2006-05-22

2006-05-22 - ASCAP 2006 Pop Music Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel , Los Angeles



On Stage :

Solo performance for the ASCAP 2006 Pop Music Awards

"In recognition of the impact of new and developing musical genres which help shape the future of American music and which gain early popularity on college radio, ASCAP is proud to present the 2006 ASCAP College Vanguard Award to Joseph Arthur. This award is also presented to Joseph Arthur in appreciation of his compelling song, "In the Sun," and his generous contributions to the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort."


Setlist : 

in the sun


Recording :

Sadly, there's no audio recording of this event. 
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2006-05-18

LYRICS : Chapter 19



I saw a nail driven into his hand
I was close to it
I saw the flesh cave and the blood leak around the edges of the nail
I saw a nail driven into his feet
And into his other hand
His face flew into my heart
I begged for salvation
I begged to be forgiven
I said I love you
To his impossible light
I saw the crown of thorns forced onto his head
I saw the blood drip into his eyes
I saw him naked and exposed
And displayed on the cross
I could feel what he felt
I could feel that salvation has a weighty price

I could feel that salvation has a weighty price
And that my soul is lost
Then I was with my guru
An african tribesman
I loved him
With a love that wasn't human
He was everything to me
He said its simple. I love you
Then he disintegrated
His body blew away into the wind
And his skull fell to the ground
But he appeared again as spirit
He was showing me that he was not his body
Then I was a corpse
My bones and dusts of skin
Lying in the desert
My spirit still trying to exist
In this motionless pit
I was illuminated
I was not my body
My body was blown away by the wind
Then I was asked where love comes from

I was not my body
My body was blown away by the wind
Then I was asked where love comes from
The emotion of love
Separate from your animal self
I saw love as a spirit
Which is my nature
Love can save me
I heard myself say I love you
Over and over
To this formless presence that was with me
I love you so much
I felt protected
I felt safe
I was outside my body
I saw my body function as an animal
And I realized that this is not me
But knowing what I was went so far beyond comprehension that I couldn't take it

An animal
And I realized that this is not me
But knowing what I was went so far beyond comprehension that I couldn't take it
I opened my eyes
I saw the african statue of two heads connected in a kiss that blended faces
I was on a trampoline
I was falling so fast and so far
I was going into hell
I was falling thru fire
Nothing could save me
I prayed earnestly
I hit the trampoline
I flew up so far
Into the sky out of the atmosphere
Deep into space and then some place beyond space
I touched him again and then I fell again
All the way back down
And then I went all the way up again
And I saw a painting I made of Cerise
She appeared as an angel of mercy
I closed my eyes
I saw my dark nature
My greedy conniving lying self with red lips and plastic body melt away in damnation
I begged again to be saved
I begged again to be forgiven
I was stripped away of everything
I was laid bare
I was naked in a hot room
With a fan blowing on me
My hands were holding each other over my chest
And I was praying
I was humbled
I saw a cartoon version of my heart
Beat outside of my body
Which was covered in white healing light
And mending my smoky throat
I love you
Is my mantra
I love you
Is my home



LYRICS : Chapter 15



I want to wake up
I want you to wake up
I want us to start a revolution
I want to wake as a soldier of mercy
A merchant of peace
A bringer of glory
And a keeper of faith
I want fear to dissolve
And I want to honor the voice of God
Which I hear clearly now
Telling me happiness is mine
Peace is ours
And joy will bloom in every heart that beats
On this strange rock
Heated so delicately by a flame which rages deep in space
A flame of unknown origin
A flame like the heart of God
A gift of mystery and passion
A bringer of life
A protector
A nurturer
A mother and father a sister and brother
A flame which exists in consciousness
A flame which I ignited before the beginning of time
Before I created this mind
Which can only feel its heat as a dream
And sees its opposite glow on the moon
Which guides the tide of the waters
From which we were born
We are water and we are fire
We are the earth and we are the air
God is mercy
We give ourselves
When we wake up
We are one
God is mercy
We give ourselves
When we wake up
We are one
When we wake up
We are one

LYRICS : Chapter 4



Hello brother, Hello sister
Hello
Care and share, love and give
Apply it
In your very own life

Our truth is one, paths are many

Mohammed
Mohammed and Jesus
Are one and the same spirit
Expresses itself

Delight in humanity in the name of
That which is supposed to unite us

One and the same spirit
Mohammed and Jesus
They want us all to be together

The sages and the prophets
Who gave us these beautiful paths
Who are dividing us
They want us all to be together

Oh Mohammed
Hello Mohammed, Hello Jesus
Hello Mohammed, Hello Jesus

Wherever you go, say:
"We look different
But we are all one in spirit"

Hello brother, Hello sister

Wherever you go
We look different
But we are all one in spirit

Wherever you go, say:
"We look different
But we are all one in spirit"

Hello brother, Hello sister
Care and share, love and give
Apply it
In your very own life
Apply it

Hello Jesus, Hello Mohammed
There is no need to claim
That only one should be worshipped
There is no need to claim
That only one should be worshipped



The Invisible Parade






We Almost Made It is the title of Joseph Arthur's first artbook, released in  May 18, 2006.

