Where the Wind Blows

I walk these streets a thousand miles
But still I can't find my way home
We march in line for nothing
Searching for a reason to be
We're running around in circles
But I know you won't forsake me

I don't know where to go
I don't know where the wind blows
Lord I know you'll lead me home
To the place where the wind blows

I'm looking for an answer to a question
I don't know how to ask
Searching high searching low
We traveled too far to turn back
From the mountains to the sea
Even alone you were with me
There's a hole in my heart
Seems the end is the same as the start

I don't know where to go
I don't know where the wind blows
Lord I know you'll lead me home
To the place where the wind blows

A Poem for Daniella..2 Leos and Love

Eros, Agape, Phileo, Storge
Love needs no proof
Or Alibi
Love does not turn off and on like a switch but ebbs and flows like water.
Love smolders like embers of coal and burns bright throughout the night
Love does not flicker and wane and leave us cold and wanting
She warms us, lights our path and smites the unsuspecting
Love is blind, selflessly giving her light to guide us on our way
Love binds but never destroys
Even when we run love gives chase
Love can make you forget the biggest indiscretions and faults
Love will teach you to forgive the things you cannot forget
Love is one of our wisest teachers, always preparing our next lesson
Love heals anyone that possesses her
Love can save us if we let her
REAL Love never leaves us

Photo by Francois de Halleux Copyright 2006

The Oneness of Love - Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh

As I sat in nature marveling at it's perfection
Balance and harmony in the one song universe
I know you are love and love is you
Isn't it strange how often we fear to express our love?
The source that heals our souls
The earth below and the sky above
It is you that I call to comfort me when fear is at my door
You hear our cries our voice is heard
Every tear that dropped and every word

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017...We Are All In This Together!

I am a firm believer that those that don't know history are doomed to repeat it.  However, the past is a place of reference not residence.  I am capping off a very tumultuous year for myself and this country at my parent's house in the quiet but beautiful and picturesque country near the North Carolina/Virginia border.  I just finished watching the new Dave Chappelle comedy special on Netflix where true to form; he literally offended pretty much every socio-economic/political/racial/religious/ethnic/gender group in existence in a hilarious manner.  The big question that came to mind after laughing for a solid hour was why do all those polarizing groups exist in the first place?

I have gone through several cycles of thought on division in my life on this planet.  I have traveled to various countries extensively and made friends all around the world.  What strikes me is no matter where I go, there are more similarities than differences between people everywhere.

I was always a s…

The Rand Experiment

After all this time I am finally getting to put out an album that has been a long time in the making.  I have played everything from Reggae and Gospel to Jazz and Soul to Hip-Hop.  However, my true love has always been Rock n' Roll!  I played in plenty of rock, metal and punk bands but no official recordings exist.

I remember the first time I heard Joe Satriani using the guitar as a lead instead of vocals, it was like I discovered the key to life!  Of course by the time I started playing shows as a teenager it was "taboo" to play anything technical, remotely fast or beyond pentatonic scales and power chords.  Seriously!? The dumbing down began.  So I did not stay true to myself and stopped playing the music I loved dearly.

But like my dad always said; you only fail when you quit.  So I am finally making my first true rock record.  It is featuring some of my good friends Forrest Robinson and Greg Washington on drums and my buddy Mike Briggs on bass.  I'll be producing…

New Album Out Now: "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" by Jermaine Rand

"Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" by Jermaine Rand is a passionate and eclectic acoustic guitar based album.  Rand takes his guitar on a journey through Soul, Rock, Flamenco, World and  Classical Music influences that should satisfy music lovers from all walks of life.

Recorded and mixed at The ParkElevator Music,  Atlanta , GA
Additional recording by Michael Briggs, Raleigh, NC

Written, arranged, produced, engineered, recorded and mixed by Jermaine Rand

"Build the Temple" mixed by Don McCollister at Nickel and Dime Studios, Atlanta, GA
 Mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studio, Houston TX

Jermaine Rand- Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals
Michael Briggs- Bass
Daniella Willett-Rabin- Percussion
Chanel Rand- Vocals
Adam Smith- Vocals

Art and Graphic Design by Daniella Willett-Rabin

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The Ivory Coast and Thankfulness

Looking back on my life and the present moment I am often in awe of the blessings I have received; I am humbled and thankful.  It is weird how I vividly recall learning the songs in the book that was included with my first guitar when I was around 5 or constantly playing the songs out of the keyboard book that came with my sister's electronic organ around the same time.  I remember using Pringles cans as drums, playing them with the backs of pencils.  Music was all I wanted to do even surpassing my interest in art.  That was until I discovered computers and how they could be used in conjunction.
I never thought growing up in Raleigh, NC that I would ever make it further than learning Metallica songs in my bedroom, shredding it up and taking over the local music store after school.

So I just got back from Africa where I played the Abidjan Jazz Festival and met so many wonderful people including the legendary Paco Séry with my soul sister Divinity Roxx.

I was recently writing a friend…