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Discount only applies to items shipped and sold by Amazon.com. This offer is valid today only, May 27, 2015, and while supplies last.
My name is Ben Kenney. I was born into a musical family in New Jersey. My parents were not musicians but given the opportunity I think they could have been. Growing up my two brothers and I played music with our neighbors and cousins in our basement just about every weekend. I never thought much of it until later in life when I realized most kid’s parents had no interest in opening there home to late night teenage jam sessions all summer long. But my folks were into it. Everyone I grew up with could at least kick a beat or hold down a bass line. As I grew into a teenager I found refuge in playing music. Like any other kid, fitting in was hard enough to need some form of escape and I found mine in the basement. As time went on I joined bands and made recordings. It became more clear that music would be the centerpiece of my life. At 21 years old I moved to Philadelphia with two bandmates and that’s where my revolution began. I began playing with everyone I could. I started working in studios as a engineer and an instrumentalist. Reggae, metal, folk, hip hop, everything that came my way was an open invitation to expand my vocabulary. Eventually this led to playing bass for a concert series The Roots had been doing in New York called “Black Lily”. It might be premature to say my revolution began when I moved to Philly but it would be most accurate to say my formal education began the moment I came into The Roots orbit. To say it was an amazing time would be the ultimate understatement. In the blink of an eye I was part of a community of eager, relentless artists. Amazing singers, musicians, poets, photographers, painters, straight up hustlers and die hard music critics surrounded me every day. And at the heart of it were The Roots and their manager Rich Nichols. They turned their success into a artistic nursury for half the city of Philadelphia, and by good timing and luck I was along for the ride. Eventually I ended up in the studio with Questlove and it sparked something inside of me. Up until then I had never met anyone with such a complete vision of the music they were going to make and the energy to get it done. I knew I wanted to be on that level. A few days later he told me to grab my guitar and come to Boston with the band. Somewhere over the course of that night I became a member of The Roots. The next few years became a nonstop adventure of touring and recording. Along the way I got to perform and record with producers and artists that had been living in my CD collection for years. We toured with everyone from Outkast to Incubus and I was getting my education every night trying to keep up with Questlove and Black Thought. One day in early 2003 Mike Einziger from Incubus asked me to come play a show with him in LA. At that time in my life this wasn’t something out of the ordinary but I had no idea how much my life was about to change from that one phone call. We were preparing for the show when Mike informed me Incubus had parted ways with their bassist of 12 years and I was the guy who got the call. I was in shock. I knew this would change everything. I was terrified. I asked my dad what I should do. He told me to take hold of the opportunity and everything will fall into it’s right place. I asked Tariq (Black Thought) and he told me I would be perfect in Incubus. Finally I asked Ahmir (Questlove). This was the hardest part because he took me under his wing and had confidence in me when I couldn’t find it myself. He invested in me. He gave me his blessings and encouraged me to begin the journey of a lifetime. A few weeks later I was in a house on top of a mountain overlooking Malibu writing “A Crow Left Of The Murder” with one of the greatest rock bands in the world. Time flew by and my education hadn’t slowed down a bit. Working within Incubus I saw the same fire that burns inside Ahmir raging inside of Mike Einziger. I watched Brandon Boyd effortlessly soar above the songs with words and a voice as clear as a bell. I leaned against Jose Pasillas’s endless stream of spiraling rhythms and was baffeled by Chris Kilmore’s sonic landscaping. And this fueled the fire inside of me.
With that fire burning day and night I continued writing songs for myself. Eventually forming into a bunch of solo albums. Incubus took time off in 2008 and I knew it was time to bring my music to the stage. With my brother from another mother Ashley Mendel and the incomparable Sekou Lumumba I set sail and began preaching my own gospel. And like the world keeps spinning, my education raced onward.
So here I am in 2013, many lifetimes away from the the teenager playing Sick Of It All covers in the basement with my buddy Jimmie. Older and bit weathered by broken hearts and the inevitable stress of growing up but the fire still burns and the story keeps going. I live in New York City now and Incubus is taking another break so I’ve taken the time to record another album. It’s called “Leave On Your Makeup” and it’s the music that this journey has insired me to make in this moment. Dirty, jumpy and loaded with signs of my own attention deficit disorder it refects the kid that has been finding his voice while still in the gravitational pull of bright massive stars whose fire has brought light to the universe for years. Or maybe I’m just a kid from Jersey who got lucky and wants to make jams. Either way there is no wrong or right, only forward.
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The Rainbow Collections
A beautiful collection of songs for children and adults, sung by Sophie Barker, the stunningly soothing voice of multi-platinum chillout act Zero 7, with relaxing musical arrangements by producer KK (who has worked with Brian Eno, Bjork and Dido).
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We are rolling out the red carpet and celebrating the Super Dads in our readers lives with a huge extravaganza! Come see what you can win in this #SuperDad Father’s Day Giveaway! Since the giveaway ends the day before Father’s Day, we will be offering a pretty gift certificate that you can download to present to your Dad on Father’s Day if you’re chosen our winner!
We see tons of advertisements and blog posts about the moms of the world, but rarely do you see advertisements and postings about those special men in our lives. They tend to stay in the shadows, willing to take the back seat to mom, and give their quiet love and encouragement behind the scenes. They don’t ask for recognition for all that they do, the countless hours that they spend working even when they are sick so they can offer a better life for their families, or even to just put the next family meal on the table.
So this year, I wanted to honor those dads of the world who work tirelessly for their families without (much) complaint, that teach our young men how to be better young men, that teach our daughters how a young man should treat her, our fathers who are serving their country and are away from their families, and those that watch over their families as protective as any mother hen ever could. So to those dads everywhere – we thank you for being there for your children and your families.
My dad was gone a lot when I was a child, but that can with a his job as he was a truck driver. When he came home it was like a party and we had the best times together! I love you dad!
There are regulations as to where alcohol and wine can be shipped in the Continental United States. Wine of the Month Club has given us a listing of the states that they can ship to. In order to win Prize Package #1 or Prize Package #2 you must live in one of these states listed below. In addition, Wine of the Month Club has asked me to share that anyone who opts in to receive the WineofTheMonth Newsletter will be eligible to win a membership absolutely free!
These are the states that they currently ship to and they are working on expanding this list as fast as they possibly can. Unfortunately, they are unable to ship to Canada.