Adwin (AH-DWEEN) Brown's second CD, Bluezeum: Put Your Mind on Hold, which was produced by Grammy award-winning Rick Hahn, continues to filet the perceived cut-and-dry concepts from which society operates. Spawned by his own hunger for innovative musical concoctions and the artist's Los Angeles enclave of Leimert Park, Adwin has grown from poet and performance artist to musician and composer.
On this new recording, Adwin shot for what he calls, "UTE—Unfamiliar Territory Explored." It's a concept that Norwood Fisher of Fishbone founded, and one that Adwin utilized when the pressure of perfection in the studio hung over his head.
Featuring multi-instrumentalists Dexter Story and Ron Cox with vocals by one of Madonna's backup singers, Nikki Harris, Put Your Mind on Hold possesses all of the themes that represent life's dichotomies. Incorporating philosophy, psychology, sexology—Adwin's lyrics are always steeped in paradox, rather than complacency, but he's learned to simply flow with what's inside—his desire to heal and to help people understand.
"This particular album is close to me because I wanted to share my humanity," recalls Adwin. In the past, he sometimes felt his music came off as distant and hollow. "But, when it became more personal, suddenly it became universal. Everyone has gone through times like this. Everyone has felt these emotions. I just wanted to talk to people with Put Your Mind on Hold."