began to realize that my grandmother loved her family through her cooking.  She was one of the best cooks I ever encountered.  It was like she had some magic in the kitchen and would sprinkle it in the pots.  Gumbo, salmon crockets, mashed potatoes, greens – all the great food the south has to offer.  Then she would follow it up with Sweet Potato Pie and Peach Cobbler.  The crust she made was worth walkin for miles and miles to taste.  Mama Sula past in 1978 and I still can taste her cookin.

The song Mama Sula is a way of me saying to my Grandmother – ok, I get it.  You did love us.  You loved us through your cookin and I still feel the love.

Mama Sula Lyrics

Hey Mama,  Mama Sula
Hey Mama, Mama, Mama, Mama
Mama Sula

Well Life is full of Love if we just see it right
Sunshine on your face and the groove is tight
Plenty of Love so why don’t ya come on in
We got hugs and kisses and good cookin
Gumbo on the stove and we got alot
we got crab on the bottom and shrimp on the top

Well now every time I see yall I don’t want to go
Oh Mama Sula I love you so

Hey Mama,  Mama Sula
Hey Mama, Mama, Mama, Mama
Mama Sula

Hey yall Uncle Joseph’s in the house
All yall babies come gather around
pull up a chair sit down I’m talking to you
stories of life and love and adventure too
well one thing that I know is right
Uncle Joseph is going to make you love your life

Hey Mama,  Mama Sula
Hey Mama, Mama, Mama, Mama
Mama Sula

Mama Sula Can burn she will cook you to life
She got seasonings from heaven make your soul take flight
House full of love that what it means to me
Every time I go there all the family I see
Grandmama your my rock, my sun shining smile
Peach Cobblah, Taata Pie Crust, Melt In My Mouth

Well now every time I see yall I don’t want to go
Oh Mama Sula I love you so

Written by farishields

March 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Blackbird – with New Lyrics and Insites by Far I

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Black Bird

April 4, 1968, at the age of 39 Martin Luther King was assassinated.

Shock waves riveted throughout the Black Community in the United States.  Many African Americans had decided to take Kings non-violent path to social.  When he was murdered it was as if they community said not our anointed one.

Kill the won who has weapons aimed at you and we will understand yet this is the one who has honored you as human – the one who told us not to fight physically, fight spiritual and he is murdered.  The population was out of control and many riots followed.

Paul McCartney was in Scotland at the time and used musical phrasings from Bach to compose his response to the African American unrest in the US.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise,

I feel him saying that although I know that you are in pain, keep looking, keep reaching, keep striving this is your moment.  The world is with you. We see you.  Now is your time although painful this is the moment you were waiting for to ARISE!

I personally was introduced to this song through the movie I AM SAM.  The movie was heartfelt.  Sean Penn played an outcast – a disabled man.  Society did not understand him nor think he was capable to care for his daughter.  His mother was a prostitute and did not want to care for the child.  The story touch my heart because I as an African American Man often feel misunderstood and labeled incapable of handling life.

Many times it is true.  Things such as marriage, raising children, finances, etc… are often upside down and unmanageable.  Yet like Sam in the movie I am still someone.  I am human and at least deserve the right to give it my best shot, even if I end up a little short of the mark.  When the song Blackbird accompanied the movie I said to myself I must learn to play that song.  It was inspirational.  A person born into an adverse situation yet with broken wings – learn to fly, with sunken eyes learn to see.

I added my own lyrics to the beginning.  In the fall of 2008 my family suffered a devastating loss.  Anna Monique Johnson died suddenly at the age of 45 at work.
She was in many was the corner stone of my immediate family.  When she passed it was so sudden and she was so young it was surreal.  There were two song I sung to get me through this tough time and one was Blackbird.  Here are the lyrics I added to the song I see her wonderful face and feel her comforting presence when I sing this song.

Walk into your night like a shining sun
Oh Blackbird you are the one
Push it to the limit reach for the sky
Blackbird – Fly

My the eternal comforting presence be with us all through our journey of life and after!

Written by farishields

March 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm