Paula Gilbert | Chanting for Healing and Prayer

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Chanting for Healing and Prayer

by Paula Gilbert

Soothing and uplifting traditional and new age chants celebrating spiritual diversity. The world beats are exilirating and the toning and vocals are calming and beautiful.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Call to Prayer
Paula Gilbert & The Intoners, Zackary Miller, Mal Tornay
3:39 $0.99
2. Siyahamb'
Constance Romero, Elise & Mal Tornay, Paula Gilbert
1:52 $0.99
3. Govinda Prayers
Hansadutta dasa, Paula Gilbert & The Intoners
6:04 $0.99
4. Amazing Grace
Paula Gilbert & The Intoners, Katie Ketchum
2:47 $0.99
5. Shalom Chaverim
Carol Levy, Paula Gilbert, Crystal Sanchez, Mal Tornay
1:12 $0.99
6. Om Mane Padme Hum
Paula Gilbert & The Intoners, Zackary Miller, Mal Tornay
2:22 $0.99
7. Alleluia
Paula Gilbert, Lisamarie Kirkess, Tory Rotlisberger
1:33 $0.99
8. E Aloha Mana Pono
Paula Gilbert & The Intoners, Zackary Miller, Mal Tornay, Tomu
2:05 $0.99
9. Sri Ram
Paula Gilbert, Tory Rotlisberger, Mal Tornay
2:56 $0.99
10. I Love You Chant
Chanara, Daniel Lauter, Robert Powell
2:10 $0.99
11. Names Chant
Paula Gilbert, Lisamarie Kirkess, Torie Rotlisberger
2:16 $0.99
12. Hare Krishna
Hansadutta dasa, Paula Gilbert & The Intoners
7:05 $0.99
13. Hey Yanna Ho
Paula Gilbert & The Intoners, Zackary Miller, Mal Tornay
1:22 $0.99
14. Hine Ma Tov
Paula Gilbert, Carol Levy, Mal Tornay
1:11 $0.99
15. Gaelic Blessing
Crystal Sanchez
0:48 $0.99
16. Pentatonica
Paula Gilbert & The Intoners
0:56 $0.99
17. Dodi Li
Constance Romero, Crystal Sanchez, Elise Tornay, Paula Gilbert,
2:10 $0.99
18. Funga Alafia
Nick & Mitch Mariani, Chelsea Thompson, Jamie Lampert, Quincey W
2:17 $0.99
19. Quan Yin
Lisamarie Kirkess, Paula Gilbert
2:17 $0.99
20. Ubi Caritas
Katie Ketchum, Paula Gilbert
1:48 $0.99
21. Om Namaha Shivaya
Paula Gilbert
2:04 $0.99
22. Sufi Poem
Rodney Sanchez
0:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The album was produced by artist and teacher Paula Gilbert. Recorded after 9/11 and on the market since November 2003, the album Chanting for Healing and Prayer benefits global unity causes such as OxFam, RAWA, Twin Tower Orphan Fund, Global Exchange, and Food Not Bombs.

Paula Gilbert, one of the main artists and the producer of the album, tells her spiritual story of how the album was made. Paula is a performance artist, composer and teacher who founded the California Cloverdale School of Music in 1994. After 9/11 she attended a Shamanic (Native American) mask making class that she had been attending every year for the past 7 years. The purpose of the class was to create a vision for the following shamanic year which begins each year in November. In the class, the participants worked together with a facilitator to create their vision through several guided meditations and journaling. The class took place late in October following the attack on America. During one of her meditations she had a vision. Paula says, "I became fluid and went into the earth. I saw myself dressed as a bear going around a table with children. I also saw a stone mouse from my Mother's table that we had made together up in the mountains when I was young. Then I saw birds flying through the light above me and I felt the Bear merge with me and tell me that he would be there to help me with strength in the coming year. Then the bear said we would need some birds for spirituality and a blue bird with a black head appeared and told me to gather the chants from all over the world, especially Afghanistan and to put them on a CD for healing and prayer." There were other parts to the vision telling her to use not just her own renditions but also to do the research and to include a chant for the children and the soldiers.

