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"BROTHER TO ALL MEN"
Produced, Composed and Preformed by Ben Boyd

The lyrics of the song are the life story of Ben Boyd. From the time he was a small child the thing that interested him most was the cultures and spirituality of all races of people. In his life, he has lived with and participated in the cultures of white, yellow, black and red people. The song explains how he has lived with all these races but always felt alone.

Although he is more white man in the blood than Indian, as a child he spent most of his time participating in Native American activities and learning from his Indian grandfather. He grew up in small white communities in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and did not feel as though he was part of white people. He spent his summers living with his grandfather and Indian danced at Powwows in Oklahoma. Thus the song lyrics:

 

 

When I was born, right from the start
I was a white man in the blood, but an Indian in my heart
Beat of an Indian drum was the beat of my heart
I was a Lone Wolf among white men

In Alaska he lived in Indian villages and did not Indian dance for many years. While staying in the wilderness alone for three months, a wolf came to him and stared him in the eye. Boyd could clearly see that it was time for him to start Indian dancing again and to not be apart from white people. He no longer felt alone but as though he was a brother to all men. Thus the song lyrics:

The Wolf Spirit, gave a new start
I am brother to all men in my heart
Beat of all men's drum is the beat of my heart
I am brother to the wolf and all men

"BROTHER TO ALL MEN"

 

Ben Boyd has been a professional musician since age thirteen peforming R&R in Teen Dance Clubs. He is age 66 and has be playing R&R since the 50's when it began. He learned to play Rythem & Blues in the 60's while playing in Black R&B Bands in St. Louis and later played in Hippie Bands in LA. He has played in groups with hit recordings and worked in recording studios in Hollywood California. He continued to work there as a recording and video producer. He played in clubs in Fairbanks during the pipeline era and helped start some of the first Native Bands in the Indian Villages above the Yukon River where he was an Itinerant Music Teacher in seven Indian villages.

 

Ben Boyd's recordings are comprised of instrument tracks, backup vocals, and lead vocals all performed by himself. He performs a 60's Hit Music Show that presents some of the most famous recordings of that era. He has been playing the songs in these performances ever since they first came out. Using computer technology he is able to play and mix all of the instrument and back-up vocals, for accompaniment for his singing and insturmental solos. It is a One Man Band performance. He is also one of the oldest professional Indian Hoop Dancers in America today and gives performances that include both 60's Hit Music and
Native Hoop Dancing.

 

Hear recordings of 60's HIT MUSIC by Ben Boyd

MY GIRL

SINCE I MET YOU BABY

WALKIN THE DOG

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN

WHITER SHADE OF PALE

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

 

"LAND OF THE GREAT SPIRIT"
Produced, Composed and Preformed by Ben Boyd

"Land of the Great Spirit" is about the relationship that exists between what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Gwich'in Athabascan Indians.The Song in no way expresses any political views about ANWR but was written by Ben Boyd before oil development in ANWR became a national controversy. It was written to honor the Spiritual Beliefs of the Gwich'in Indians.

The Gwich'in Athabascan Indians of Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada have received physical and spiritual nourishment from the Porcupine Caribou Herd for thousands of years. Hear Testimony by members of the Gwich'in Clergy as to the spiritual relationship that exists between the Gwichi'n, the Creator, the Porcupine Caribou Herd and their caving ground, the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is called by the Gwich'in, "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins". It is called this because it is the birthing place for many species of animals and birds. Though it might appear to be a waste land to people who do not have knowledge of Alaska's Echo Systems, It has vegetation and environment that are essential for the birthing of many animal and bird species.

The song has been added to a Music Video. The original analog video was produced by Ben Boyd as a project for a MA Degree in Cultural Documentation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2001. This version was revised, digitally enhanced and remastered into a digital format by Ben Boyd. All components of video production and music composed, performed and produced by Ben Boyd of Boyd Communications 2001.

Click to play "LAND OF THE GREAT SPIRIT "


"RUN AROUND BLUES / ALASKA BLUES"
Produced, Composed and Preformed by Ben Boyd

"Run Around Blues" is a very old standard Blues Tune sang by many singers over the years. While performing in Alaska, Ben Boyd added a verse to the song and made it into the "Alaska Blues". Traveling around by airplane to remote Indian Villages and putting on dances was quite refreshing for him after playing music in the LA area for many years. It inspired him to compose the Alaska Blues verse to the song that states: I'm digging these run around Blues, I hope the trail don't get no shorter, when I got these Run Around Alaska Blues.

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BROTHER TO THE WOLF
MUSIC CD

All of the above songs are on this CD and can be purchased
$5.00 plus $3.00 shipping & handling
contact: boydcommunications@acsalaska.net

Ben Boyd can be contacted at: boydcommunications@acsalaska.net

2009 Boyd Communications - Box 82896 Fairbanks, AK 99708 - 907.479.2819