An open communication to Quincy Jones, Lionel Ritchie, Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean...
Updated: Apr 29
and to producers: Randy Phillips, Peter Tortorici, Humberto Gattica & RedOne ~
Recorded 2.1.2010. Quincy Jones, Executive Producer; Lionel Ritchie, producer in collaboration with Executive Producer, Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips, Peter Tortorici, Producer Humberto Gattica & RedOne; co-produced by Rickey Minor, Mervin Warren, Patti Austin. Academy Award Winning Director, Paul Haggis filmed the private recording session to create the video and was Film Director & Executive Producer with Jones, Ritchie, Jean, Phillips & Tortorici.
"I'M IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND"*
“…the concrete jungle where dreams are made of…there’s nothing you can’t do...” Jay-Z, Alicia Keys*
I write about L O V E, and am reaching out to you, the artists, Lionel Ritchie, Jamie Foxx & Wyclef Jean, who sing and write about L O V E; Quincy Jones who produces the art for our screens.
For the last six years, I have blogged about love and compassion (LindaMarsanico.com). This week, I reviewed my prior essays, and came across “We Are The World For Africa” (https://www.lindamarsanico.com/post/2016/12/02/we-are-the-children) and “We Are The World For Haiti,” which I presented on November 21 & December 6, 2016 respectively (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Glny4jSciVI&feature=emb_title).
The “heart and soul” demonstrated by these performers on your videos…rouses me to action for the Empire State of New York.
In your glorious composition, there are striking phrases:
“We are the world, connected by a common bond, LOVE…the whole planet singing along…
…every citizen pitching in…to make the world win.”
“We can’t go on, pretending day by day, that someone, somehow, will soon make a change.”
Your videos remind me that WE – in New York - ARE the children, and that Governor Cuomo needs our help to cover the costs of responding to the Covid-19 challenge. Yes, we need an infusion of cash.
Joel sang “A New York State of Mind” in tribute to 911 heroes, and we can sing it today for our new heroes – the essential workers who risk their lives every day, the citizens who are living paycheck-to-paycheck who now, have none; and the homeless who need integrated services. Our citizens need testing in labs - resources that are either not available or beyond the means of this sanctuary city.
I can envision a new video: We Are The World 19 for New York, a simulcast...
This has been said many times, many ways: Buddha (Just do), Steve Jobs (Do) The Black-Eyed Peas, “LET’S DO IT.”
Wishing you Peace & Love,
Linda Marsanico Ph.D.
"Our spiritual journey is all about us."
*New York State of Mind, definition: “Anything is possible. You have to be on the streets, meeting people, talking to random strangers, giving and taking.” (Google 2020)
**”It was so easy living day by day/Out of touch with the rhythm and blues/But now I need a little give and take/The New York Times, The Daily News,” written by Billy Joel, Universal Music Publishing Group, 1976)
***”Empire State of Mind” written by Angela Hunte & Janet ‘Jnay’ Sewell Ulepic, on the Roc Nation, LLC label, 2009