One of the most amazing Jazz labels over the last few years that seems to continue to get better with each release is the RRGEMS label. From sound to package design and presentation, everything is top notch which makes it no surprise that whenever we get a notification here at the office about a new release, we immediately open to get a listen. Their latest release on the label by Soft Power titled Brink of Extinction is fitting for a moment in time that we’re experiencing yet the music itself brings so much hope and joy a long with it.
There is a Window Of Opportunity called life. A limited period of time, into which we must fit the quotidian activities of everyday life, our dreams, relationships, personal pleasures and self-discovery. Sometimes we contemplate our death, our impact on the world and the traces we’ve left. Biodiversity is one of the most serious issues of our time. We are currently experiencing a period of mass extinction mainly caused by human activity, e.g. overfishing, hunting and the spread of cities and agriculture.
It is said that we can’t understand our own death, but is it any easier for us humans to comprehend the scale of death associated with mass extinction, the disappearance of species? Every species is an important part of the ecosystem. Furthermore, with every extinct species, a mode of being is lost. With biodiversity being in such a precarious state, it might be easy to submit to feelings of resignation. Yet, for those who seek beauty, there is still beauty to be found. And there will be, I hope. Likewise, for those who wish to express their love and compassion for the world and for the life inhabiting it, the possibility is still there. The possibility of love having a home in a human heart.