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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.

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

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March 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Redemption Song by Bob Marley performed by Far I with new additions

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Redemption Song by Bob Marley performed by Far I with new additions

This song I decided to cover on the guitar live.  I have performed it at several shows with great reviews.  Live performances have been a way that I test my music out.  When playing live it is as though I tap into other peoples consciousness and we are all sitting at some mystical meeting place.  I can feel the collective likes and dislikes and many times new ideas, call and responses, slight adjustments come up when I present my music to the world.

One day I was had my guitar out on a sunny day on Lakeshore a popular street in Oakland with a Trader Joes’ Grocery store, Pete’s Coffee, Starbucks etc.  you know a real happening place and a young man ask me to play redemption songs.  I played, he stayed and listened and he really enjoyed it.

Growing up Catholic in the 70’s the doom and gloom of “The End Of The World” always had me questioning how history would turn out for mankind.  My 11 year old asks me “Baba when the end of the world comes do you think it is going to blink out or will it happen slowly with much suffering”.  She is getting geared up for 2012.  One of her teachers really believes in it and has the children questioning.  Well 1999 was the big question year looming in my distant future when I was growing up.  As the time grew closer Y2K began being promoted.  All the global computers will shut down.  This was an added pressure to the end of the world that Prince sung about – 2000 party over oops out of time.

In the early 90’s there was a minister who was mentoring me.  He was real busy with plenty of demands and one day out of some chance of fate there he was and there I was.  He was waiting for something and I was waiting.  So I asked him the question burning in my soul.  Is the world going to end in the year 2,000.  His response was very clear and effective.  Well whether it does or doesn’t you should plans for the future.  Your duty is to set your goals and live your life.  Respond to life with your best effort.  Put all your focus there and plan as if you will be here and the rest of humanity will be here after the year 2,000.

In Bob Marley’s redemption song which he performed on guitar during his battle with cancer which ended up being his last days on planet earth also which he predicted that he would die at the age of 36 when he was a young man.  Point being that he says “Have No Fear For Atomic Energy No Of Them Can Stop The Time.”  This small phrase soothed my soul and guided me through moments of doubt about planet earth and human existence.  In the 1980’s with the cold war against Russia it seemed every moment we were just one push of a button away from Global Extinction and Nuclear War.

Doom and Gloom seem to work great with Capitalism.  Earthquake is coming – buy your earthquake kit for 19.99 available at all Walmart’s located in earth quake zones. For as long as they are selling.  Also you can purchase Earthquake insurance.  It is pretty expensive when your want to protect your family from natural disasters so “Brace Yourself”  2012 – the end of the world Now Playing in a theater near you.  If the end of the world is near you should come see the movie so you and your family can get some survival ideas.  Ah now I get it I see why Bob Marley named his last album Survivors and also wrote a song about it.  He is like come on humans make some plans.  Don’t believe the hype.  We will get through this and believe it or not you are a big part of the global change so “don’t bury your thoughts put your dreams to reality – All a together NOW – Wake up and LIVE”

I read some where that a minister in the late 1800’s preached the end of the world was going to happen on a specific day and time.  He preached for years that God told him through the bible and personal revelation’s that on this day in the year 18.. The world is going to end.  So on that day he had all of his friends, family and follower in an open field waiting for the end of the world.  Well guess what nothing happened.  I tell this story to my 11 year old and the running joke is the kids were getting hungry on that day in the late 1800’s and started needling their parents.  Mom, Dad, Uncle Joe while we are waiting for the end of the world can we have a bite to eat or something to drink at least.

Music is really powerful.  Thoughts and words are very powerful.  So when I sing a cover if I don’t like the mental concept behind the words I will adjust them to affirm what I want to happen in my life and the life of others.

Old Pirates yes the rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hands were made strong
By the hands of the almighty
We forward in this Generation Triumphantly

Won’t you help me sing songs of Freedom
It’s all I ever had
Redemption Songs

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for negativity
None of them can stop the time

I am so grateful
Human Beings can finally see that it’s time to unite
Let’s move forward together as one people
With all of our strength, with all of our might

Won’t you help me sing songs of Freedom
It’s all I ever had
Redemption Songs

Note: Hey humans – makes some plans – think positive!

Written by farishields

March 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Zoom – Original Song by Far I – Lyrics and Description

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Zoom Lyrics and Description

Well Mama, will you please tell little sister, to run run run
Run and go tell Papa
Tell Malcolm X, Tell Marcus Garvey, Tell Muhatma Gandhi

Your Grandchildren say Zoom
We are singing songs of Freedom,

Your grandchildren say Zoom

Running and racing, where we going
Time keeps on spinning and no one is knowing
We got inward sunshine so face your time
Children without your problems how would you know the Divine
When your problems come you must relax and free your mind

What do you say Grandmama, Father, Mamma, Oh Sweet Grandfather
Children Say Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Will you Tell Haile Sellassie, tell Bob Marley, Ooo Patrice Lamumba

Can you see us happy and free living in peace in harmony
We living as one like the rising sun
We saying Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Running and racing, where we going
Time keeps on spinning and no one is knowing
We got inward sunshine so face your time
Children without your problems how would you know the Divine
When your problems come you must relax and free your mine

I personally love this recording.  I am facing so many challenges right now.  It reminds me to relax and free my mind.  Call on the ancestors and find the peace with in.  We are so much more than our individual lives
All of my songs are like messengers from the divine.  Its been about a year since this recording and I can hear me calling out the changes to Alvin and he like the incredible player he is just feels the music and feels the change.  It is such a great feeling to be in harmony with fellow humans when playing music.

My interpretation of Zoom is that we enlightened servants of divine energy can quickly access divine energy were we lose our personal identity and become one with the universe.  Tell all great spirits that their little babies say Zoom.  Their grandchildren did not forget them and what they meant to the world.  We thank you and honor you for your sacrifice.  We will face our challenges with our heads held high knowing that we have meaning and we represent the extension of the longing of our Grandmothers and Grandfathers for all of humanity to get along, live in peace, treat each other kindly and live in harmony.

Can you hear us, can you see us grandmother (Mother Teresa, Queen Ann Nzinga, and so many more) can you hear us grandfather (Gandhi, Garvey and Lamumba) we are living in accordance to the divine.

The song ends when someone knocks on the door.  Knock and the door shall be opened!

Play on Great Spirits, Play On

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March 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm