Ed Hale is known for being a musician and singer/songwriter, however there is more to his music than meets the ears. On his last solo studio recording Ballad on Third Avenue, a rousing collection of alternative pop-rock acoustic tracks, he sings about love and all the emotions that are forthcoming.
Yet there is much more on the album that needs your attention, particularly the track "New Orleans Dreams". The track is a rather poignant take on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and the ineptness of our government to help the suffering people of the area when it was needed most. This is a story that continues today several years later as people are still reeling from the disaster of the hurricane and many other natural disasters that would follow in that area including the disastrous BP oil spill.
Artists like Ed Hale have a genuine concern for those suffering in the world and he does everything he can to reach and assist those in need. One of the best vehicles today to reach the masses in a positive way is through music. Ed's song "New Orleans Dreams" will most certainly garner some attention from all corners of society and media.
All the proceeds from downloads of the song "New Orleans Dreams" on iTunes or Amazon.com are going to the Red Cross to help hurricane and tornado victims in the Southern States.
The first two singles from Ballad on Third Avenue, "I Walk Alone" and "Scene in San Francisco" and the commercial success the singles garnered on Triple A commercial radio along with the great reception the album received on the CMJ college radio charts were the signal to take the next step for Hale and camp to do something more with the popularity of the album.
Hale's record label Dying Van Gogh Records has high hopes for the same success with "New Orleans Dreams". Success can be measured in many ways and Hale and his music fit every aspect of the word; only this time he is hoping the track will define the word success with as many downloads as possible to help ease the suffering of people in need.
Singer, songwriter, rockstar, recording artist, author, activist, populist blogger, controversial YouTube star and general raconteur Ed Hale is a hard man to keep up with. Affectionately called “The Ambassador” by friends and fans the world over, Hale was originally introduced to the world at the tender age of 17 as Eddie Darling when his debut album Eddie was released. He may be best known now as the lead singer and guitarist of the popular Brit-pop/Modern Rock group ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE; or for his latest hit single “New Orleans Dreams” from his current solo album Ballad On Third Avenue. Hale records and releases albums and tours both solo and with the band Transcendence. He is currently signed to the Dying Van Gogh record label, as is the group Transcendence, who’s newest album All Your Heroes Become Villains hits stores on November 15th.
“Still finding myself obsessed with a quiet secret subtle and almost constant gnawing at my insides about the unbearable sadness of how impermanent everything is. Our lifetimes are short here. I remind myself that it is up to me to find meaning while I am here. I try to live my life to its fullest and even then I cannot shake the deep underlying knowing that they are all just moments lived and then soon forgotten. Where is the meaning in that?”
-Ed Hale, from his blog The Transcendence Diaries
In the tunnels of our silence
In the bounds of our mistrust
I longed for your patience
And cried out for your lust
I’ve been looking for something
That could make me more aware
That you are truly someone
Who gets lonely who gets scared
In the gutters of New Orleans
The children laid there crying
The dreams that they were living
Are crumpled up and dying
They are dying
In your New Orleans dreams
The symphony has ended
The conductor has just left
And all that now remains
Is your blindness and your theft
Cause what you now desire
Is what you most regret
You think you know what’s true
But then you’re put to the test
And what is left
Of your new Orleans dreams
I have been the slave
And I’ve been the auctioneer
I have played the priest
And I’ve been the racketeer
But I have learned one thing
They’re all one and the same
One man’s freedom is another man’s guilt
And another’s chains
Of what remains
Of your New Orleans dreams
Your New Orleans dreams
Your New Orleans dreams