After the class, Paula went home with her mask and began the research and started collecting the chants. She told her mother about her vision and her mother offered to help out. She wanted as many chants from different cultures and languages and possible. Once she had collected several chants, on December 16, 2001 the recording began at Joe Hoffmann Studios in Occidental, California. Paula Gilbert, with Tory Rotlisberger and Mal Tornay (members of her Papa Divas Band) started off the recording with their beautiful rendition of Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai, Ram Om which means "I am, you are, we are one". The recording continued on December 30th in a beautiful mansion on top of a hill in Sonoma County with a large group of people including musician Zackary Miller from the 5 A.M. Band on dijiridu (one of the oldest instruments on the planet). Mal Tornay again brought his wonderful drumming ability along with his daughter, a beautiful singer, Elise Tornay. Katy Ketchum an artist from Sebastopol brought her healing voice and impeccable piano playing and her husband Mike, a poet, who also added to the vocal team. Performance artist, Tory Rotlisberger again brought her healing voice along with her friends and vocalists Joanna Noble, Karen Wallace and John Faulkner. Rick Mariani of Wolf Coffee with his twin sons Nicolas and Mitchell added their vibrant vocal mix as well. Paula's family also participated in this recording session, with her Mother, Pat Gear, two Brothers, Karl and Rodney Sanchez, her sister-in-law Bethany Sanchez and her niece, Crystal Sanchez. Paula remembers, "It was a great healing adventure to all sing together. I remember it was pouring rain outside. It was like the skies were raining all the tears of grief we felt for the victims of the 9/11 attack."

The spiritual adventure of creating this CD continued with several other recording sessions adding more cultures and more voices. Performance artist Lisamarie Kirkess added a beautiful, healing Quan Yin chant to represent the Far East. Carol Levy offered her beautiful vocal with two Jewish chants. Jamie Lampert, Chelsea Thompson and Quincy Wise, all students of Paula's, added their vocals to the children's chant, Funga Alafia.

Then in March of 2002 Paula happened to meet Hans Jurgen Kary (Hansadutta dasa) through her good friend and teacher Jim Seymour and the adventure continued. Hansadutta, a Swami from the Hare Krishna faith offered a complete Kirtan (Indian chanting and eating tradition). The Hare Krishna chant was recorded in April of 2002 with 6 Krishna devotees, Nakula dasa, Vishwambhara dasa, Lokanatha dasa, Gadadhara dasa, Jim Seymour and Radha Towle. They were joined by Pat Gear, Paula Gilbert, Rick Gilbert, Tory Rotlisberger, Crystal Sanchez, and Mal & Elise Tornay. Hansadutta spent time with The Beatles in the 60's when they were in India learning about Krishna. After each chanting session (even at the recording studio) we all ate a wonderful vegetarian dinner prepared by Hansadutta and the devotees.

After some more time passed and the graphics were created for the CD by Paul Bacon, Paula added the "I Love You Chant" by Chanara, her teacher and friend now living in Santa Fe, NM, and the final recording session was done by Paula Gilbert with her beautiful rendition of the Shiva mantra in Sanskrit which translated means "I honor the divine within".

The album was recorded, edited and mixed by Joe Hoffmann Studios, Occidental, CA. The photographs were done by Joe Hoffmann, and the CD graphics manufacturing were done by Paul Bacon of KABA Audio Productions - The website was created by Dave Rose of D2m interactive in San Jose.

The album has been selling well in stores and on-line at This year they have raised enough money to do a good donation to each charity beginning in January. Next year they hope to give even more.

Chanting is a wonderful way to relax; chanting calms and clears the mind of random thought. Paula discovered through her research that every culture chants, every culture is interested in communing with their divine self and every culture strives for inner peace and has a name for God. Paula believes, as we create this peace inside each one of us, so shall the world be peaceful.

Jamie of Indiana who just purchased the album online said "The CD is absolutely beautiful, in every way ... right down to the CD cover. My home is now filled with your beautiful voices... I'm filled with such a sense of connectedness with all who had a part in creating this beautiful CD and with the rest of the world. My deepest gratitude to you all...."

We all came together in hope of creating a statement that says - We all want to get along - We all want the world to get along and we know this is possible.



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