Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Baptista Effect - Music and Spirit Reaching New Heights

By the end of this last string of dates with BTD, all agreed that the band had reached a new musical level. Personally, I can measure my own growth through a deeper understanding of our leader and his concept. Cyro is a storyteller and a vehicle for sonic images. He doesn't want to complicate, impress, or confuse; he wants share, inspire, and connect. We all work diligently in specific formats, learning to play changes, read music, and feel swing. With such intense focus one can easily loose sight of original inspiration. For me, that inspiration has always been to communicate through music. Cyro is deeply connected to that inspiration and breaths conviction into every note he plays. In BTD we are digesting new cultures, embracing new influences, and nurturing our roots. This place where we first planted the dream of living with music. We come to you, humbly offering the fruits and seeds of loved labor, born in the spirit of collaborative creation, and channeled through voices, rhythms, and song. To Cyro, Eleonora, Chikako, Tim, Ze, Lisette, Brian, and Steve; Thanks for sharing your stories and for helping me stay inspired! You really brought your A game this time Bro-Dogs. Pau na Mula!!! Lets Go!!! Lets do it!!!

- Clay Ross


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