The Sea Song and Video by Matt Sorum

By Matt Sorum

(NOTE:  I first met Matt Sorum in Los Angeles – he is the former drummer for Guns ‘N Roses and is the founder of the super-group Kings of Chaos.  I was impressed by Matt’s heart-felt support for the dolphins, and he readily agreed to go with me to Tokyo and Taiji, where he sang his songs (including The Sea) on the beach and joined with grassroots activists from Japan and around the world in protesting the slaughter of dolphins.  His new video is a tribute to dolphins and the oceans.  I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do. – Ric O’Barry)


Matt Sorum and Ric O’Barry on the beach in Taiji, Sept. 1, 2013.  Photo by Daniela Moreno.


When I came up with concept for my video The Sea, it was after I connected with Ric O’Barry and Dolphin Project, after traveling to Taiji, Japan, in September of 2013 with Ric and his son Lincoln.  Dolphins represented so much more to me.

The dolphin has a very keen sense of family and who they are in the wild kingdom.  Seeing them struggle in the Cove at the hands of their captors made me hurt for them.

They possess the ultimate freedom.

Seeing them ripped from their home against their will was heartbreaking.

There is no more an intelligent being on this planet.  Their self awareness is beyond our comprehension.

Humans search for that sense of awareness most of their lives.  The Sea is a song about soul searching and looking for the peace within.  The whale in the video is the strength within.  The most majestic creature and definitely the largest.

The whale represents finding your strength within and to use it with passion as they do every time they leap from the sea.  Towards the end of the video I find my true love, my wife of 6 months, Ace Harper.

I am finally home and safe at the water edge.  The dolphins are the perfect love together in the end clip.

As the 2 dolphins swim off in to the sunset.  The metaphor is the purest most beautiful site of the bond that holds us all together.  Love.

The dolphin family is the greatest example of that love for family.


Matt Sorum drumming with Kings of Chaos.


Here’s Matt Sorum singing The Sea:



Photos by Daniela Moreno and Kings of Chaos.

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About Ric O'Barry

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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.

In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.

From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.

Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.

O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.

Author: Ric O'Barry


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