Since his first album release, Seeds of Peace, in 1980, through his current CD (11th) Flow, Stephen has established himself as an inspired performer and veteran poet/spokesman of the times. He has authored “The Art of Peace” (New Paradigm Books) and “The Call to Interfaith and Wholeness”, and has performed and spoken widely across the US and abroad. “Flow” is a selection of original orchestrated, melodic guitar compositions with guest recording artists. The featured track is “Jerusalem Prayer”, which catalyzed the forming of The Jerusalem Prayer Project, a music, film, and multimedia venture, of which Stephen is the founder and executive director/producer.
The inspiration behind "I Wish For You" came about when my wife, Nikki and I were flying to Israel, to attend our grandson Lior’s Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem I knew I would be performing at the reception, and so on the long 17-hour flight, I was thinking about what song I would perform. I decided to write a song inspired by Lior and the occasion. So during the flight, I wrote a song in my head of what I would wish for him containing Grandfatherly advice. I also envisioned the guitar chords and melody and jotted down the lyrics to "I Wish For You".
Although the song was inspired by a specific event, I wanted it to have more universality and be uplifting for anyone, anywhere. I performed the song at the Bar Mitzvah to a great response. Since then the song has risen to the top of my repertoire and I have continued to perform it at all events even at memorial services. With my filmmaking partner Robert Corsini, we have produced this music video featuring my two granddaughters and selected images from many of my adventures and social concerns. The song will be featured on my new upcoming CD to be released this year.
This year, in the 52nd commemoration of Dr. King’s death, and the 54th Anniversary of the Great March, and during Black History Month (February), Stephen has recorded his song, with full band, ”We Carry the Dream”, as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Stephen L. Fiske/Videocratic Media Inc. production made possible through funding by Unity-and-Diversity World Council
“Tonight at 11:58 I am sitting here listening to your new CD… Shalom As-salāmu ʿalaykum Dona Nobis Pacem (Translation: Peace, Peace be upon you, Grant us peace)
To you, Stephen, it is beautiful.”
~ Carolfrances Likins
“I highly recommend “Flow,” a new instrumental album by my friend Stephen Longfellow Fiske. Stephen is not only a gifted musician, but also a deeply committed peace activist and interfaith minister. His lovely music beautifully conveys the spirit of peace to which he has dedicated his life.”
~ Anthony Manousos
“Flow weaves its spell from the very first haunting notes of Jerusalem Prayer. This impressive collection of original orchestrated songs from Stephen Longfellow Fiske showcases his innovative compositions and artful musicianship. Enhanced by a circle of other very talented musicians and performers, Flow evokes deep emotions, culminating in the beautiful Peace of Prayer, which caps off a sublime, moving, and enjoyable listening experience.”
~ Stephen Rohde, author and human rights activist