EarthTones II weaves a new spirit, a new sound, a new resonance that touches the heart and the mind, reminding us that our creativity, our diversity, our connection to each other combine to offer us new hopes, new dreams, new possibilities - together. It has been an honor to be a part of creating EarthTones II, as I am merely a piece of the puzzle. This creation has meant bringing together 14 people to blend influences from 8 cultures into a uniquely inspired and cohesive sound from what I believe is a unified-world sound. EarthTones II is a sincere interpretation of unique cultures brought together in a way ~ through music. Our cultures, when played out together, express a beautifully harmonious human experience which has astounded me-even as the writing had only begun. From the very beginning of this journey I have learned how attuned we are when we blend together the sounds of our souls. Even as our cultures seem varied, it is in that cultural creativity and diversity and our unique traditions and celebrations that we can now hear the oneness of our human experience. I believe this CD is a natural extension of my first publicly released CD, EarthTones which I debuted in 1997 as my masters thesis. Both albums share a spontaneous and organic expression of nature. I love that they convey actual experiences of places on earth and people everywhere seem to become conscious of those same sensations I had in turning those moments into music. I hope you will share this musical celebration with others and help show how beautifully we influence each other when we truly listen and hear those eclectic sounds of our souls across the globe.