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Soul Contact

by Michael H. Cohen

Kirtan Leader Institute founder Mike Cohen blends Eastern mantra and Western grooves in an intoxicating manner Yoga Chicago Magazine described as "inspiring, addictive and highly-chantable".
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1. Sai Isha Sharanam (Dance of Ganesh)
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2. Uma Parvati
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3. Shirdi Sai
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4. Shakti Gayatri
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5. Om Sai Shree Sai
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6. Jaya Radhe
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7. Om Narayana
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8. Om Sai Guru Dev
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9. Twameva Mata / Lokha Samasta
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SOUL CONTACT
Michael H. Cohen’s 2012 release, Soul Contact is an intoxicating musically inspired journey to the soul and beyond. Like his debut album, Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West (2009), Cohen’s second CD Soul Contact (2012) was created with Grammy Award winning producer Jeff Ciampa and has received critical acclaim by prominent U.S. yoga practitioners and media.

Soul Contact was created during a two-year period where Cohen toured North America and travelled to the Southern Indian holy sites of Penukonda, Shirdi and Tirupati.  According to Cohen, “The music creates a channel to the energy of these sacred power spots of India, allowing listeners to access the Love, Freedom and Aliveness of Dattatreya Kirtan. Soul Contact is pure devotional groove integrating unforgettable and unique, mysterious, techno- enhanced mantras with Eastern spirituality.”

According to Yoga Chicago Magazine, “Soul Contact moves from ancient incantation, straight to the energy of the modern world.”

TRACKS
1 Sai Isha Sharanam (Dance of Ganesh)
2 Uma Parvati
3 Shirdi Sai
4 Shakti Gayatri
5 Om Sai Shree Sai
6 Jaya Radhe
7 Om Narayana
8 Om Sai Guru Dev
9 Twameva Mata/Lokha Samasta

All music composed by Michael H. Cohen © 2006-12 Shiva Datta Music, LLC (BMI). 

SOUL CONTACT  -  MICHAEL H. COHEN
MUSICIANS
Michael H. Cohen – lead vocals, harmonium
Joni Allen – featured vocals (6, 8), choir vocals (1, 2, 3, 5)
Jim Ed Cobbs – percussion (1, 5)
Jim Feist – tablas (2, 4). On web at www.classicaltabla.com
Kris Keith – flutes (1, 3, 4), soprano saxophone (1, 7)
Kevin Oliver – guitar (1, 3, 7)
Allie Stringer – featured vocals (2, 3, 4, 7, 9), choir vocals (1, 5, 6)
Jeff Ciampa – all other instruments and programming

PRODUCTION
Recorded, mixed and produced by Jeff Ciampa at Studio Orange
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering
Microphone support from Rob Griffin
Art direction and graphic design by Stacey Hubert
Photo of Shirda Sai Baba shot by Philip Lipetz in Shirdi, India
Group photo by Kaity Fuja - Harmonium photo by Brandon Jones
 
ABOUT SOUL CONTACT
Crafted during a two-year Kirtan tour across North America, this music was profoundly influenced by Michael H. Cohen’s travels to Southern Indian holy sites in Penukonda, Shirdi and Tirupati. The music creates a channel to the energy of these sacred power spots, allowing one to access the Love, Freedom and Aliveness of Dattatreya Kirtan. Produced by Grammy Award winner Jeff Ciampa and featuring dynamic vocalists Joni Allen and Allie Stringer, Soul Contact integrates ancient Eastern spirituality with funky Western musical grooves. Each track is an invitation to sing, dance, clap and play with Divine Energy within a contemporary Western context. Soul Contact is an intoxicating journey to the soul and beyond.
 
ABOUT THE MUSIC

1. SAI ISHA SHARANAM (DANCE OF GANESH)
Ganesha Sharanam, Sharanam Ganesh
Gum Gum Ganapateyei Namaha
Sai Isha Sharanam, Sharanam Ganesha
Gum Gum Ganapateyei Namaha
Namaha Namaha, Gum Gum Ganapateyei Namaha
Surrender your burdens and obstacles in the refuge offered by Ganesh and the great Indian saint Shirdi Sai Baba. 
 
2. UMA PARVATI
Durga, Durga Kali Ma
Durga, Durga Jaya Ma
Uma Parvati Ananda Mahi
Om Sai Shree Sai Jay Jay Sai-ee
Invoke the protection and bliss of the Divine Mother. Bathe in the Grace of Shirdi Sai Baba. 
 
3. SHIRDI SAI
Shradda Saburi Avohum
Om Sai Shree Sai Jay Jay Sai-ee
Maha Vaytala Brahma Putra Avohum
Shradda and Saburi… practice and patience. Vaytala (son of Brahma, the Creator) provides energy for creative responses to the illusions and challenges present of the manifest world.  
 
4. SHAKTI GAYATRI
Om, Om, Om
Aieem, Aieem, Aieem
Kleem, Kleem, Kleem
Saum, Saum, Saum
Om Bhur Suu-vaha
Tat Sa-vee-tur Var-ayn-yam
Bhargo De-vaas-ya Di-mahi
Dhi-yo-yo Na-ha Pracho-da-yat
The ancient sage Vishwamitra created the goddess Gayatri so She could manifest what he needed in his life. This mantra connects you to the creative power of the Divine Mother, essential to changing the circumstances of your life.
 
5. OM SAI SHREE SAI
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Sai Shree Sai Jay Jay Sai-ee
Dattatreya
Upon leaving his body, Shirdi Sai Baba released a potent mantra for receiving refuge, guidance and love through his energy – Om Sai Shree Sai Jay Jay Sai-ee. 
 
6. JAYA RADHE
Jaya Radhe
Govinda Gopala
Victory (Jaya) to the Divine Feminine in the form of Radhe, consort of Lord Krisha. Her sorrow reflects the mood of our current world-era, the Kali Yuga (Age of Darkness).  
 
7. OM NARAYANA
Om Narayana Vasudevaya
Shree Devi, Laxmi
Bhudevi, Balaji
Shanti Prema
Saraswati
Om Aieem Kleem Shreem
Maha Laxmi
Lord Balaji abides in Tirumala Temple in Tirupati, India where he and his wives, Bhudevi and Laxmi, offer love, peace and prosperity to the multitudes of pilgrims who seek their blessings. 
 
8. OM SAI GURU DEV
Om Sai Guru Dev Namoh Namah
Sadguru Sai-ee Namoh Namah
Mere Guru Dev Namah Namah
Praise to the blessed guru who shines Divine Truth, Purpose, Love and Peace into our lives.
 
9. TWAMEVA MATA/LOKHA SAMASTA
Twameva Mata Cha Pita Twameva,
Twameva Bandhu Cha Saka Twameva,
Twameva Vidya Dravenam Twameva,
Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva.
You are mother, father, brother and friend.
You are all wealth and wisdom. 
You are my all in all, lord of lords supreme.  
 
Lokha Samasta Sukinoh Bhuvantu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Peace, peace, peace.
 
These lullabies seal the energy of our Kirtan practice in our hearts. May we bring this Love, Freedom and Healing Energy into our lives to serve our self and others. 

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