Joe Reilly | Touch the Earth

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Touch the Earth

by Joe Reilly

Music that strengthens community while embracing diversity, inspiring listeners to experience inter-connection with each other and their environment.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Keep It Easy
Joe Reilly
3:39 $0.99
2. Little Tomato
Joe Reilly
3:33 $0.99
3. Mama's Song
Joe Reilly
2:51 $0.99
4. Summer Nights (feat. O. Andrew Schreiber & Cen Dervin)
O. Andrew Schreiber and Cen Dervin
1:40 $0.99
5. Tree Meditation
Joe Reilly
5:13 $0.99
6. Touch the Earth
Joe Reilly
5:44 $0.99
7. Corners Of My Mind
Joe Reilly
3:02 $0.99
8. Heal All Sides
Joe Reilly
4:04 $0.99
9. Sangha Song
Joe Reilly
4:11 $0.99
10. Present Moment
Joe Reilly
3:19 $0.99
11. All My Relations
Joe Reilly
1:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michigan singer and songwriter Joe Reilly is proud to release Touch the Earth, his fifth solo album that follows the successful debut of his children’s CD, Children of the Earth, released in the fall of 2007. Featuring several Michigan artists and a handful of musical genres, Touch the Earth stays true to Reilly’s style and musical message: Music that strengthens community while embracing diversity, inspires listeners to experience the inter-connection with each other and their environment, and invites them to look deeper and connect with the positive aspects in their own nature.

The CD highlights talented Michigan artists including drummers Cen Dervin (Black Bottom Collective) and O. Andrew Schreiber (Nick Strange Band), guitarists Randall Beek and Billy King (Billy King and the Idylls), cellists Hayden Gandolfi and Mike Devol (Greensky Bluegrass), bassist Jeff Guevin, and vocalist Ann Judge.

Touch the Earth is akin to Reilly’s 2006 release, Planting Gardens, and showcases true genre diversity, taking listeners through an intriguing landscape of rock (Keep It Easy, Corners Of My Mind, Heal All Sides), hip-hop (Little Tomato), country (Mama’s Song), eco-rock (Tree Meditation, Touch the Earth), and meditative balladry (Sangha Song). Reilly’s honest and powerful voice and consistent message have the unique ability to pull the eclectic mix together. The end result is not so different from Reilly himself. With his Native American heritage, roots and upbringing in contemporary Catholic folk music, ever-deepening understanding of life through Buddhist meditation practice, and academic studies in environmental justice and racism, Joe Reilly has a natural ability to bring people together across diverse lines of race, class, gender, age, religion, ability, and musical genres.

It is clear from the first track of the album, when Reilly sings “Keep it E-A-S-Y,” that his songwriting invites listeners to smile, laugh, and sing with him. Reilly wrote ten of the eleven songs on Touch the Earth including “Little Tomato,” an eating meditation featuring a singing tomato. Reilly’s creative songwriting brings both humor and depth to something that seemingly is very ordinary.

Remembering “Keep It Easy” and enjoying the “Present Moment,” listeners are able to engage in the lyrical discussions of ecological cycles, meditation, global warming, war, and spirituality with an open mind. Whether it is in loving your own mother (Mama’s Song) or Mother Earth (Touch the Earth), Joe Reilly isn’t afraid to sing about our inter-connection with each other and our environment. A tree, a tomato, a guitar, and a human being are not such separate and isolated things.

Joe Reilly is on a spiritual journey that takes a musical form. In Touch the Earth, Reilly invites all of us, no matter our religious beliefs or non-beliefs, to journey together. Reilly has sought to be a peacemaker through his singing and songwriting for over a decade, sharing messages of peace and mindfulness in his songs to audiences in his home city of Ann Arbor, to the spacious urban farms of Detroit, throughout the mitten-shaped state of Michigan, and along the entire West Coast of the US in California, Oregon, and Washington.

“The earth has space to hold all your tears. The earth has space to hold all your fears. Your heart has space for everything you need. You’re a garden my friend, let us water love’s seed. You’re a garden my friend, together we’ll water love.” ~Joe Reilly, Touch the Earth



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Beautiful soul, beautiful message, beautiful inspiration thru beautiful music and love. Thank you!!


touch the earth
music, love, that moves feet, hands and hearts into the healing rhythms of our earth.

Leigh Ann Lipscomb

Touch the Earth
A rare, heart-opening gift of bodhichitta-inspired melody and lyrics. Such a good spirit fills our little home as we dance to the “Corners of my Mind”, laugh through ‘Little Tomato’, and sit and hold hands through the ‘Sangha Song’. The music strengthens our connection to that deep and special centered place within ourselves, to the Earth, and to those around us. Truly a touching, healing message. Thanks so much!

Geri Larkin

Jack Johnson Bodhisattva
In a time of confusion and discomfort, Joe Reilly isn’t afraid to love everyone and everything. He is a Jack Johnson bodhisattva offering up the kind of energy that can carry the rest of us back into the land of happy calm.

The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal

Open Your Consciousness
Ann Arborite Joe Reilly came out with my favorite new CD this fall, titled Touch the Earth. A follow-up to his children’s CD, Children of the Earth, this new music is equally forthright, joyful, and happy in Joe Reilly’s sweet, genuine way. Not pretending to be anything he isn't and entirely unpretentious, Touch the Earth is stylistically varied with Joe's authentic voice tying it all together. From folk to mild hip-hop to slightly bluegrass with other wonderful instrumentation and vocals from guest artists, Reilly uses his guitar and lyrics to create connection and awareness among people and of the earth. His mission seems to be to open your heart, to open your mind to the beauty of this planet, to open your consciousness to a greater consciousness.