After Disaster: The Big One Hits.. Japan?

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A little over a week ago, Alanna and I released Emergency Songs. It is a concept album that has the purpose of creating awareness about a massive earthquake rocking Los Angeles to its core. According to geologists, this is a reality that our city will face within the next 30 years. So far, the album has received a warm reception from our fans, friends, and family.

Normally after the initial release, the next month is spent focusing on getting reviews, blogs about the release, and interviews. It is quite critical to move quickly because in the music world, the farther away from the release date you get, the less likely a chance of sparking interest.

About 24 hours ago(as of this writing), the big one struck. Not Los Angeles, but off the coast of Honshu island followed by a tsunami that has wiped away whole villages and wreaked havoc on Japan. The damage reports and footage continue to give us a sense of how devastating this has been. I have been in touch with my friends that live in Japan and thankfully they are all okay. My deepest condolences for those who have lost loved ones.

All of this brings me back to this album about an earthquake. Where do we go from here? On one hand, the purpose of creating the album was to raise awareness about earthquakes and this event has created a certain relevance that didn’t exist 24 hours ago. On the other hand, pitching the album to anyone right now just feels like we’re being opportunistic and insensitive about what has just occurred.

I wanted to post something on facebook this morning about it, but everything I wrote sounded like a press release that in turn was a promotion for the album. I decided not to post anything. I did manage to email one blogger, but I’ve been regretting my decision all day.

All of this is nothing compared to what the people affected by the quake are dealing with. Same with the people still recovering from the earthquakes in Hati, Pakistan, China, and Chile to name a few. I suppose when you make art out of what for many can be tragedy, this is a dilemma one faces.

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About Monk Turner
"This prolific/eclectic artist/producer uses a spectrum of styles, generating entire concept albums. Turner is both daring and melodically gifted..." -Music Connection Magazine "You've got to love Monk Turner for creativity and witty lyrics. He combines various music genres and creates tracks suited for any type of music listener." -FrostClick Over the past decade, Monk Turner has produced more than 20 concept albums, using a freeform collective of musicians who share his passion for creating unique, genre-defying music. His songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements, and his reach continues to widen. “Seeking” from the 2008 release, Love Story currently has had more than 500,000 plays on the online radio station, Pandora. Music from Emergency Songs was featured in an international video that was created in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. But, his most ambitious project to date has been the production of his 2012 album, Kaleidoscope, where he collaborated with more than 40 national and international artists to create an album of music and poetry based on the concept of color. Turner offers free download capabilities via the unconventional distribution platform offered by Creative Commons licenses so that the public is able to enjoy and share his music.

2 Responses to After Disaster: The Big One Hits.. Japan?

  1. andy siti says:

    My deepest condolence to your friends in Japan too… I hope all of us will stay safe wherever we are.

    I Like. 🙂

  2. Pingback: A Brand New World, A New Beginning « Monk Turner's Angular Blogosphere

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