LET YOUR HEART BE KNOWN /CD
BY STEVE GOLD
I didn't know what to expect when I received Steve Gold's new album "Let Your
Heart Be Known." But, man, do I love
to be pleasantly surprised. This is so not
what I expected in a "Yoga album." But
this is so much more than a Yoga album.
Some of you may have had your heads in
the sand like myself and not have heard
of Steve and his music. I don't know how
I missed him because he's everywhere
in the Yoga community. Steve and wife
Anne-Émilie have toured extensively with
world-renowned Yoga teacher Shiva Rea,
sharing their music at her teacher trainings
and retreats. Steve has also collaborated
on musical events with kirtan artists Dave
Stringer, Donna De Lory and Suzanne
Sterling, plus prominent yoga teachers
Saul David Raye and Mark Whitwell.
True to its name, track one, “So Sweet,”
is a bluesy, almost country groove filled
with finger-style flat picking that would
be right at home in Nashville. There is
even banjo tucked way in the back to
bring it straight on home to that comfortable, earthy sound that made me think of
James Taylor with a Neil Young twang.
After every song I expected to hear Blind
Faith's “Can't Find My Way Home"
come up on the iPod. The vibe and integrity of this album sit comfortably with the
Steve Gold's “Let Your Heart Be Known”
is well-produced, beautiful music for the
Yoga studio and your home. If Yoga music is meant to break out of the studios
and into the mainstream, this album is a
foot in – or out – the door.
Reviewed by Daniel Overberger, an LA-based Yoga teacher, the author of Leaving Stress Behind and founder of alt-kirtan group, Dharma Gypsys: Leavingstressbehind.com.
Bringing Ocean Health In
to Sight, and In to Mind /BOOK
BY TED DANSON & MICHAEL D’ORSO
TV superstar Ted Danson is a master of
more than entertainment. For twenty-five
years, he has been observing, reporting on,
and representing the health of the oceans
in international and political arenas. Considered one of the world’s foremost oceanic environmental activists, he, alongside
journalist Michael D’Orso, recently published the insightful, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to
This thought-provoking spread lays out,
in chilling detail, the declining health of
our seas over the past fifty years and provides readers ideas on ways to take action
and save our oceans. Danson and D’Orso
give a voice to other ocean activists and
provide readers with an idea about how
much and how little is currently being
done to save the seas.
In a conversational and perceptive tone,
they bring to light many of the hidden
truths about the damage being done to our
oceans including the threatened collapse of
world fisheries and undersea ecosystems,
unmanaged fishing practices, oceanic acidification caused by toxic waste dumping,
and off-shore oil extraction and spills. By
closely examining what has happened and
is happening underneath the surface of the
sea, Danson and D’Orso also help us understand how our lives depend on keeping
our oceans healthy and strong.
Stocked full of sometimes disturbing, other times awe-inspiring colorful pictures,
charts, and statistics, Oceana offers a vivid
understanding of the connections between
the ocean, our choices, and our future.
Go to http://www.nutonemusic.com/