Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands, November 28, 2007 --(PR.com
Since his early demise on 2 September 1970, much has been said about Jimi Hendrix. After all, many consider him to be the greatest guitarist of all time. His timeless music has already influenced several generations. And now, 37 years after his passing, a very important but as yet little-known song of Jimi and his discoverer Curtis Knight – The Story of Life – will be newly presented to the world. The song comes from an extraordinary cultural and musical heritage, and its lyrical content blends seamlessly with contemporary metaphysical insights – as if its time has only now arrived.
Lelystad – City of Lilies
“The story of Jesus, so easy to explain, after they crucified him, a woman she claimed his name.” – these are the opening lines of The Story of Life. Jimi’s great love, Monika Dannemann, found the handwritten poem and interpreted it to be Jimi’s farewell, but she initially missed its deeper meaning. She later realized that the poem is the lyrics for a song, but that Jimi had not been able to write its music. She asked Jimi’s discoverer and mentor Mont Curtis McNear to fulfill that task.
McNear, himself a living rhythm and blues legend under the artist name Curtis Knight, composed the music and recorded the song in 1971 in New York. However, his recording was never published, and the song sank into oblivion for almost 30 years. The long-forgotten song journeyed, literally and metaphorically, around the world in Curtis’ suitcase – from the United States to The Netherlands. There he also met Lelystad composer Martin Weber-Caspers and both recognized that their coming together was predestined. “We were never strangers. I knew you before I met you.” wrote Curtis in his last poem, dedicated to Martin. In 1999 they wrote 18 new songs together and co-produced the “New Holland Blues Sound”.
Torch of Inspiration
Curtis had been ill for some time. During his and Martin's collaboration he “passed the suitcase” containing his life’s work – to Martin. Curtis uttered his wish for Martin to pass this work on as a torch of inspiration. Following Curtis’ explicit request, Martin co-produced the second recording of The Story of Life. “It had dawned on me that this song is a jewel that has the potential to uplift our lives,” says Martin. Martin formed Curtis Knight Foundation to honor the body of Curtis’ work.
“Meanwhile, almost everyone has become aware of the recently published Gospels of Judas, Mary Magdalene and Thomas,” explains Martin, “and certainly not to forget the Course. The Story of Life appears as a prophetic bridge to these subsequent disclosures and is a sparkling light on the Horizon. It is part of our global cultural and musical heritage, one that everyone can recognize. Pointing to the “whole bible,” and in its core message altogether transcending the concept of death, it heralds a new era of Spirit-based Communication for mankind – the metaphysics of Relationship.”
“This time window, following the disclosure of the above-mentioned gospels, is an exquisite moment to draw the world’s attention to Jimi’s and Curtis’ The Story of Life after several decades of obscurity. As part of the World Live Premiere, September ’06, I spoke on the phone with Jimi’s brother Leon, and it was then that the audience and I heard Leon enthusiastically proclaim the Dutch element in Jimi's lineage. On Tuesday 27 November, Jimi’s sixty-fifth birthday, the song will go on air again.”
“As an artist, one always stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before,” Martin points out. “Curtis Knight Foundation follows the traditions of innovation and renewal, and also introduces a unique and modern manner of musical sharing. The coming presentation goes along with innovative concepts such as “SigNature Music Creation” and the “AUM-Orchestra,” with their album “Yoga Healing.” All of them can be enjoyed in synergy and “on-air” via the Foundation’s multimedia website, starting 27 November.
Martin closes by saying – “I believe The Story of Life can bring a deeper level of insight into the lives of many. Seen in this light, Jimi and Curtis will always abide with us.”