A THOUSAND SUNS /CD
BY GURUGANESHA BAND
SPIRIT VOYAGE RECORDS
Yogi Bhajan said that inside each human being is a light that is brighter than a thousand
suns. His lectures inspired many songs and his
messages set the vibration for this powerful,
intuitive series of mantras.
GuruGanesha Singh and Paloma Devi combine their hypnotic and stunning vocals with
the mesmerizing cello of Hans Christian, collectively inviting the presence of the divine
into the heart of every listener.
The opening track, “A Thousand Suns,” re-lays the message to open your heart with
“Ang Sang Wahe Guru,” which translates to
“The dynamic, loving energy of the Infinite
Source of All is dancing within my every cell,
and is present in my every limb. My individual
consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness.”
“Thy Will Be Done” draws us deeper into
the Naam, or sacred sound current, by asking us to surrender to the will of the Divine
GuruGanesha’s previous albums have primarily featured words from the Sikh tradition. It
is a beautiful change to hear him lend his talents to the famous Hindu mantra “Sri Ram.”
Paloma Devi’s vocals on this track are particularly sensual, strong, and sacred.
This album blessed with Guru's grace and
cosmic infinite bliss is a joyful accompaniment
to any practice.
Reviewed by Krishna Khalsa who leads Sadhana at Yoga
West ( yogawestla.com) and is an international healer,
teacher, and intuitive. Intuitivecounseling.weebly.com
MOMENTS FROM THE LIFE
STORIES OF STRANGERS /CD
BY STEVEN CHESNE WITH THE
LUMINOUS WORLD ORCHESTRA
Listening to this CD, you feel as if you are
ensconced in a film. Musical swells and orchestral instrumentation are layered to create
cycles of tension and release.
What strikes me upon my first listen of Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers, Part
One by Steven Chesne with The Luminous
World Orchestra is its poetic ebb and flow,
an experience that defies labeling. Be it the
ethereal, hopeful instrumentation of songs
like “Invocation,” the grounding, deep tones
and sometimes soft qualities of, “When The
Love Will Rain Down Upon You,” or the
somehow classical-Americana feel of “
Yor-kietown,” this album takes on the qualities
of a soundtrack that seamlessly explores a
plethora of musical directions. Additionally,
there’s a Native American quality to “Glory
Story #2” and some Asian tonal texture to
“Change, Your Only Friend.”
When one learns about Steven Chesne’s background, it all makes sense. Chesne has put
forth much more musical work than his four
critically-acclaimed albums with The Luminous World Orchestra (of which he is the primary conductor/music director). He has also
scored multiple films and over 300 episodes of
primetime network TV shows, and recorded
concertos, orchestral suites, tone poems, and
more. That sensibility weaves its way into
these recordings, as they offer soothing, picturesque tracks that convey deep emotional qualities, seemingly woven into stillness and spirit.
Reviewed by Joe Kara, who loves his double life
working in music and teaching Yoga. @JJKara
MEDIA // REVIEWS
IGNITING THE BEAUTY /CD
BY BRENDA MCMORROW
WHITE SWAN RECORDS
Brenda McMorrow’s Igniting the Beauty captures the sweetness of the sacred sound experience. The title itself speaks to the unique
beauty we all embody, the beauty that ignites
our heart fire when we chant and sing mantras.
Igniting the Beauty has a variety of moods
and feelings. Brenda approaches “Ganesha
Om” with a fresh perspective, combining
the Sanskrit mantras with original folk and
bluegrass arrangements. Other tracks feature
Brenda’s personal renditions of traditional
mantras sprinkled with English lyrics; one example of this is found in “May I Awaken /
Govinda Bolo” where she weaves together the
Sanskrit lyrics and their English translations.
Her light and carefree vocals on “Gayatri /
Shine the Light” emanate both meditative
and soulful experiences. The strongest chant
on the album, “Anandamayi,” is the ultimate
sound nectar that provides the listener with
a deeply-introspective sound experience. The
harmonies within the track offer multiple layers of sound.
Brenda collaborated with acclaimed musician
and producer Ben Leinbach, whose talents
can be found on drums, percussion, and electric guitar.
The overall mood of Igniting the Beauty is
devotional with a distinctly Americana feel
for the sacred Sanskrit sounds. This recording expresses Brenda’s own experience with
how the power of sound can be expansive and
Reviewed by Natalie Macam, a yoga teacher who leads
regular charity yoga treks to the Himalayas in Nepal.