A lot of talented and influential people have passed away recently, but I think Richie Havens death affects me most. I wish I had been able to see him live. My two favorite songs of his are the inspirational Woodstock performance in 1969 and the collaboration he did 31 years later with Groove Armada.
According to his website, the story behind “Freedom” goes like this: “He held the crowed spellbound for nearly three hours, called back for encore after encore. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual ‘Motherless Child’ that because ‘Freedom,’ a song now considered to be the anthem of a generation.”
“Hands of Time” is the track he made with Groove Armada, an electronic duo from London.