Who Will Save This World
WHO WILL SAVE THIS WORLD? Preface: This CD speaks not to answers, but to questions. I have sought the answers for over 20 years and even now they elude me. I have not given in to defeat, but I have learned to give defeat the respect it does deserve. After all, it's a tool of the Creator, in the context of ultimate light. Bad things don't happen to good people. There are no bad or good people. There are people. These people have a choice to do good or to do bad. 'You can drink beer and love Jesus' is just a song given to me from my life experience. Some will condemn this song while others will embrace it as a liscense to sin. This song embraces both in hopes they may eventually follow the light. Timing is everything in music & in life. I hope the humorous songs on this CD find you at the right time. I hope the same for the more serious songs. Written message aside, I have attempted also to make good music. I hope you enjoy listening to this & I hope a bulb of joy might spring into your life, even if only for a moment, so that this music will have served it's higher purpose. These songs are to be viewed as a small light shining on the human condition. Frazier Riddell - 9-29-04 Canton, MS Riddell's 03/04 release (Who Will Save This World) has received regional air play as well as formidable responses from live audiences. The songs 'You Can Drink Beer & Also Love Jesus' & 'The Grass is Always Greener' have been the keystones of the 11 song CD. Please listen and enjoy as resistance is futile. +++++++++++++++++ Frazier Riddell was born in Canton Mississippi, in the 1960's, the son of a strong willed cotton farmer & loving Christian mother. He shared a love for music that was shared along with his family. 'My first music learned was on my grandfathers piano' says Riddell. 'My brother Charles and sister Diane taught me Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, and another tune. All three songs were duets and we played them over and over till improvisation sprung up to avoid boredom! Looking back I realize I first learned about improvisation at age 5.' Frazier took another step in his music when he took up saxophone in the 6th grade. He played alto and tenor sax throughout High School. During these years Frazier's other brother Robert casually taught him some chords on the guitar. 'I learned to play 'dueling banjos' and the few chords my brother taught me, really well. I never really took the time to learn much more until I was 20 years old' says Riddell. 'I wasn't playing sax (yet) at college, but still loved music, and began to dive into guitar more and more.' Another big happening must be mentioned according to Riddell. 'I had a born again experience in 1981. I ain't trying to brag and I ain't trying to preach (although I do sometimes in my songs) but this changed the course of my life! After my experience with the Father, Son & Holy Ghost, I realized I wanted to use my life pursuing something I loved. I asked my parents if I could change my major to Music. I was prepared for a no, but I got a YES!' It was at this time that Riddell began writing songs. Riddell can name many important musical influences. The Beatles, The Monkeys, The Partridge Family, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Maynard Ferguson, Chicago, Bruce Springsteen, Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Ry Cooder, Steve Forbert, Tom Petty, Skynard, Neil Young, BTO, Pink Floyd, Steppenwolf, Styx, Boston, Yes, The Police, America, 10cc, John Mellancamp, and the list goes on and on...... 'My strongest musical influences from the early years are the 3 B's: The Beatles, David Bowie, & Bruce Springsteen' says Riddell. Since then, many people, places & jobs, have come and gone. Riddell is now married to wife Susan and they have a son, Evan. 'We wanted our son to grow up around Grandmamma, Grandaddy, Aunts, Uncles, 1st cousins, etc....' says Riddell. 'So, in 1995 we moved to my hometown in Mississippi. These last 10 years have helped me renew my love for music & hopefully they've made me a better writer. It's not easy, and I don't always enjoy it, but I'm beginning to see past the trees so to envision the whole forest.'