It comes with a CD titled The Invisible Parade, a 21-track disc of mostly instrumental songs.

Joseph described the set as "an artbook with a soundtrack." Only 5000 copies of the book/disc set were released. The hardcover book contains 110 pages of Joseph's original artwork, marking the first time a collection of his artwork has been made available for publication. 
The songs "Chapter 4," "Chapter 15," and "Chapter 19" are the only songs on the disc that have lyrics. 
"Chapter 15" contains lyrics taken from Joseph's poem "On a boat from Ireland to England," and "Chapter 19" contains lyrics from the poem "I saw a nail driven into his hand" (both poems posted on Joseph's website in October 2005). 

"Chapter 1" and "Chapter 8" also appeared in the documentary film Deliver Us from Evil in 2006 (with "Chapter 1" listed as "Cathedral," and "Chapter 8" listed as "Pyramids"). 

The book was only available through his website and at his live shows.

All tracks are written by Joseph Arthur.


Tracklist & Lyrics :

1. "Chapter 1" 4:18
2. "Chapter 2" 4:13
3. "Chapter 3" 3:41
4. "Chapter 4" 3:48
5. "Chapter 5" 1:21
6. "Chapter 6" 4:49
7. "Chapter 7" 3:33
8. "Chapter 8" 2:42
9. "Chapter 9" 1:08
10. "Chapter 10" 1:06
11. "Chapter 11" 3:14
12. "Chapter 12" 3:08
13. "Chapter 13" 1:18
14. "Chapter 14" 4:58
15. "Chapter 15" 3:28
16. "Chapter 16" 3:43
17. "Chapter 17" 3:26
18. "Chapter 18" 3:28
19. "Chapter 19" 6:51
20. "Chapter 20" 3:50
21. "Chapter 21" 9:41


All songs written, produced, performed, mixed and arranged by Joseph Arthur.
Additional mixing and production by Matt Boynton, Gary Go and Andreas Wickmann.
Caroline Glass played: bass clarinet ("Chapter 1," "Chapter 3," "Chapter 10," "Chapter 11," "Chapter 18"), duduk ("Chapter 4"), oboe ("Chapter 10," "Chapter 11," "Chapter 21"), and English horn ("Chapter 16," "Chapter 21").
Additional drums by Greg Wieczorek (G.Wiz).


2006-05-08

PRESS KIT : The Invisible Parade

JOSEPH ARTHUR TO RELEASE 
FIRST EVER BOOK OF ORIGINAL ART 

We Almost Made It - Limited Edition Run Of 5000 Copies 
Includes New Instrumental Album The Invisible Parade 


May 8, 2006 Critically acclaimed musician Joseph Arthur will release his first ever hardcover book of original art titled We Almost Made It on May 18th, 2006 through 14th Floor Publishing. 

Arthur's book will be a limited edition run with only 5000 copies being made available to the public. Fans can log onto beginning today for pre-sale information. A brand new 21-track mostly-instrumental album called The Invisible Parade will accompany every copy of the book. 

"This project started as a zine, with drawings and poems and turned into an art book with a soundtrack, Joseph commented. "Typically a package is built to support and protect the music; this was the other way around. The music was built to support and protect the package. In a digital age this could be considered a throwback to a time when the artwork was important. 

Arthurs original paintings have become a hot collectable for his fans. During each of his live performances he constructs a new piece of art live on stage. Arthur recently held his first ever major art show at the Vertigo Galleries in London this past February. We Almost Made It is the first time a collection of his artwork has been made available for publication. 

Joseph Arthur will be returning to London to perform two shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall on June 1st & 2nd. His latest studio album Our Shadows Will Remain is currently drawing rave reviews from the UK media. 

Arthur recently produced Greg Connors new album, Here, There And Anymore and lent his vocals to several tracks of the forthcoming Twilight Singers album Powder Burns. Currently, Arthur is putting the finishing touches on a brand new studio album expected to be released in the U.S. this fall.