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Peace... By Peace

by Moss

Moss is a pop rock artist and songwriter hailing from Johannesburg whose music hinges on effective story telling and a dance vibe inside vibrant instruments
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peace-Pipe
3:30 $0.70
2. Shacks and Shackles
3:01 album only
3. A Bride in Silken Braids
3:27 album only
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Album Notes
"Peace... by peace" is a political view of life as imagined and composed by singer/songwriter Moss. An acoustic guitar and vocal album, Moss revels in the intricate journey through melody and rhythm in his unique writing style.

Moss tells us:

"I grew-up on the lush, beautiful North Coast of Natal. Before my 20th birthday, I was working in Johannesburg and apart from spending another five or six years back home and one year in Cape Town, I’ve been in Johannesburg the rest of the time. I turned 52 on 12 January 2015, and I’ve never felt better!

My love affair with music started when I was about 11. I joined recorder class in primary school and started studying music. I learned to play guitar from a friend at about 15, and together, the music theory and passion for guitar became my foundation. To be honest though, I’m terrible at guitar and whatever I do play is always a result of intense, repetitive practice. I’m certainly no 'natural'.

About three years ago, half-way through my 'electric' album, I realized that I couldn’t sing to save my life! It was a horrible truth and I was faced with quitting altogether or learning to actually sing. So I embarked on this 'acoustic' album as a learning experience to focus on and develop my vocal skills. I’m so glad I did. Suddenly I feel I might actually pull this off! Still a long way from being a 'Bryan Adams' or 'Peter Gabriel', I now feel I have at least a fighting chance at realizing my dream. God willing, I won’t remain an old man chasing his childhood dream forever...

1. Peace-Pipe : The title is derived from the primitive though profound Red Indian practice of averting conflict by forging peaceful settlement over a 'peace-pipe'. Everyone takes a puff & commits to burying the hatchet, or tomahawk, as it were! How cool is that? The song is a romantic metaphor for the divisions created in our society, yet we might have been 'lovers', rather than the 'haters' we’ve become. Going forward, will we be able to do what it takes to fix all the damage done? Going forward… going back… I say, let’s sommer go back to the future…

2. Shacks & Shackles : Was Apartheid an evil of White people or an evil of power-drunk individuals? This question has haunted me for as long as I’ve been shaving. Naturally, I’m inclined to think the former, having grown-up through the sheer horror & torment of Apartheid which made that belief a cornerstone of my paradigm… only the reality of post-Apartheid South Africa seems to point defiantly to the latter, as I witness first-hand the slow & sure, albeit 'accidental' collapse of social & economic mechanisms that are crucial to our growth, prosperity & long-term sustainability.

As more & more erring, bumbling, greedy, power-hungry 'characters' wrap themselves around pivotal positions of power intent on self-aggrandisement at all costs, the likes of Thuli Madonsela & other 'diamonds' in our political landscape are left facing a losing battle, the casualties being poor, innocent, hard-working South Africans of all races, who’s only crime is dreaming of a brighter future for themselves & their loved ones…

3. A Bride In Silken Braids : The title is my way of capturing the essence of our magnificent country. So full of promise & hope. So blessed with exceptional people, fauna & flora that’s the envy of the world, priceless resources & a sunny, warm disposition. Alas, instead of being cherished, nurtured & adored, she is raped… repeatedly! How tragic is that? We could be a global superpower…"



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