Welcome Home. We are ALL One.
Here is a collection of family immigrant stories from across our human experience.
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I'm honored and inspired to be one (of the two) main producers of Deepak Chopra’s new album & book “HOME: Where Everyone Is Welcome.” It has been a pleasure working with the production team co-led by Jeff Oster, recording and listening to track mixes, and working with guest artists.
I was adopted by the Ackerman family when I was six days old and this was the only family I knew. I was lucky. My father was an English professor at Stanford. In 1959, when I was 10 years old, we traveled to Germany and to the small town of Berneburg in the state of Hesse within sight of Russian-controlled East Germany. It was rumored my father's family came from there.
We drove into the town and came along side of a huge wooden hay wagon being towed by two huge horses. My father asked the man holding the reins if there were any Ackerman's in town. The man laughed so hard the horses were startled. "I'm an Ackerman, the mayor's an Ackerman, the doctor's an Ackerman" he said through his laughter. It was somehow magical to me… Now I had more than a name, now I shared my father's family… A family who was overjoyed to meet a descendant of people they knew and loved. I too had come home. My father had made good in the new country, and the family was proud of him. And I belonged as a part of it.
Mine is but one of the stories that make up these United States of America. For me, it is the acceptance and openness to all, whether or not we know our ancestors, an acknowledgment that everyone that chooses to do so can add something good to our country.
My involvement in "HOME - Where Everyone is Welcome" is a way to contribute something positive and hopefully enrich our cultural conversation. We are, after all, at home in a nation of immigrants.
I have enjoyed helping to present the music and poetry of Deepak, Kabir Sehgal, and Paul Avgerinos, and thank everyone, including all of the fine musicians on this project for making this all possible. I am tagging many of you with whom I've had the pleasure of working with and learning from. I think of my friends as family, which means you!