As a serious music collector, I thought it would be interesting (and helpful) to find out what kind of music we are listening to in our healings and ceremony work and to share it with each other.
If you would like to add any recommendations, just place a review here (scroll down to bottom of page- click on "Write Review") with the artist's name and cd title and a few words about why you like it. I hope this is helpful for those who may not know what kind of music fits where, and to increase all of our musical interests and horizons!
Some of my favorite songs (Artist- Album Name- Song Title):
Tulku- A Universe To Come- I Am (Featuring Bernard Pomerance) (Inspiring and Thought Provoking)
Paul Russill- Shakti Yoga- Om Namah Shivaaya (Use for Chanting and Dancing)
Deuter- Empty Sky- Under The Pear Tree (Light and Airy)
R. Carlos Nakai- "Fourth World" FOURTH WORLD was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album. With millions of album sales, multiple gold records, and several Grammy Award nominations to his credit, R. Carlos Nakai has single-handedly revived the art of the Native American flute. While drawing deeply upon his Navajo-Ute heritage, Nakai simultaneously embraces other forms, frequently performing alongside Western classical, jazz, and world musicians. Recorded nearly 20 years after his debut album, FOURTH WORLD finds Nakai competently backed by the Canyon Symphony, whose size belies the gentle cushion of sound it produces. Particularly on "Whippoorwill," flute and orchestra integrate beautifully, in this instance perfectly evoking the movement of a bird.
R. Carlos Nakai- "Enter Tribal" Enter Tribal features a variety of artists performing 11 songs that synthesize tribal drumming, flutes, and singing with electronica beats and flourishes. Some of the featured performers include R. Carlos Nakai, Cliff Sarde, Jay Begaye, Robert Tree Cody, Delphine Tsinajinnie, William Horncloud, and Verdell Primeaux.
Anugama- "Tantra" The teachings of Tantra suggest that everything on earth is infused with spirit, and God is in the details. Anugama certainly plays music like it's a sacred act. In addition to creating blissful sounds with flute and keyboards, he also employs a variety of audio techniques to evoke heaven on earth. His "Brainwave Sync" technology uses a frequency that oscillates from the left speaker to the right speaker, slowing brainwave activity. Computer-generated overtones are said to "nourish the brain." Sounds from nature, human heartbeats, and vocal chants produce a nurturing and calming effect. "Planet Sound Induction" replicates the frequency generated by the earth's rotation, thus putting the listener in synch with the planet and cosmos.
Constance Demby- "Spirit Trance" Constance Demby is known as a musician who gives voice to spaceships and stargates, but on SPIRIT TRANCE, she returns to earth with a grounded and deeply felt collection of film music and rare re-mixes. After being nominated for the New Age Grammy with NOVUS MAGNIFICAT, Demby became known for her celestial harmonies and her ability to turn sound effects into real, evocative music. Her talent for giving life to unique sounds is evident on the albums stand-out track, "Ocean of Life", where underwater echoes convey the enormity of the sea, while short, high notes vibrate like schools of fish moving though the dark. "Legend" is a grand, sweeping piece that was written for an unreleased film about James Dean. On this track, Demby gives a sonic portrait with all the pathos you would expect from a 500-page tome on the actor. The earthbound tone of this album may surprise some of her fans, but careful listening reveals the artist's signature style. Symphonic and spiritual, TRANCE speaks to the soul and transports the listener to new realms without leaving the planet.
James Asher- "Shaman Drums" High Energy Drums. SHAMAN DRUMS is a best-of collection that showcases percussionist/keyboardist James Asher's most rapturous moments. From his acclaimed FEET IN THE SOIL album come "Send in the Drums" and "Red Rhythm Dragon," featuring Aboriginal drumming with didgeridoo drones. Complex Gambian percussion lights up "Tantango," from the same album. The bewitching "Temple Gates," from TIGERS OF THE RAJ, succeeds at fusing classical Indian drumming and bansuri flutes with a trancey modern sound. Most exciting here is the previously released "Amma," an exhilarating collage of techno-tribal beats, strenuous percussion by popular Indian drummer Sivamani, and radiant female vocals. If you've missed Asher's previous work, this is the place to start.
Shaman’s Dream- "Prana Pulse" The entire CD is GREAT! Music for Yoga, Love, And Ecstatic Dance by Shamans Dream.
Peter Kater- "Essence" 75 minutes of pure bliss. Prepare for your heart to be healed and your faith restored by this spiritual piano player- (but definitely not all piano music). Slow and soothing, like having warm honey poured on your heart.
Steve Roach- "Cavern of Sirens" Tribal electronic gurus Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana are obviously haunted by the primordial demons of ages past. It seems the only way to exorcise those demons is by these rites, composed including whirling dervishes of percussion, synthesizers grounded in digital dirt, and the breaking down of barriers between earthly and electronic worlds. Splendidly actualizing this concept is the 15-minute ritual music of "Hidden Earth and the Shadows Dance," as Roach holds sway with a battery of shakers and digidrums and Obmana embraces dark, solemn silicon dreams. The duo then plunges deep into the nether regions of "Middle World Passage," an epic adventure of strange, rattling noises, pulsating drums, and vast synth textures. Make no prehistoric bones about it--the soundscapes of CAVERN OF SIRENS are perfect to get lost in.
Shpongle- "Tales of the Inexpressible" With Tales of the Inexpressible, Simon Posford and Raja Ram widened their Eastern-influenced ambient sound to incorporate stronger samples and a wry, complex production psychology. The effect was a lot like the Orb's "Earth (Gaia)" or the work of Future Sound of London recorded with Cydonia's Aki Omori, encouraging dub and cartoon effects to make nests inside a slick environmental vibe. Highlight "A New Way to Say 'Hooray!'" was complicated downtempo without resorting to jazz, and Raja Ram's flute work was everywhere, liquid-like and frequently impressive.
Byron Metcalf- "Nada Terma" (I just purchased this 2008 release by this master drummer and it is truly GREAT! Metcalf was trained in breathwork by Stanislov Grof and this cd is geared towards healing work. It also features Steve Roach. You HAVE to add this to your collection! A very intense continuous flow of 7 parts- one of the best.)
Byron Metcalf- "Helpers, Guides & Allies" (An energetic mix- good for end of healing- celebration time!)
David and Steve Gordon- “Sacred Spirit Drums” (Great drumming with nature sounds)
Steve Roach- "Kiva" (Deep in healing music- very introspective. I suggest getting a variety of Roach's cds and making your own mix(s) He has some mind blowing cds- you'll want to listen to several.
Robert Rich- "Yearning" (Eastern sound- good for introspection)
Riley Lee- "Sanctuary: Music From A Zen Garden” (Inspirational- great for coming on)
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