Susan Ann Jones | Prayer to the Wild

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Prayer to the Wild

by Susan Ann Jones

A blending of Celtic roots with North Indian ragas, these original songs create a natural synthesis of West and East
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Lovers (On Raga Hindola)
6:31 $0.99
2. Return of the Scythe-Wing (On Raga Sarasvati)
8:15 $0.99
3. Digitalia (On Raga Digitalia)
5:10 $0.99
4. Sacred Grove (On Raga Bhimpalasi)
5:54 $0.99
5. Hoverfly (On Raga Madhmad Sarang)
6:23 $0.99
6. Wolfish Soul (On Raga Shree)
5:51 $0.99
7. Wild Herd (On Raga Ahir Bhairav)
7:32 $0.99
8. Ode to London (On Raga Chandrakauns)
5:28 $0.99
9. Bare Bones (On Raga Gunakali)
7:13 $0.99
10. Imbolc (On Raga Shankara)
7:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music for this album comes out of many years of learning, practising and improvising on North Indian ragas from the ancient Dhrupad tradition.
Recently I began to compose songs on the ragas I love most. From improvising deeply on the raga, words began to flow out. I then set each 'poem' to specific musical notes and gradually, singing these words and notes over and over, the composition began to feel and sound like a melodic song.
I found, and still find, this process very exciting and mysterious. I realised that a blending of my Welsh Celtic roots, my love of nature and poetry and the ragas themselves was naturally happening inside me.
I have been very fortunate to have subsequently been working with some very sensitive and talented musicians who have helped me develop these songs and bring them further to life.
Firstly, thanks must go to my raga teacher and friend, Felix Padel who, besides bringing the ragas to me in the first place, plays beautiful viola and violin on the album.
Then, heartfelt thanks to my partner Khoji Price for his expressive vocal contributions and fine drumming and for his loving support throughout the whole process.
Deep gratitude to producer, Julian Littman for the tender care and listening that he has given to my songs and for his technical brilliance as well as his musical mastery on guitar, drums, harmonica, vocals and mandolin.
Further credits must go to Ian Herbert on clarinet and to Jonathan Mayer on sitar.
As well as taking the lead vocal on all the songs, I also play tampura, drums, percussion, piano, harmonium and dulcimer.
I hope these songs will touch you and remind us all of our connection to Mother Earth and our responsibility to her.



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