Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa | Morning Glory

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Morning Glory

by Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa

Rhythmic, meditative, and energizing groove for chanting and meditation.
Genre: Spiritual: Mantras
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Call
7:49 album only
2. Wah Yantee Kar Yantee
7:43 album only
3. Mul Mantra
7:16 album only
4. Sat Siri Siri Akaal
7:21 album only
5. Rakhe Rakhanhaar (feat. Lili Haydn)
7:24 album only
6. Wahe Guru Wahe Jeeo
22:15 album only
7. Guru Ram Das (feat. Sat Kartar, Lili Haydn & Dan Charnas)
6:19 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The music for these ancient chants grew out of my own daily practice. I had listened to and tried many other artists' CDs of the Aquarian Sadhana mantras (as given by Yogi Bhajan), but I found myself trying to "sing" along with the tunes, instead of getting into the naad / spiritual groove of the mantras. I sat down at my harmonium with a prayer that excellent tunes honoring and representing each of the mantras would come through... and one by one they did. My intent was to bring about a progression of rhythms and melodies that would be easy to chant along with, and carry the listener/chanter on a meditative journey.

Things were moving along just fine. However, the tune for the final mantra in praise of Guru Ram Das seemed stuck in the ethers and wasn't manifesting. I tried. I tried not trying. A few weeks went by and it was a bit puzzling why this process that had been in such a perfect flow, seemed so blocked. Then one night I happened to stay up very late and was noodling around on the piano. I was in that head space, you know when you are so tired but still compelled to stay up? I think my "defenses" were down. There wasn't any thinking to my process. I found myself chanting to Guru Ram Das, to a melody and with chords that simply would not have worked on the more limited harmonium. It was so blissful, chanting in such a prayerful way!

But a small issue arose... when I woke up in the morning I could not remember the melody.

A few nights later as I slept, I was chanting the mantra in a dream. I realized in my dream that I was dreaming and that I was chanting to the forgotten tune. I jumped out of bed, ran to the piano, and played it until I knew it again, wrote down the notes and chords (I still have that piece of paper somewhere) and went back to bed.

Then the album started coming together. My friend, Dan Charnas offered to record/produce the recordings for me. He had been praying to Guru Ram Das for the best way to serve, and felt strongly that producing this chanting CD was his answer to that prayer. Musicians I knew and didn't know manifested. Dan had met Lili Haydn (she is such an amazing violinist!) at yoga classes in Hollywood, and she happily played on the Guru Ram Das and Rakhe Rakhanhaar chants. My long time sister in divine and gal pal Sat Kartar Kaur brought her beautiful vocals to the Guru Ram Das chant. Other instruments include harmonium (Siri Ved Kaur), guitar (Mark Brodie), piano (Dan Charnas), Dhol drum (Gurujodha Khalsa), tablas (Guru Meher Singh), mardanga drum (Adwaita Acarya Das), Udu drum and a bit of bongos (both with Marilyn Donadt). We recorded in the evenings, over a period of a month or two. I'd never recorded in a studio environment before and Dan, as a hip hop producer in the 90s was new to recording with live instruments. We had quite an adventure together. I am ever grateful to him for the many hours he devoted (and it was truly devotion) to bringing it all together...

This is all to say, these chants, this music, these artists, the album, all came together purely from a state of Grace. The mantras and grooves are powerful and effective. Chant along and enjoy the journey!



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