Michael Mucklow

Joshua Tree, USA

A Sacred Promise


Behind the Music

What shocked me most about the stories in The Outlaw Ocean is the enormity of destruction of the abundance of ocean species and of the ocean itself by our garbage. I was shocked by  the destruction of human life by way of enslavement, torture and death. For such a beautiful, wonderful and amazing geography there’s a real counterpoint of sadness. How can you not grieve within your own being when you learn of these things?

Almost right away I knew how I wanted to arrange the composition and the specific sounds and prose I wanted to include in my music for this project. I knew this project would reach audiences all over the world. Music is borderless; it doesn’t know nations, countries, states, or cities. No matter who you are, where you are, a song can reach deep within you and inspire. A song can breathe into you a caring, a compassion, an action. The Internet has made it possible for a person to be exposed to genres from other places and cultures. I, myself, have become aware of new music I greatly enjoy from a variety of places and it can get into my soul and speak to me.

I once had a gentleman tell me the reason he enjoyed my music was because he could imagine his own story rather than someone’s lyrics telling him what the story should be. I do feel my music has accomplished this and I know each composition was inspired.

Michael Mucklow
About Michael Mucklow

Michael Mucklow still remembers the first time he heard “Theme from A Summer Place.” It was an odd song for a 13-year-old boy to be drawn to…but he was mesmerized by it. “Moon River” is another song he was easily drawn into. These two songs remain among his top favorites. His first guitar, a nylon stringed Alvarez, arrived on his 16th birthday. Mucklow didn’t know he was interested in playing the guitar until he got one. From the beginning, he has composed instrumental songs.

Though there are a great many lyric-based songs he likes, Mucklow seems to gravitate naturally to the instrumental style. Music took on a deeper meaning for him when he learned the healing effect it can have on people. Since then, his desire has been to create that healing effect through his own music. He hopes his music will enable you to escape the noise and enjoy some quiet moments. 

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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