October 17, 2017
The loss of Tom Petty affects me more deeply than I can say in words.
Obviously I am not alone.
90,000 Florida Gators fans give tribute to Gainesville Native Tom Petty by singing "I Won't Back Down" in football game vs LSU Tigers. Stop" or "Pause" our Audio Player at bottom of this page before clicking on the "video play" above.
The album is now in the artwork phase.
The latest report regarding the release date from BMG International in London is January, 2018.
Several weeks ago in London I had the pleasure of meeting many of the international senior executives of my company, and what a wonderful bunch of genuine music lovers they are --- sensitive, beautiful, intelligent, savvy. What a joy to partner with truly good people at last, bringing some new music into the new year. Life is full of surprises!
I have contributed a new recording of "The Water is Wide" to this documentary. (Currently the first song on our Player at bottom of page.)
I am deeply honored to be a part of this film. The noticeable changes in content of the Pacific waters where I grew up, have been a source of great sadness to me. The sea is where I go to regenerate. My people are surfers, fishermen, boat lovers, seaweed eaters, coastal dwellers and sunset watchers. My musician friends write about the sea, sing about it, banish our blues in it. For our children and grandchildren, it's time to change. Please watch this documentary, and do what you can to help.
Jennifer A Plastic Ocean - Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4_XAZufsGI "Stop" or "Pause" our Player at bottom of this page before clicking on the link above.
Thank you dear comrade, for the grandness of it all.
With enduring love,
June 21, 2016
Thank you for your prayers and good wishes for my beautiful friend Leo, a Canadian golden retriever who passed away yesterday.
My fifteen years with this elegant, gentle creature has taught me more lessons than anything I have learned through music.
These years have been my happiest, most glorious and most healing ones, mostly because of Leo’s calming presence in a sometimes chaotic world.
I will miss him terribly. Those who have bonded with an animal know what I feel, it’s a different kind of loss than losing a human.
Leo’s other parents, Terry and Joan Feller, helped me record a new album this last year, by caring for Leo when I needed to be out of town.
Thank you to them for their unflinching love and care which made life with Leo possible. Thank you also to the many caregivers and friends who tended to Leo’s needs over the years, especially to Ron Swallow, Goldunn Kennels and to all the beautiful ones who freely gave Leo their love.
A "re-mastered in Japan" version of my Reprise album --- created around 1971-72 in California with the original title "Jennifer" not "Jennifer Warnes" --- was released on compact disc in 2013. Warner Bros in Japan has taken some liberties with this album without my participation, so forgive me if I have mixed feelings about this one. With all due respect to the remastering engineer, Mr. Isao Kikuchi seems to have listened carefully to the music. His changes did not make this album worse, but he made it different.
There is something fundamentally wrong about changing an artists work without permission or approval. That said, I'm grateful my friends can finally hear something somewhat close to the intent of the original because this project languished in WB vaults for four decades.
I owe sincere thanks to folks at the Reprise archive library. Master tapes can deteriorate over time. The timely clones created by Reprise librarians made Mr. Kikuchi’s work possible. I thank them. During the era that this album was created, Lowell George, Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks and Randy Newman were among many "boy kings" at Warner Bros and Reprise. My producer John Cale was enjoying solo success there with "Paris 1919"--still one of my favorite albums. The greats --- Wilton Felder, Spooner Oldham, Jim Horn, Russ Kunkel, Sneaky Pete, Ritchie Hayward, Gene Page and Nick DeCaro helped make these songs come alive. We were blessed by the St. Paul's Boys Choir, and John played a huge pipe organ housed at Whitney Studios. It was an exuberantly creative time. On the last track John asked me to "sing like Vera Lynn during World War II."
There was a atmosphere of pure freedom making this album, I hear joy in these songs. In subsequent years when cocaine and hard drugs became a part of the recording process, music didn't get better. Music took too long and cost too much. But around 1972, for a brief and beautiful time, I enjoyed some of that same freedom that the "boy kings" were given at Warner Bros/Reprise --- during a time when respecting artists made that company strong. If that cycle ever comes round again, I want to be in the studio to enjoy the renaissance.
PS. Last time I checked, Amazon sells this CD.