Ken Holt

Honest and respectful, Ken captures a slice of American life with unique humor and insight. Who I Am is an alternative blend of Americana music.

Honest and respectful, Ken captures a slice of American life with unique humor and insight. Who I Am, an alternative blend of Americana music.

Proud

Ken Holt

Ken wrote this song for his son, Raul. "Everytime I played it at home I teared up. Didn't know if I'd ever play it live. When I gave it to Raul at his graduation from Marine Corp boot camp, he said, 'Dad, I think you should play this out.'" So, here it is. Proud.

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Next To You

Shouting Stones

Fireworks and tanks make for a hot 4th of July. Spend some time in a tank in July or send off one of the largest fireworks displays in history ( I didn’t count the bangs. ), and you’ll be looking for a swimming pool and cold one.

Of course, not everyone in America was enamored with the hardware display. I heard that without the right ticket, you couldn't get close to those high powered steam rooms anyway. Oh well, the fireworks topped Disney and Paul McCartney, which accomplished the one-ups-manship and gave everyone something to gasp about.

A preacher whom I highly respect asked, (paraphrase) ‘How can America party down and pretend like everything is great, when it fact it isn’t.’ Preachers, at least some, have problems with locked up kids and unsanitary conditions, and asylum seekers being lumped into the same category as “rapist and murderers,” but, you’ve heard all that before and will undoubtedly hear it again from multiple sources.

For me, the American phenom worth celebrating is the tradition of standing together when all manner of adversary, either physical or rhetorical, attempts to send us to our respective corners. The song, Next To You, which I am going to share, says “when love returns and the lessons are learned, I’ll be next to you.”

I’m celebrating 50 years of music in some form or another, and still growing. America is way older than me and, guess what, still growing. The divisive pain felt now in most corners of America would make any birth duola squirm. Next To You was written in the tradition of the verses to This Land Is Your Land that you’ve probably never heard, i.e., ‘How can America party down and pretend like everything is great, when it fact it isn’t.’

Here’s the good news. It will be again. And you know what else? I’ll be Next To You. Peace, Ken

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Mission: to create a welcoming community based upon a love and appreciate for music, and a love and respect for all people.”

— Ken Holt

Welcome to Who I Am.  If you Google Ken Holt's music project, who I am, you will likely find non-profits, self-help, and even Pete Townshends  autobiography.  Whoiam.band is different in two ways. First, it is based upon a love and appreciation of music. There is a T-shirt that reads, "Music was my first love."  In the same way, at the heart of Who I Am is the love for music. Second, and foundational, whoiam.band understands that music is a powerful common thread that binds people together. Music, although genreafied,  is the common possession of every race and skin color, every ethnic group and economic strata, every sexual identity, and is the sole possession of no singular religion. Simply put, we may not love every style of music, but Who I Am is committed to love those who make it and the listeners who enjoy it.

Whatever music you're exposed to in life, has a way of finding its way to the surface. That's true of Who I Am's new album, Who I Am...with you. Blending rock influences, alternative country and pop, WIA adds a fun and positive vibe to any playlist. The first VIDEO, Claim This Land, points back to WIA's Mission: creating a welcoming community based upon a love and respect for all people.

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Peace to you and yours.