TRANSCENDENCE singer/songwriter/guitarist Ed Hale spent New Years Eve filming the Lennonesque homage BED PEACE 2008 video project, pajamas and all, spending four days in bed “for peace” and releasing the ten minute film on YouTube. “The problem was how to celebrate the New Year respectfully with all of the recent violence, turmoil, and humanitarian crises happening around the world. Especially the brutal battle going on in Gaza and Palestine. To do the usual party to party scene all night just didn’t seem appropriate at the time… still doesn’t. The idea just grew from there… Then it just came down to if we had the energy and the commitment to really do something. That’s what it always comes down to isn’t it? The idea was how much can we do if we focus 110% on peace in the world for three or four days and nights? That was the question. What CAN we do? Luckily I was with someone who was willing to play along and go for it… Imagine if every single one of us did something, anything, using whatever skills or talents or ideas we had and just focused three or four days a year on nothing but peace in the world… it wouldn’t be long… We’d be there by now.”
Ed Hale – who has been hard at work on his new book Revolution in Me while awaiting the release of the band’s new CDs – will begin a regular weekly guest blog for a few months on the official Sundance Film Channel website in the coming weeks focusing on his peace delegation visit to the country of Iran and how it relates to all things GREEN: the environment, peace, war, oil, nuclear energy, and most importantly humanity. The blogs will be similar to his regular posts on his long-running Transcendence Diaries blog but will be shorter in length of course. The blog posts will feature photos, and links to videos and photo slideshows from his trip, as well as guest interviews with authors, scientists, and experts in various fields. Stay tuned for the first installment.
In the meantime, Transcendence does indeed have three new CDs releasing this year including the band’s official two new albums, The Great Mistake (EMI) and All Your Heroes Become Villains (DVG), and a new rarities and unreleased tracks album called The City of Lost Children. Stay tuned for release dates.
Ed Hale will be performing a rare solo acoustic set on Saturday June 28th 2008 in New Jersey at the Concert with a Cause Benefit Concert. The TRANSCENDENCE singer/guitarist will pull out a 30 minute set featuring some new gems and some old classics. He is scheduled to go on at 4:30 PM. All proceeds to benefit the Habitat for Humanity Home Building project in Cambodia. See information below for more details.
Katie and Arlan
Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 3:00pm
â€œI am very glad to hear about what Ed Hale is doing. It’s of extraordinary importance. The threats by the US against Iran are not only criminal — technically, in violation of the UN Charter — but are also extremely ominous. I don’t think there can be an invasion, but bombing is possible, and a terrible prospect. On the likelihood, no one can say, even the White House. It depends in no small part on our efforts.â€
— Noam Chomsky
A personal message from Ed Hale
As many know, I just recently returned from a 15 day peace delegation to the country of Iran. The trip was eye-opening to say the least. It was also exhausting. Hence my absence over the last two months since my return. Had to get my head on straight. I have written hundreds of pages about the experience and yes as always I have gigabytes of video footage and photos to share. This will come in time.
In the intervening weeks since my return I have been more than busy. Besides countless interviews and lectures regarding the recent Iranian trip, the band is in the midst of signing a two album deal with Caroline/EMI Records to release out two new albums this year, so yes to all of your gracious and much-appreciated inquiries, the new albums are going to be released. As soon as we have a release date we will let you know. I have also been finishing a book which we will announce very soon.
I have also been busy with two new non-profit projects, www.TuneInTurnOnHelpOut.org, and www.PeaceWithIran.com. Your presence here is welcomed and appreciated. And it would be greatly appreciated at both or either of these two new sites, which both have noble goals. To speak a bit about the impetus of the peacewithiran.com project, I want to caveat by saying that though â€œwar is imminentâ€ or â€œmilitary strikes are imminentâ€ may be an idea or thought or belief that many are carrying around today in regards to the United States and Iran and even Israel, I do not personally hold this thought or idea or belief myself.
To read more head to edhale.com.