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Passions

by Force for Good

Classically influenced piano-based New Age music that is melodic, orchestrated, soothing, and uplifting.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. Force
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2. Safe
4:56 $0.99
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3. Ice
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4. Community
3:29 $0.99
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5. Refuge
4:28 $0.99
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6. Happiness
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7. Exceptional
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8. For
0:22 album only
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9. Organic
4:27 $0.99
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10. Solar
5:11 $0.99
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11. Harmony
4:32 $0.99
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12. Mountains
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13. Courage
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14. Hope
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15. Grace
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16. Good
0:32 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Force for Good
Music that Makes a Difference
OUR MISSION is to inspire and empower people.

We create uplifting music and films that encourage personal and global well-being, happiness, and respect for the environment.
We are optimists who promote peace, safety, equality, and compassion for all.

We hope you’ll join us.

Produced by Jonathan Sprout and Joe Mennonna
Engineered by Joe Mennonna
Recorded at Pine River Sound, Wurtsboro, NY and Double Rainbow Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Technical consulting and some guitar engineering by Leslie Chew
Mixed by Joe Mennonna
Mastered by Leslie Chew at Double Rainbow Studio
Watercolor painting by Carol Sprout
Accounting by Marge Innavera
ForceForGoodMusic.com
® ©2020 Sprout Recordings (JS11-2)
All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance, and broadcasting prohibited.

Heartfelt gratitude from Jonathan to:
Hillary Black for giving voice to our music with light-hearted grace
Leslie Chew for soothing guitar tracks and technical and musical know-how
Sharla Feldscher for spreading the word with bounteous enthusiasm
Kurt Gebauer for the encouraging early critiques
Rodney Whittenberg for adding inspiring, gorgeous sights to our sounds

Heartfelt gratitude from Joe to:
Lucyane Bouchardet for your generous love and support
Jody Jazz saxophone mouthpieces
John Patton for excellent repair on the mellophone
Tim Warnecke and the staff at Retrolinear for top-notch synth and keyboard maintenance

All songs ® ©2020 Kanukatunes (ASCAP)
All songs composed by Jonathan Sprout and Joe Mennonna with orchestration and enhancing instrumental performances by Jonathan Sprout and Joe Mennonna.

Angels Everywhere, Again:
The Story of Passions

Passions was a fantasy that lived in the furthest back pages of my musical bucket list. A personal crisis facilitated a perfect storm that blew me into uncharted career territory—and afforded me the opportunity to reinvent myself.
Every crisis has its gifts.
In September 2015, I began sitting an hour a day at a piano that had been given to me. Not knowing how to play piano, I’d experiment until what I heard resonated with something deep inside me. I was playing piano from the inside out, as each piece slowly revealed itself.
The Force for Good musical team is Jonathan Sprout and Joe Mennonna.
Joe and I are a recording studio duo since 1998, having co-produced three children’s albums for my American Heroes series. In the studio, Joe performed more than 90% of the tracks, including all piano, synth, string programming, horn, woodwind, and percussion parts.
Last but not least, the watercolor artist, Carol Sprout, is my mother. She and my father, John Sprout, died nearly six weeks apart in 2017 after having been married 67 exemplary years. I dedicate this album to the memory of these two champions who paid for the cost of my first album, Angels Everywhere, in 1978. —Jonathan Sprout

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Joe Mennonna played all keyboards including piano, synth programming, and cello and bass viol programming.
1. Force
2. Safe
Joe Mennonna: flute, clarinet
Jonathan Sprout: acoustic 12-string guitar
3. Ice
4. Community
Joe: mellophone, euphonium, tuba
5. Refuge
Joe: clarinet, trumpet, mellophone, euphonium, tuba
6. Happiness
Jonathan: acoustic 12-string guitar
7. Exceptional
Joe: soprano saxophone
8. For
9. Organic
Joe: mellophone, euphonium, tuba
Leslie Chew: electric guitar
10. Solar
11. Harmony
Joe: string and synth programming, mellophone, euphonium
Leslie: electric guitar
12. Mountains
Jonathan: acoustic 12-string guitar
Leslie: electric guitar
13. Courage
Joe: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, mellophone, euphonium
Leslie: electric guitar
14. Hope
Joe: piano, tenor drum, bodhran programming, mandocello, accordion, synth programming
Jonathan: acoustic 12-string guitar
Leslie: electric guitar
15. Grace
16. Good
All songs by Jonathan Sprout and Joe Mennonna ©2020 Kanukatunes (ASCAP)

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Kathy Parsons

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Force For Good is a new group that creates music and films that aim “to uplift, unify, inspire, energize, and engage people in responsible civic duties.” With the intention to inspire a more harmonious and peaceful world in which kindness, optimism and action prevail, the group’s first album is called "Passions." The music from the album is also an important part of the short films that will be released each month in 2020 and address issues that include sensible gun control, immigration reform, homelessness, renewable energy, and racial and gender equality.

Force For Good was founded by Jonathan Sprout, a lifelong musician who has recorded twelve albums, several of which are for children and several that earned awards from a variety of organizations. Sprout has performed more than 6,500 concerts and taught more than 800 songwriting workshops throughout the US. He worked with co-producer Joe Mennonna for two years, orchestrating twenty-four original pieces (there are sixteen on the album). He then spent another two years creating the films with Emmy-winning filmmaker Rodney Whittenberg, using the orchestrated music as a soundtrack. The first film, "Ice," is about the melting of the polar ice caps and the effects of climate change.

The music on the album is piano-based and includes a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments that include guitars, horns, reed instruments, euphonium, mellophone, and string and synth programming. Sprout and Mennonna play most of the instruments, with Leslie Chew on guitar on a few tracks. All sixteen pieces have one-word titles, some more specific than others. It’s interesting to note that track 1 is “Force,” #8 is “For” and #16 is “Good” and all three are very short (under 30 seconds).

"Passions" opens with the short fanfare that it is “Force.” “Safe” starts out as a quiet, peaceful piano solo. As it evolves, flute, clarinet, strings and 12-string guitar are added, returning to the gentle grace of flute, guitar and piano near the end - a warm and beautiful piece! “Ice” is stark and chilly, and also begins as a piano solo, adding strings and other light instrumentation for tonal color - perfect behind the footage of the film. “Refuge” has a very soothing, hopeful feeling and is primarily piano and strings after a brief, anthem-like intro with horns. The last passages are much bigger, more orchestrated and celebratory. “Exceptional” is a gorgeous piano and soprano sax duet with a gentle flow and peaceful ambiance. “Organic” seems like an odd song title, but I’m sure that it’s in keeping with the film it accompanies. The piece itself has a very cinematic sweep with piano, harp, horns, and other light orchestration. “Solar” is based on a simple piano melody with a rolling left hand pattern. It moves freely at a relaxed tempo with minimal orchestration and wordless vocals by Hillary Black - a favorite! “Mountains” is another favorite and elicits visions of majestic, snow-covered mountains even without the visuals. Very tranquil and relaxed with mostly piano and acoustic guitar, strings are added in the second half. The opening piano solo on “Hope” is very simple, poignant and heartfelt. It takes on a more Celtic feel as bodhran, penny whistle, accordion and mandocello are added.

I’m very excited about Force For Good, and "Passions" is excellent from start to finish!
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