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New Song: Water Won't Drown Me

While spending time rehearsing for upcoming shows, I paused for a moment to listen to the lyrics and rhythm that was being placed on my heart. The words pictured those experiences in life that we all face on our journey through relationships of every kind, with family, friends, lovers & God. I felt as if I was being gifted with spirited words of affirmation to share and carry through this glorious new year. Draw the strength to Live your dreams in 2014. And remember no matter what you may encounter along the way... the "Water Won't Drown Me"

Listen to Water Won't Drown Me on SoundCloud here: http://tiny.cc/ypsp9w

Lyrics: Paper kites & rubber balloon strings taste of ink revealing new meanings rising tide, water wont drown me can you hear the pounding, my heart singin oh, no, the water won't drown me In winter sky, sun sets quickly love goes blind, faith finds new meaning I stand alone, but I'm never lonely fireflies chase out the dark singin oh, no, the water wont drown me You write the song, my heart will sing You be the one, I draw your strength singin oh, no, the water wont drown me Cotton clouds but not like the candy roller-coaster ride that I’m ending along the way cold rains down on me hummingbirds will guide me through safe singin oh, no, the water won't drown me

You write the song, my heart will sing You be the one, I draw your strength singin oh, no, the water wont drown me

(view the image on FB... http://tinyurl.com/mdnnctq )


There is little comparison between our 25' foot camper and the Delorian except for this fact, as we traveled across the Memphis bridge we took a trip Back to the Future. Most of our time was spent reliving moments of American culture from civil rights to music history. We traveled in time through the story of Martin Luther King and the movement of civil-social empowerment he drove, we visted the hotel room he spent his last earthly hours in. The mood changes as our tour progressed and find ourselves aross the street looking through the enemy's window. From here we stood in the very spot where James Earl Ray took aim, fired and killed one of the greatest civil rights leaders of African American history. As the mood fades to gray we turn the page, walking away from the Memphis Civil Rights Museum we're greeted by an Urban Folk Art highlight. The Magnificent mural project, How Sweet The Sound by Edwin McSwine, depicts the faith, pride and harmony that rings aloud in Memphis.

If you are ever anywhere near the corner of Mulberry St. & Patterson Ave. in Memphis stop and discover, How Sweet The Sound. I stopped to freestyle a new song in front of the mural, watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkeyUh0v3Ds&feature=plcp

In a town where music makes the loudest sound, Memphis is the long time home to blues, soul, rock & roll. Another musical highlight was Sun Studios were we listened to Elvis's first recorded song, 'My Happiness.' As we stood in the actual recording room we also heard a playback of 'Blue Suede Shoes' by Carl Perkins. The moments felt surreal, reliving the classic sounds and experiences of early Sun Studio musical greats.

More info: Artist Edwin McSwine - www. blackartinamerica.com/profile/EdwinMcSwine



Two days is not nearly enough time to spend in what some proudly recall, The Scruffy Little City. Tennessee’s third largest city, Knoxville is home to pioneers in industry, leaders in the arts, and traditionalists working to preserve its heritage. Knoxville culture and history can be explored and discovered in its 20 museums, numerous performing arts venues, and its historic neighborhoods.

A far cry from scruffy, this brightly spirited town should be titled the 'Soul Shine City.' With defined cultural diversity in music, art, and culinary, it's impossible to leave Knoxville without feeling inspired. Best make sure you grab a buttermilk biscuit too, on your way out. On our drive from Knoxville into Memphis I reflected on good times spent with Heath & Jess, new friends and oh Panama Jack too. As I daydream on the parts of Knoxville I yearn to experience on our return I felt inspired to describe the 'Soul Shine City' in poem...

Lyrics from the Road:

Paint Your Colors - Take your soul shine and mix it with rain. Add your sweet style and stir it all in. Dash of lemon lime shake it all up. Mix your colors. Take your black and white, outline it with love. Take your Summertime BluEZ and turn the volume. Scarlet Butterfly to Marley could you be love. Paint your colors. I paint my blue skies over your river of love. When the clouds roll over I ride the sun up. Like an early bird rising just to sing your song. Paint your colors. Your like sweet tea on summers hottest day. The best buttermilk biscuit Knoxville Tennessee. A little honey, good enough for me. Paint your colors. You're my clear skies after the hurricane. My rainbow after the storm and the rain. Lucky pot of gold when lucks running away. Slide into my, Slide into my. Slide into my rainbow yeah.

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Oh how I can't wait to get my butter biscuit fix at the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, 2013 couldn't come soon enough for me!


On Saturday May 12 we traveled west towards Tennessee and fell unexpectedly onto the Dragons Tail en-route to Knoxville Tennessee. With camper in-tow and front brakes smoking like Cuban cigars as we crept along the 318 curves & turns that riddle this NC/TN highway. I said aloud, "I wish we would had taken the highway around," but I took it back when realized that we just happen upon America's number one motorcycle and sports car road, the treacherous Dragons Tail.


Our anticipated musical journey begins in the New Age Mecca of North Carolina. Musicians take their place on it's four corners as the mosaic of sound spills into the air, filling the streets like a river. Drums chant aloud speaking for the spiritual souls past, present and future. It's natures call to the ordinary and the strange, to come together as one to celebrate life as the Creatures we are, human beings. - 5/10/12

New Tasty Apple i-Tunes Music

Catch the news... New Release on i-Tunes Now! Yellow Summer Days is Now Available on Apple i-Tunes for downloading. Songs: Worth the Drive & Earth Girl

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F.O.D Fest Tour 09 - The Journey!


