On Friday, July 16, Big Island trumpeter Ann Hoku Lyn will release her new music video “Syzygy (Free Your Mind),” an intergalactic journey, with hints of soul, jazz, and a laid-back island feel. Check out the video below.
The song starts mellow and then takes an unexpected turn in the bridge: a killer sax solo is played by Reggie Griffin (producer of “The Message” and writer for Babyface and The Isley Brothers) followed by a trumpet solo by Ann Hoku Lyn, which seems to take us into outer space at its climax. This is followed by a quiet, stripped-back third verse, returning the listener to the depths of our minds and souls.
“This song is about stripping away negative and limiting thoughts to find what is true at the moment,” says Hoku Lyn. “The external idea of planets aligning in a ‘syzygy’ can also represent an idea of internal alignment. Do we align with our beauty and power and luminescence? Or do we align with fear, shame, and let cycles of abuse control us?”
Once again, Ann Hoku Lyn delivers good music with a message.
The song, produced by Truth Musiq and recorded at the studio in Kailua Kona, is now available on all digital music platforms. The video is chock full of 4k images of the cosmos and is as stunning visually as the song is musical.
“The creation of this video was definitely a family affair,” says Hoku Lyn. Husband Truth Musiq filmed, edited, and cameos in the video, stepdaughter Kea Rose created the animation, and son Israel co-stars as a musical toddler who dreams of and achieves traveling through the stars.
“The video has sub-themes of freeing ourselves from the fear, shame, and division that the media is constantly selling us,” says Truth Musiq, “and breaking free from anything that is holding us back from reaching for the stars.”
“Syzygy (Free Your Mind)” is an interesting follow-up to Ann Hoku Lyn’s previous song/video release, “Mama Don’t (Take No Mess),” an exuberant female empowerment funk song.
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