East + West

The only thing that I really really miss about my Christian upbringing is the music (my dad played it constantly at home).

So I was really really happy to have found this:

All the things I like about Hindu devotional music (and Indian music in general), plus some beautiful polyphonic harmony thrown in! Just enough of each, combined in such a way that it makes a new and lovely thing.

(I realize that if I miss “churchy” old music, then I can just listen to it, but I like when the words and the music both mean something to me.)

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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10 Responses to East + West

  1. surya says:

    Namaste AH
    Good one indeed. Let me contribute some here.

    Both above are Gayatri Mantras. GM is easily the most important & ancient mantra for hindus, straight from RigVeda- Gayatri Mantra translations are found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayatri_Mantra

    Some more music that might interest you:
    (please google deva premal, this german hindu woman mesmerized me)

    I know translations would help follow the lyrics. I must say sometimes I don’t even understand our tunes here in US but still just I do enjoy listening to the melodious voice and beautiful instruments that serve a treat for one and all. There are many more but as I said no point posting without English scripts.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Thanks for these suggestions! Deva Premal was mentioned in the Ram Dass documentary I watched, but I hadn’t had a chance to listen until now. You’re right – she’s totally mesmerizing.

      I learned the Gayatri mantra a while ago, since it’s a relatively short mantra to memorize. I usually recite it in the morning before I go to work, as a way to dedicate my day to Bramha. I love all versions of it, even the cheesy ones.

      As for the translations, often I’ll listen to devotional music just to listen. I don’t remember where I read this, but one of the things i read said that the recitation of the mantras is as important as what they say. Since I haven’t memorized most of them, I figure playing music is a good middle step – it lets me focus on the mantras without being worried that I’ll mispronounce or forget something. I imagine I’ll learn more, though. Thanks for these recommendations. They give me a good idea of where to go next (and I’m always open to music suggestions)!

      • surya says:

        i just listen to the prayers. No I dont recite in chorus with the singer. It may be more enthralling to recite so, i think, may be im lazy….surya

      • HappyGoth says:

        Actually, it’s kind of comforting to hear that! I thought i was lazy for not memorizing more mantras, but perhaps I’m merely “normal.” Hooray for doing things all different kinds of ways.

  2. mg says:

    I think the singer is Uma Mohan. She has done a lot of music in this style-using western style harmony etc. If you do a search for her you’ll find plenty more.

  3. Sarojini says:

    I love devotional music, of any kind! Though I try to find music that strays from traditional. xD
    I love Kula Shaker. 😛 And MC Yogi, he’s alot of fun.

  4. Sarojini says:

    Nooo, my link didn’t work!

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