ONE SONG FOR PEACE
IN THE WORLD
"So much love to
To a family of all mankind
All our hearts and flags unfurled"
"I learned about this contest less than one month before the closing
date and endeavoured with all his heart to enter. I went home the
same day and sat down, thinking with my heart, praying for guidance.
Thoughts and feelings grew into melodies and words, and my song, "One
Song For Peace In The World" was born."
poster by Derek Fields
"The lyrics of the song reflect
images of equality amongst the peoples of the world, the need for
humility of heart to receive others and the
desire for forgiveness and
mercy between peoples and nations for reconciliation and healing.
The poetic imagery of the chorus is an invitation to all mankind to be
one unified, freedom-loving, peaceful family, joined heart to heart
around the world."
The adventure of recording the song began. As all of the Barbados
recording studios were completely booked out for the annual carnival
season, Derek journeyed to the neighbouring islands of Trinidad & Tobago
to produce and record the song.
He performed the major parts of the
song: Guitar, Piano, Lead and Background Vocals and Keyboard Programming
of all orchestral parts. He was blessed to have the assistance of some
of the young members of the spirit-filled Love Movement Choir of
Trinidad and Tobago who performed Background harmonies.
He is deeply
grateful to the lady Bernadette Scott (leader of the Love Movement
Choir) and Mr. Graham Wilson (Master Engineer) for all of their
assistance in recording the demo.
Derek Fields was born Jan. 29th 1960 to Stephen and Diana Fields on the island
of Barbados. His father was a founding member and guitarist of the
internationally famous MERRYMEN.
From the age of five Derek knew he wanted to create and
play music for the rest of his life. Derek taught himself the guitar and
piano out of a passionate love for music.
He was awarded first prize in
a national TV talent contest at age ten and as a teenager played for
pantomimes, local parties and weddings.
By age twenty, he had formed his
own pop-group playing many styles of music at home and abroad.
He later became lead vocalist with Ivory, the island's most popular band during
the 1980's, which recorded with PAUL MC CARTNEY on one of his visits to
He was later asked to compose the theme song for the
bicentennial celebrations of the Ursulines International, a Catholic
religious Order. He has been awarded a gold medal at the island's
National Independence Festival for the Creative Arts (NIFCA).
He chiefly performs the music of his heart at
home and in other islands of the Caribbean, but his musical talent has placed Barbados on the global stage. He
performed some of his original works on nation-wide Canadian television.
Derek is deeply honoured to be one of the winning composers in the Song For Peace Competition.
Derek, a devout Roman Catholic, is a prolific song-writer and composer.
His love for God has led him to create music that would inspire love and
goodness in the hearts of others. Derek currently works on the island
with his group TWO GUITARS, and is co-owner, writer and producer with
CRS Digital Recording Studio. He is the founder of Angel
Music, a Catholic recording label. He will soon release his first solo
album Child of God (Angel Music Label).
*** I Wanna Stay Young, Ivory, Tusk Label, 1981
*** Children of the Light/Mighty Rock, Diamond Label, 1984
*** Angela,Theme Song for Ursuline International Bicentennial Celebrations
*** Caribbean Unplugged, Two Guitars, CRS Music, 1999
*** Song of the Angels, Colours of Christmas Album, RHP Music
*** Movement of Love Album, Independent Label, 2002
*** Co-Producer, Caribbean Christmas (Vol 2), CRS Music, 2000
*** Upcoming CD Angel Music Presents: Derek Fields, Child of God, Angel Music 2002