Sunday, April 09, 2006

Caedmon's Call and "Share the Well" info.

Here's a great interview with Cliff Young of Caedmon's Call (my favorite band for as long as I can remember and unlike any other band out there) about a sequel that they are working on to their album "Share the Well." StW is a FANTASTIC album that deals with international missions, poverty and oppression in third world countries.

The entire album was recorded in India, Equador, and Brazil, and those foreign influences are very strong throughout the album. It's not a new album (it came out in 2004), but it's probably my favorite album (of all that I own), and it's one that I feel the need to promote every once in a while because I feel everyone should know about it and the causes it supports and issues it addresses (such as Compassion International, the Dalit Freedom Network, the oppression of the Dalits in India, and poverty and hunger in South America). This interview just brought the album back to mind, so I thought I'd mention it here.

I know several of my friends are familiar with CC, and the majority of people who own StW are long-time CC fans. It didn't sell very well due to poor marketing and lack of promotion, but that's another topic for another time. If any album deserved great promotion, it was this one. As a result, I believe the album actually lost money (apart from the proceeds that went directly to Compassion and DFN), but it's never been about money with Caedmon's Call. The members of the band actually hold "real" jobs in addition to being in the band, and the band is about to put their lives and jobs on hold and go out and do this all again because they believe in it so much. Hopefully, if we can do our part to let others know about Caedmon's Call and StW, the second StW will be able to do even more good than the first.

Anyway, there are a lot of people out there who would really appreciate this album but may not know about it, so check it out of you're one of them. If you like world missions, world music, or international travel, StW deserves your attention.

Here are some clips from and comments about the album:

And here are some links to the Dalit Freedom Network and Compassion International.

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