May 24, 2017
"What the world needs now is love sweet love. Its the only thing that there's just too little of." Truer words were never spoken, and those words were sung in a song that's over 50 years old.
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, "What the World Needs Now is Love" was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965 and was covered the following year by Dionne Warwick. Ms. Warwick had initially turned down the song. While we here at ChromeOrange don't personally know her, we surmise that the song's message was, at the time, just too good to pass up. After all, the mid-60's was the height of the civil rights movement in this country. It was also the middle of our involvement in the Vietnam War. Literally, we were drowning in hatred and despair.
As we sat here tonight contemplating a blog post, we kept hearing those words in our heads, over and over again: What the world needs now is love sweet love, Its the only thing that there's just to little of. We were just small children when Jackie DeShannon and Dionne Warwick recorded those words. How sad is it that those words still apply? We still live in a world of hatred, fear and despair. The May 2017 terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, further points that out to us in a most painful way.
The world needed love in 1965. It still does. There was just too little of it in 1965. In 2017, there's still just too little of it. Can one voice change the world? We don't know. But, we've got more than one of them among our ChromeOrange artists. Their one voice may not change the world, but it's one voice more than the world has right now.
April 30, 2017
In his quest for inclusion, Kyle Royce of Kyle Royce & The World hit the bulls eye tonight with his acoustic rendition of "Stay" by Zedd and Alessia Cara. Joining Kyle in this special performance was Ecuadorian drummer Zongo. To say that there was magic in the studio would be a complete understatement. Even words like "electric" and "energy" pale in comparison to vibe between these two extraordinary musicians.
We met Zongo when he answered our ad, in which we were looking for a drummer for Kyle Royce & The World. He said his time here on his visitor's visa was almost up. That struck us as a bit odd because he did answer our ad! But, nonetheless, we knew the pairing was meant to be, so we invited him to ChromeOrange Studios to record a cover video of "Stay" with Kyle. Last night, they worked out their ideas, which just fell into place like a hot knife through butter. The emotional and spiritual connection between Kyle and Zongo melted away the cultural, ethnic and language differences. It was not about who was born where and how each grew up (and where) or what their religious beliefs are (or aren't) or what their sexual orientations are... or what race each is. Because all of those things are different between the two. If you were to look at those things alone, you wouldn't find much common ground. But, that's not what matters when you're in the studio collaborating with another extraordinary musician on a plain of consciousness called music. At that moment, it's all about the music, the camaraderie... two souls that connect in a way that just can't be explained in words.
We don't know when we'll see Zongo again, but what we do know is that music creates indelible bonds that transcend time, space and distance. We're pretty sure that this is the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Kyle, Zongo and everyone here at ChromeOrange. We're going to try to help Zongo obtain an artist visa. Perhaps one day soon, he'll be behind the drums on stage with Kyle Royce & The World.
Stay tuned for more about Kyle and Zongo's gorgeous rendition of "Stay." You won't want to miss something this special!
September 5, 2015
As the video shoot for Kyle Royce's first video, "Fallin" got underway today on location in Huntington Village, Long Island, everyone was struck by the diversity of the people Kyle has gathered together to be in the video -- people of almost all races, religions and backgrounds sharing a love of music and an admiration of their mutual friend, Kyle Royce. Most of them didn't grow up together. Most of them didn't grow up in the same way, with the same traditions, customs, beliefs and ideals. Most of them didn't know one another until they met today at the shoot. But, there are two things they DID share that are the threads of commonality that bind them together: music and friendship through Kyle. That's what their focus was on today, not who came from where and who has what color skin and... all of those things that really don't matter. Instead, the focus was on music, the purpose of the day, and a incredibly-talented guy named Kyle Royce. And, I've got to tell you -- we, the management of ChromeOrange -- being from a different generation than these young men and women, blended right in, too. And, that's exactly what Kyle's inclusion movement is all about. When you look for commonality and seize the opportunity to share in something that unites and creates those threads of commonality, all of a sudden, there is no division -- no division by race, age, religion, nationality, ethnicity... or ANYTHING. There is only a positiveness that paves the way for all kinds of great things to come.
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