There are some amazing events that occur in life and are so inspiring and memorable that I can't possibly keep them to myself. One of such events was the F.O.D. fest tour that I was a part of last weekend. On Friday Oct. 9 a group of random songwriters and musicians took the Shakori Hills stage together to celebrate the memory of Danny Pearl within that musical moment. I had joined the F.O.D. squad as they so named themselves, on Friday, after the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Fest show we traveled to Atlanta GA to perform with another group of Atlanta GA musicians at the Candler Park Festival and Lake Community Stage. The positive vibe that was experienced was so amazing and will forever be remembered. Amidst the celebratory spirit there was much reflection on the purpose and mission of F.O.D. fest (Friends of Danny Pearl) which enlivens his memory through the many musicians who have united to be a part of his story.

I returned home from that leg of the Tour on Sunday but F.O.D. fest continues on...They are currently visiting and performing in Taiwan. I encourage you to take a min to check out info on F.O.D. fest its purpose, mission and its tour blog. www.fodfest.org

Musicians who performed on the Shakori Hills Grassroots fest Meadow stage, Silk Hope NC: SONiA (Disappear Fear),Todd Mack,Jordan Loder,Aidan O'Brien,Greg Colburn,Laurece West,Sai Collins, Someones Sister and more...

Musicians who performed on the Candler Park Festival, Atlanta Georgia: Blair Lott Band,David Keehn,Beth Heidelberg,Chip Epsten,Bill Shadle,Todd Mack, Sai Collins, Greg Colburn, Jordan Loder, Chip and more...

View Pics of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Show and Candler Festival Show: www.facebook.com/saicollins

"Some people believe in miracles, some people believe in love... Say I believe, I believe I believe in Love!" -Love Gold

'Yellow Summer Days' Releases on CDBaby 10/09

The Sai Collins Single; 'Yellow Summer Days' featuring guitarist Wes Sayer, released today, October 8 2009 and is now available for streaming and downloading on CDBaby.

The direct link is: http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/saicollins

Or simply return to the home page of www.saicollins.com and click on the 'Store' tab, just above the music jukebox player.

Enjoy the tunes!

Shakori Hills Music Festival w/ FOD fest

I'm excited to announce that I will be performing with FOD fest at 12:30am on The Meadow Stage @ Shakori Hills Music festival 09.

About FOD Fest - In 2002, the world came to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall St. Journal reporter who was abducted and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan. A classically trained violinist and avid fiddler & mandolin player, music was Danny’s way of connecting with people and learning about the local culture as he traveled the world. Todd Mack, a close friend of Pearl’s, started FODfest (Friends of Danny festival) as a way to honor his friend with a legacy that reflects the ideals by which he lived rather than the tragic way in which he died. Read more about Daniel Pearl and Fod Fest by visiting this link: http://fodfest.org/about.html

FOD Fest has posted its US and international tour on its website; www.fodfest.org

Check out the dates and also visit www.fodfest.org/video.html to see footage of past FOD Fest events.

2009 Performers, tickets and directions viewable @ www.shakorihills.org

Tickets: $30.00

In Studio - 'Along The Way'

Tuesday June 9, 09

Live and in studio with Producer Carl Blackmon, we have begun setting the stage for a new song titled, ' Along the Way' (acoustic version)

I stepped into the shoulder width oven of a sound booth and immediately began to have cognition of what it would be like to fly in a one man rocket headed to the moon or maybe planet Popcorn Flint (if you haven't heard its planet #8) Getting my thoughts back into the music, I sit down placing my Taylor on one knee and begin strumming warm chords that drive us into the journey song. We make a few takes just to get the right feel and convey a rootsy emotion. Once we nail the guitar track I stand up placing Taylor to the side and wipe the sweat from my brow. I move into the vocal mic and let my mind reflect on the spirit of the song. My mind begins to relive past memories of adventures and the emotions that grew within them.

With my head raised high and the spirit of Jah in my heart I begin pouring lyrical flow into the mic. As the rhythmic voice of wood & strings rhymed with my soul, my hands raised themselves to gesture praise (YaDaH) and thanksgiving. My spirit remained filled with J.O.Y. that's given from above. Our life is a journey though a bounty of experiences that will influence and effect us personally. Along the way we all reach markers that help us measure our progress towards our destination. To hold on tight to our J.O.Y. and strength we must stay plug into the source of truth and spiritual light, YaHWeH. Psalms 83:18 (from the original Hebrew writing)

I hope this song inspire you to remember the greatness of the Artist in the Sky and use the inspiration of his spirit to empower you towards your destination... finding greater joy and making praise Along The Way!

Lyrics: Along The Way

Sunshine blue skies please don't go away There's no greater blessing than to wake up in a new day Still many will sit in wonder, to whom to give their praise But I let my soul shine bright and let Jah love light my way

Destination tell me where are we going No hesitation even when I'm not all knowing The situation, let the positive vibe keep flowing Through inspiration, I find it in Jah's creation Along the way Along the way Along the way

Tell me mother ocean who's the majesty of your waves To listen to your ocean song, I long to everyday Still I will sit in wonder, yet to Him I give my praise Yo I let my soul shine bright in this world and let Jehovah light my way

Destination tell me where are we going No hesitation even when I'm not all knowing The situation, let the positive vibe keep flowing Through inspiration, I find it in Jah's creation Along the way Along the way Along the way

I'm giving thanks to the One who resides up above who gave us music and she's my lover I'm giving thanks to the One who resides up above who gave us music and she's my lover

Say YaDaH

(Along the Way is inspired by the Hebrew writer David who had an immeasurable relationship with Jah. He never shied away from expressing his genuine love for the life and nature that Jah blessed his journey with. David's writings in Psalms 83:18 and Psalms 93:3-5) Selah and Yadah


Thursday June 11, 09

Alive and inspired in the studio recording percussion with Timi Irie.