Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peace and the Bokra Song - Quincy...

Jones is a musical genius and activist, I look up to him. Please listen and forward; we can help create peace in our time; through music. As the Bergevin Brothers like to say, "we believe music is the trellis upon which the fruit and vine of our own personal journeys can take root, travel and grow."

Let's travel and grow peacefully...


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-----Original Message-----
From: Quincy Jones <donotreply@quincyjones.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:02:33
To: <joe@jdbergevinhomes.com>
Subject: Peace and the Bokra Song

Friends and my extended family:

For the past year, I've been working on a project that means the world to me. It's a song called BOKRA, which means "Tomorrow" in Arabic.

It's a project that is all about the unification of people, cultures, and religions through music.

The world is at a pivotal point and it is imperative that we focus on our commonalities rather than our differences.

It is our aim that this song will serve as a beacon of hope and solidarity for the Arab World at such a crucial time in its history. It is also our desire that this song reach as wide of an audience as possible -- especially in the West -- where I think it's important people witness the profound statement that is made by 24 Arabic artists from 16 different countries uniting their voices for peace and a better tomorrow.

It is my firm belief that through music and entertainment we can establish a broader and more complete mutual understanding and acceptance between the United States and the Arabic-speaking world. It is our goal to eradicate the lack of communication that has led to the current divide and various misconceptions that exist between the regions.

The music video can be found at the following link:


If you don't speak Arabic, the English translation can be found here: http://www.quincyjones.com/english

100% of the proceeds from this song will benefit education for children in the region via the United Nations WFP and other worthy organizations.

If you believe peace is possible, and that our children are the answer, please forward this video to at least 10 people who need to hear this message.




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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bergevin Brothers - Seven Songs For America album now in President Barack Obama's hands.

Hello all,
I have great news.  We have confirmation that last week at a campaign stop for Senator Harry Reid the President received a copy of "Seven Songs For America".  This happened through a supporter/fan of ours in Las Vegas Marla Turner who was responsible for putting up the Obama Music and Arts web site for which "Fired Up" was featured for many weeks during the campaign.  Marla Turner is an activist and has met with the president on four previous occasions.  She contacted me last week to get permission to use "I Am An American" the music we did on election night when Barack Obama was elected.  She requested permission to push the music to 2500 of her email listeners.    During the conversation, she mentioned that she would be seeing/meeting the president.  I asked her if she would be willing to try and put the album into Barack's hands.  She said that she thought it might be difficult with the secret service in place and watching, but thought that she might try using staffers for this purpose. 
I got confirmation from her that he indeed received the album and in his words said "Cool!".
This is a significant achievement for us and for the many, many team members who helped create the album.  It is an honor to know that our commander in chief has the album.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bergevin Brothers appearing on KUBE 93 Streetbeat with Tony B

As part of our recent contribution to the music for the United States Census, we were asked by the producer Tony Benton to come and participate in an interview with the team that made the song and music video.  This was an honor for us.  Joe and I are particularly interested in making music that has the power to affect change.  As part of the research we did to get the specifics about the Census, we talked with our mother who worked on the census the past few decades and did some internet reading.  The project was right up our alley and provided us an outlet to create another piece of music with meaning and a message.  The team that participated was a super talented group of young rappers and singers.  Joe and I spent a very long evening creating the vocal hook and lyrics and recording a rough cut of the song.  On the studio day, Tony B introduced me to the group and said this is Jon Bergevin he's going to be your vocal director for the day.  We were off and running.  I took the group straight to the piano and taught them the lead part, we then created harmony parts together by experimenting with some different sounds.  We spent probably about 15-20 minutes preparing, then went to the vocal booth and laid down the hook.  It was a real pleasure working with  Jennifer Newberry, Etiquette, Shawna Locey.  We didn't work directly with the rap portion of the music but did listen to much of it being recorded by Roderick.  Several weeks later the music video appeared and completely blew Joe and I away, it turned out so, so great.  There were several more elements and layers that had been added by the team that really fleshed out the work.
Participating in the interview at Kube93 with the National Director for the Census and the local regional director was an honor and an experience we won't soon forget.  The National office was so complimentary of the work and how spot on it was for helping them connect with people they need to have fill out the census information and get it back to them.  They have created several advertisements from the material already and are continuing to find ways of using the work.
Here is a link to the music video.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our music performed at Haiti Relief Concert

Bergevin Brothers: Just heard our new song "Trust The Silence" performed by the Total Experience Gospel Choir for a Haiti Relief concert. What an honor to have such a talented group perform our music.
Joe wrote this two days before the big Haitian earthquake, and I helped score and produce it. We hope you like it.
Stay tuned for more,
The Bergevin Brothers

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Barack Obama likes our music

March 4, 2010 - Barack Obama likes our music (our internet hit "Fired Up, Ready To Go")
Two years running one of nine Barack Obama Favorite Videos originally on YouTube.com/BarackObama.  The site features our internet hit song "Fired Up, Ready To Go".  Back in February of 2008, right before we opened for Barack Obama at Key Arena, we had verbal confirmation from the Washington State Director of Obama for America Chelsea Waliser that Mr. Obama had hear the music and personally commented that he liked it.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

We met Marc Cohn and Shane Fontayne

Last night, Joe and I had the amazing experience of meeting Marc Cohn and Shayne Fontayne. What a concert they gave and what an honor to meet our heroes. We have been listening to Marc since the early 90's. Seeing these two journeyman musicians weave a magic web of stories and dreams around the audience was such a huge pleasure. Joe and I always learn so much when we watch other musicians at their trade. I really hope we get to see these cats again and would love to meet Shane again. He has an extra-ordinary set of ears and a wonderful voice.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

United States Census Bureau Circulates Music we helped create.

February 24, 2010.

United States Census Bureau - circulating "Count Me In" the song we helped create for the 2010 Census.
Joe and I were asked by Tony Benton of KUBE 93 in Seattle, to help create the vocal hook for his song "Count me In" that he was creating for the US Census, to help get people to register. We first found out about it when we were there for an interview about our work on the Obama Campaign music. It was a celebration of the inauguration 1 year after the President was elected and part of Black History month. After our interview, Tony said "Hey I'm working on something that you might be able to help with". He played us the mix of the music and Joe and I came up with the hook right there in front of him. The rap portion of the music as well as the verse was created by others, but we created the hook. A few weeks later we found ourselves back at the Columbia City Theater (our old home for Fired Up, Ready To Go and many of the songs on our album). Working with a new crew of young singers. It was a really special day and we had a ton of fun creating the work and were really happy how well Tony produced the Video. It looks and sounds really, really great.

Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FMI1owha0 

Here is the Washington Post article that was produced regarding the work.
Washington Post Article