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I’m thrilled and inspired to be one (of the two) main producers of Deepak Chopra’s new book & album “HOME: Where Everyone Is Welcome.” It is also an honor to perform the flugelhorn on several tracks including "Queen" inspired Celia Cruz, who I have long admired.
Here is a picture of my grandfather Abraham Oster who came to the United States from Lithuania and sold apples to survive during the Great Depression, then went on to sell cars in his hometown of Pawtucket Rhode Island. He and my grandmother raised two sons, one who became the Mayor of neighboring Lincoln, RI. I didn’t have a chance to meet my grandfather, but his work ethic, persistence, and resilience inspire me to this day.
The last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about our country. And I keep thinking about my grandfather Abraham and what he would think about what's going on with our country.
And I keep thinking about what country I’m going to leave behind for my children and their children.
The United States of America. What unites us? What do we have in common? What makes America great, and ALWAYS will? For me, it is the acceptance and openness to all, an acknowledgment that everyone that chooses to do so can add something good to our country. America, where everyone is welcome. This openness is what has made us great, and makes us great right now.
My involvement in "HOME - Where Everyone is Welcome" is a way to contribute something positive and hopefully enrich our cultural conversation. In helping to present the music and poetry of Deepak, Kabir Sehgal, and Paul Avgerinos, we’re creating in the spirit of another Abraham - Abraham Lincoln who said "with malice toward none and charity for all." It has been a pleasure working with the production team, recording and mixing tracks, and working with guest artists. THANK YOU to the entire team for your hard work and faith.