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    THE LOVE is a GRAMMY-nominated intergenerational hip hop album giving voice to what matters: love, belonging, and gender justice for all of us. Listen to what freedom sounds like - with over 60 guest artists joining Alphabet Rockers co-founders, Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Soulati Shepherd, along with voices from our next generation -- Lillian Ellis, Maya Fleming, Kali de Jesus and Tommy “T3PO” Shepherd III. Hundreds of kids and families trusted us with their lived experience to write these songs. The responsibility is on each of us to honor these truths...today. The CD includes images of all the collaborators and celebrates our diversity.

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"Life’s a cycle to be changed - One day I can be / you can be change today" Someday reflects generations of individuals and communities making change, and reflects the honesty and love we share with our brilliant young people.

THE STORY
"Someday" is for our generation, and the one we are raising. It reflects the 7 generations before us, who created the freedom of space and opportunity for this diverse group of artists to be here together. This album is thus our legacy for the 7th generation to follow - for more peace, freedom, equality, equity, and understanding on this planet. Our collaboration here includes the magic of generations, as our youth rocker Maya sings as her grandfather Daniel plays piano.

lyrics

CHORUS
Someday
Someday we will learn
How to step back and create space
Life’s a cycle to be changed
One day
I can be
you can be change
Today

VERSE
I’m looking to the future while trying to be present
But if I take a real look back in generations
Over and over we witness history repeat
How to break the cycle I know that it starts with me
I need the real truth, all the pieces of the puzzle
Please don’t hide the pieces of pieces that give you trouble
I’m brave and asking, because I know knowledge is power
And what i do is for the love and peace for all of ours

CHORUS x2

(James Baldwin, read by Malachi Garza)
There are days, this is one of them...
when you wonder
what your role is in this country
and what your future is in it.

BRIDGE
By all rights we should be angry
The elders say anger won’t save me
It’s so clear that fear breaks and separates families
Fear breaks and separates families
Then History repeats
History repeats
Look back
Step back
Go back
Go back
Way back
Step back
Look back
Lookback
Stepback
Goback
Goback
Wayback
Stepback
Lookback
Lookback
Look back

VERSE
I’m looking to the future while trying to be present
Searching for the stories now of all of the seeds planted
Weaving bravery courage love into the fabric
Are they taken - erased - silenced - I can’t understand it-
If I had all the pieces and the knowledge
I’d take a big step back to acknowledge
The healers the prayers the lovers the callers
The dreamers the migrants the freedom fighters growing taller

CHORUS x2

(James Baldwin, read by Malachi Garza)
In my point of view, no label, no slogan,
no party, no skin color,
and indeed no religion
is more important than the human being.
Someday.

credits

from The Love (GRAMMY®​-​nominated), released August 8, 2019
CREDITS
Written by Kaitlin McGaw (Letter Kay ASCAP), Tommy Shepherd (Felonious Music ASCAP), and Derrick Okoth (All Family No Friends/This All We Got Music BMI)). Vocals include text excerpts of James Baldwin’s words as found in documentary film “I am Not Your Negro.” Produced by D.O. Speaks & Street Symphony, with Tommy Shepherd. Vocals produced and arranged by Jeff Kolhede. Lead Vocals: Tommy Shepherd, Kaitlin McGaw, Malachi Garza. Backing Vocals: Kali de Jesus, Lillian Ellis, Maya Fleming, Tommy Shepherd III. Piano: H. Daniel Mujahid. Recorded at Zoo Labs, Oakland with engineer Jeff Kolhede.

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