Cecil: composition and video

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More on Cecil and to donate towards the conservation of lions, please visit: http://wildcru.org/

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“Cecil” pays tribute to the life and death of this majestic lion. Cecil’s death was tragic and unnecessary. It not only brought to light many issues and concerns surrounding the grotesque practice of luring an animal out of its sanctuary in order to be killed, but also how humans view and treat all animals. I hope because of Cecil’s life and death, we will learn as Ghandi stated so eloquently, “the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.” In other words, all life is precious. I firmly believe in what Albert Schweitzer wrote…

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

It’s important to note, focusing on one thing does not negate the other. In other words, “Cecil” exists because of what happened to Cecil the lion and my compassion for animals; however, this is but one piece of art pointing to the larger vision of respect for all life. Do not look at the finger, look where the finger is pointing. It is pointing to the stars, the heavens, the universe. To view a single lion’s life as precious and worthy can only encourage and promote the love of each other, the desire to help each other, the development of man as a species capable of taking care of one another and this planet we call home.

I hope this composition and accompanying video inspires you to support your local animal charities and to spread the love our world so badly needs. I hope it is thought provoking. And I hope you enjoy the music itself. Please share this video with your friends.[facebook][/facebook]

Rest in peace dear Cecil,
Mark Rapp

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi


More Details

Mark Rapp: trumpet, didgeridoo
Jonathan Lovett: piano
Dustin Retzlaff: bass
Jay Ware: doumbek, vibes

Recorded July 31, by Paul Bodamer (Jangly Records)

Original artwork: Sean Mosher-Smith (Echo Designlab)

More on Cecil and to donate towards the conservation of lions, please visit: http://wildcru.org/

FREE: Download “Cecil” sheet music!
Cecil Sheet Music


wildcru.org mentioned me and this composition on their website in a post titled “Where Art and Science Merge.” Check it out here: http://www.wildcru.org/news/science-art/



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