December 19, 2012
This week’s topic: 2012: The Year in Music
until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.
None this week… It’s an all-music show!
Jai Sita Ram, MC Yogi
Radhe Radhe, Prajna Vieira & Ben Leinbach
Mera Baid, Nirinjan Kaur
Jap Man Sat Naam, Aykanna
Govinda Narayana, Kristin Luna Ray
He Markandeya, Bhakti Messenger
Shiva Shakti, Terra Gold
Ant Na Siftee, Gurunam Singh
Om Sai Shree Sai, Michael H. Cohen
Durga Z-Bol, Daniel Paul & Gina Sala
Mahadub, Deva Premal & Miten
Dhan Dhan, Dev Suroop Kaur & Liv Singh
Tvameva, Pranidhi Varshney
Love Belongs to Everyone / Gayatri, David Newman
Ad Gurey Nameh, Seda Bagcan
Saraswati Ma, Benjy Wertheimer & John de Kadt
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i’ll be leaving town tonight to spend the christmas holiday with my family in the philippines. since i won’t have time to run to the studio for the usual interview-centric show, i decided to produce an all-music show that’ll feature the albums that were released this year.
it was quite the experience having to assemble all the music for today’s show — from sifting through my growing collection of kirtan CDs to find all those with 2012 release dates (try reading fine print in dim light in the middle of the night!), to scouring my laptop directories to find digital downloads of even more albums, to listening to the music contained in all the albums to pick out a small selection to fit in an hour and a half timeslot, then finally arranging them in a logical sequence so that the mood wasn’t bouncing all over the place… i have to admit that interviewing complete strangers is sooo much easier!
what i’ve included in the podcast is representative of 2012’s crop of sacred music, mainly focusing on sanskrit mantras and kundalini chants. you’ll find a variety of musical styles, from a somewhat traditional form of kirtan to a more contemporary style that’s accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice of chanting the names of the divine. while putting this together, i found myself leaning towards the lesser-known musicians who have all the talent but not as much of the buzz as their more well-known counterparts.
some of the songs are mellow and more meditative, while others are upbeat and will hopefully inspire you to get up and move!
at the top of the show, i mentioned that krishna das was recently nominated for a grammy award in the category of new age albums. i found this youtube video of his nominated album, live ananda, and plan to crank it up as soon as i finish writing this…
i have to get back to running errands and packing my bags before i head to the airport, so i’ll get back to this, hopefully, while i’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to depart.
have a happy christmas and a merry new year!