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It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I wish I were able to bring you the CD under different circumstances. But here we are. News of unprecedented disaster that hit Japan last year has come and gone but the need for relief remains. I am sending this music into the world as an ambassador for people in Japan. I also hope that these songs will bring some comfort and light in your dark moments and help you reconnect with your own humanity.
Thank you for purchasing this CD. All proceed from the sales will be forwarded to Habitat for Humanity, Japan. They are working hard to build homes for those who lost a great deal in the Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear disaster on 3.11.11. You can learn more about their activity and how you can help at www.habitatjp.org.
Everything for this CD has been generously donated: music, engineering, studio time, artwork, manufacturing, distribution, and PR services. All the songs (except for track 5) were written just for this project and they are our gifts to you. I would like to thank all the artists who rose to the occasion: Claudia Acuña, Johnathan Blake, Danton Boller, Bill Campbell, Taylor Eigsti, John Ellis, Alan Hampton, Gretchen Parlato, Adam Rogers, Ryan Scott, Dayna Stephens, Becca Stevens, Leron Thomas, Chris Tordini, Doug Wamble, Sachal Vasandani, and Ben Williams. I am blessed to call them friends and colleagues and in awe of what they have created here with such short notice. Thank you Sandro Albert, Brian Michael Bacchus, Ravi Coltrane, Renee Neufville, ES, William Stevens, Chris Turner, and Imani Uzuri for your love and support. Very sincere thank you to Nancy Marciano, Joe Marciano, Mike Marciano, Rich Lamb, and Max Ross at Systems Two Studio in Brooklyn, NY for your time and energy. This project would have been just a passing thought if it weren’t for you guys. Thank you Ingrid Hertfelder for capturing the magic so beautifully. Thank you Liberty Ellman for taking things to the next level. You rock. Thank you Kiku Yamaguchi for creating such a beautiful image for HOME. Big thank you to Takao Fujioka for saving me at the eleventh hour. Very warm thank you to François Zalacain at Sunnyside Records for helping me birth this music. You are in the business of making dreams come true and it’s no exception here. Thank you Jordy Freed and Don Lucoff of DL Media for helping me get the word out. Thank you Angelika Beener for your eloquent words. Thank you Russell Moore. What would I do with you? Thank you Jimmy Katz for your amazing eyes.
And last but certainly not least: I want to thank my family for their truly unconditional love and enduring support. Thank you, Johnathan, for your unwavering faith in me and for putting up with the madness that is me. Thank you, Muna, for allowing me to be a lousy Mommy while working on this project. Thank you, Johna, for always loving me and making me laugh. I can go out and face the world no matter how difficult it gets because you guys are my HOME. I love you.
– Rio Sakairi