Friday, February 11, 2005

1 Giant Leap

I'm in the process of converting all my e-mail into Mozilla Thunderbird, a totally sweet open-source mail client from Mozilla. I've commented on Mozilla's other product before, but that's not what this is about.

I found an old e-mail that I had sent out to a bunch of my friends about a CD that my dad's old company produced when he worked for them. The e-mail was dated 5/5/2002, so that gives you an idea of how old this is...however, I still think it's relevant and I wanted to share it. The sites that I list are still available and the CD/DVD is out as well. Check it out if you have a chance.

At the risk of sounding sentimental or cliched, I want to tell you guys how proud I am of something that my dad is a part of. For several months, my dad has been telling me about a project that his company, Palm Pictures is working on called 1 Giant Leap. Since he introduced it to me, I cannot stop thinking about it. I truly believe that if it takes hold, 1 Giant Leap could be a revolutionary step for our world.

In a time where trust between nations is at an all-time low, the 1 Giant Leap project is a shining beacon of what our world could be. The project, which is headed by Faithless member Jamie Catto and his friend, Duncan Bridgeman, is a trek across the world that ignores boundaries, skin colors, and religions and studies the concept of "unity through diversity".
The CD part of 1 Giant Leap was released this month, but I have been privileged to be listening to it for several months now because of my dad. Ever since I first put the plain black disc into my CD player I have been entranced by the music. To think that something so beautifully written can be also be so fantastic to listen to is best summed up by one of the review I read on "1GL is more than a fab record (which it is) and more than a thought-provoking film (which it is). It is-and no apologies here to those of you with sensitive bull detectors-a manifesto for a better world. And you can dance to it."
--Daily Express

I believe that the quote above says it all. The album contains world artists working together in a progressive movement of sound and rhythm. The way in which is was created allowed a drummer from Africa to collaborate with a sitar player from India. What results is a unique sound that I don't think has been created before. Certainly not with such a positive message.

I urge all of you, if you get a chance, to check out their web site, or go to the Palm web site, and check it out. If you see me, ask to listen to it because I have it with me almost all the time.

I realize that this might sound a bit cheesy, maybe a little overbearing, and a bit preachy, but the timing for this project could not be much better. Our world is becoming increasingly cynical and negative and the 1 Giant Leap that we can take is towards a better environment for all of us.

I am extremely proud that my dad is a part of this project and I truly believe in it. I am hoping that you might take an interest in it because I truly believe that this is might be just what we need.

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