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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

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

Written by farishields

March 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

World Peace – Original Song by Far I – Lyrics and Description

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World Peace Lyrics & Description

Jonathan Gomwalk from Nigeria Film Production
Alvin from Belize on Bass
Far I  from the US on Guitar and Vocals

Welcome, It’s the awakening of spirit

Can you hear it, tell me can you feel it
Awakening of Spirit – My People you are it
Repeat

Only way we gonna make it through these days
We must meditate and pray
Repeat

Over in Trinidad been developing
And in the states we are networking
In Africa we are uniting
See the Golden Age is dawning, The Golden Age is Dawning, The Golden Age is Dawning

Harmony, Use your talent,
Create World Peace
We must live in Balance, live in balance, we must live in Balance

World Peace, World Peace, World Peace its not that far away
Peace of mind will come when you meditate and pray
Repeat
Muslims, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, every day they pray

Meditate on world peace and make a brighter day
Repeat
World Peace, World Peace, World Peace its not that far away
Peace of mind will come when you meditate and pray

Only way we gonna make it through these days
We must meditate and pray
Repeat

Feel the Muslims in Mecca Praying

And the People of Japan them Chanting

High Priest in Africa they drumming

Yogis in India meditating

See the Golden Age is dawning, The Golden Age is Dawning, The Golden Age is Dawning

Harmony, Use your talent,
Create World Peac
We must live in Balance, live in balance, we must live in Balance

Jonathan on video says Irie yes I Rastafari!  Beautiful Brotha.

This is a spur of the moment video opportunity that just happened.  No rehersal.  Alvin on the bass is fantastic and picked up the song quickly and we recorded it.  These were the last days that I lived in the house on 11th Ave. where I raised my children.  We were a victim of a combination of predatory lending and loss of income due to the collapse of the US Real Estate industry which I had put all my eggs in that one basket.  It was crazy good when it was happening and crazy bad when it was not.  Anyway it set the stage for this video because I had the PA system set up in the living room and was jamming my way through some tough times.  Wify had already moved out and I had the children half a week.  Lots a jamming.  Plenty of heartfelt jamming.

One cool thing is that we had the African Diaspora on this one of two recordings done on that day.  Jonathan Gomwalk’s father was the Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia.  He actually received a gift from His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie,  a ping pong set that he went on to represent his country in championship tournaments.  Wow, I am so honored to be in his presence it is like a reminder from the divine that we are truly serving divine energy on the planet.  Alvin I have know for years and is from Belize in Central America.  Funny thing is that about 20 years ago we played together and I was playing bass and he was playing guitar.  Now it’s the opposite.  He has a great family man feel when he plays the bass just steady.

We also recorded Zoom together the same day.  So check.  Make sure you find what you came here to planet earth to do, give it your all and enjoy the process.

One Love!
3/5/2011

Written by farishields

March 11, 2011 at 2:47 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

New Day – Original Song by Far I – Lyrics and Description

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New Day – Lyrics and Description

I open my eyes – I’m surrounded by Love
I open my soul and I become Love
And life says son – What do you want
I say I want Joy, Peace, Love and Happiness for Everyone
Because it’s about Love, Sweet Love
It’s about Faith
It’s about a beautiful sunrise
And a warm embrace

New Day is dawning
Sun is on the rise
Jump in the rhythm
Enjoy your life

Get a call from a loved one
Who says you’re the one
You make life worth living
You make this life so fun

There is a message we want you to know
It’s very important so please listen close
Well we love you so
This you’ve got to know
Yeah we love you so
This you’ve got to know

It’s a New Day
Repeat

In 2007 this incredible woman named Sarah Bond was introduced to me by David Cook of Movizine.  The beautiful woman and connected instantly and David had been wanting us to perform together. We met at a Movizine meeting in San Francisco.  After the meeting Sarah, David and Myself played music together.  We played on song for 3 hours.  We went into a deep trance.  When we came out of the meditation Sarah whispered Namaste.  I was blown away because I did not think this young woman would know anything about ancient Sanskrit words and their mystical meanings.  When she whispered Namaste I had a vision of 3 traveling to the city.  The lady was riding a prayer elephant.  I eventually painted the scene that was so vividly shown to me in the vision that painting I entitled Namaste.

This was the beginning of our great friendship.  We went on to perform several shows together and even record one song Watah.   One day Sarah insisted that I drive up to Napa to watch this movie called the secret.  I felt her determination and I made the 1 hour voyage up north to watch the movie with her and a small group of friends.  The movie changed my life.  It freed me from the bondage of being something other than myself.  The sly and the Family stone sung “ Thank You for letting me be myself again.”  this is how I felt after watching the movie and then studying the concepts presented  in the movie over and over again until I could wrap my mind around the concept of the law of attraction.

The moment that I grasped the reality that we control our own destiny by what we think, say and do I began seriously pondering how I was going to channel my inner thoughts and what is it that I really want to happen.  The next thought came to me well narrow it down what would you like your dream day to look like.  Then I took it further how would your dream day start.  What would be on your mind when you first woke up.  From this thought came the song New Day.

May all of your every days be filled with love and excitement – remember It’s a New Day!
A special thanks to David Cook and Sarah Bond – thank you for enriching my life