Ever-Changing Light is make up of songs and poems that came to Don Paul in Louisiana.
Louisiana is of course an especially fecund place for American creativity. Both visitors--Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Robert Stone, ...--and natives--Marie Laveau, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Clifton Chenier, the Neville Brothers, Donald Harrison, Randy Newman, ...--have brought up great stuff in this New and elsewhere in Louisiana.
Two groups of superb musicians worked with Don Paul on Ever-Changing Light. Evan Christopher, Alfred Roberts, Seizo Shibayama,
and Tom Worrell. And Mario Abney, Gene Harding, Zack Knewstub,
Matt Clark, Rick Nelson, and singer Cole Williams. What each player
in the sessions shares is a whole-hearted absorption with New Orleans
and the creations happening under their hands.
Don Paul is the leader or producer of 21 albums and the author of more than 25 books. His work has been praised by two of the leading critics
of their generations, Malcolm Cowley and John Aldridge, and by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tillie Olsen, Jeannette Armstrong, Wanda Sabir,
John Logan, All About Jazz, Jazz Iz, Factsheet Five, Option, and more.
He's recorded with Glenn Spearman, Lisle Ellis, Paul Plimley, India Cooke, Miya Masaoka, Ustad Salamat and Shafqat Ali Khan, Pablo Garcia, and Dhyani Dharma Mas. He currently works with Alex de Grassi and Hamid Drake in the GALLOP Trio. He was the youngest winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford, age 20 in 1971; qualified for the 1980 and 1988 U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trial; and held the World Road best for running 50 kilometers between 1982 and 1992.
In New Orleans he's served as Operations Director for Common Ground Relief in 2006 and as Director of Rebuild Green and of a project known as the Wesley United Digital Arts & Training Center.
"I'm so glad for the heart that the heart players put into tracks on Ever-Changing Light and very happy with the album overall.'
Brown Sugar, the WWOZ DJ celebrated by Bob Dylan, says: "Songs on this album make ME want to get up and dance!"
At least 50% of the proceeds from sales of Ever-Changing Light will go to Sticking Up For Children and SUFC's youth-education partners in Haiti and New Orleans. Please check out stickingupforchildren.com