Wah! | Hidden in the Name

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Hidden in the Name

by Wah!

Great grooves and percussion back awesome vocals singing mantras to Shiva, Ram, Krishna, and the Goddess.
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. Om Jaya Ganapataye
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18:48 album only
2. Hare Ram
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14:57 album only
3. Radhe Bhaj
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7:38 album only
4. Dub
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5:28 album only
5. Om Namo Bhagavate
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18:16 album only
6. Ambe Mata
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17:09 album only
7. Jai Ma
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8. Kainchi Hare Krishna
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13:19 album only
9. Radhe!
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10. Come to Me
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11. Om Namah Shivaya
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hidden in the Name was the most challenging CD I have ever made. Created in the middle of a busy touring schedule, the CD was tracked, mixed and mastered within 3 months time. For 15 months straight, I had been on the road with Krishna Das, playing violin and bass for him. December was the month we were taking off, to rest and regroup. I wanted to go in the studio and record some of the tunes I had been hearing in my head while I had been on tour.

I called Girish (the tabla player) and asked him if he wanted to record some tunes. He agreed and we set a date for Thanksgiving weekend. My plan was to record the tabla and harmonium tracks first to establish the basic feel, and then overdub all the other tracks at a later time. Thanksgiving came around, and Girish said he couldn't make the session. His girlfriend was about to go into labor, and he wanted to be there for the birth of his child. That seemed reasonable. But, the days passed, and there still was no baby girl. Days turned into weeks, and she ended up being delivered over 2 weeks late. By the time we entered the studio, we only had a day or two to record. It was almost January, and my schedule with Krishna Das was about to resume with production of his new CD, Breath of the Heart.

The length of the songs was also questionable. If I let the chants go their full length (live versions), we would end up with only 4 songs on the CD. I decided to shorten the chants. We recorded Radhe Bhaj first, and I was able to keep it down to 5 minutes. Then we recorded Hare Ram Sita Ram and I just couldn't keep the standard. The song came in at over 15 minutes! It had a great vibe, but what to do? I just wanted to offer the chants as they were, to capture the energy of devotion which rested inside the music. I wanted to surrender to the chant, and play it however it wanted to come forth. After the 3rd song, I knew I was committed to a double CD (a risky idea according to record labels & distributors - too hard to sell). But I went ahead anyway. By the end of the day, I was about 15 minutes short of having enough music to fill two CDs. I had another half composed idea in my head, and so Radha Ramana Hari came forth. Recording these songs by composing them on the spot was a terrifying mix of devotion, skill, and "letting go."

Even though the CD was created in the midst of a heavy touring schedule and didn't boast the best production, it did carry a great deal of the devotional energy I was immersed in while touring.

Om Shanti, wah! more at... www.wahmusic.com

Editorial Reviews

Portland Kirtan Network/www.kirtanportland.com Everything about Wah!, and this CD, is unique: female bass player who loves reggae beats and sax rifs, and writes and sings very beautiful and moving devotional chants. It is Western music no doubt, but at its heart is the soul of bhakti mood and purpose, and the vocals and words are straight ahead, sing along chanting. This two CD set is a bargain at $22 and, if you read Wah's web site you will see how hard she works at being a performing musician as well as crafting well produced American style CD's. This is a musician's kirtan CD. July 2004

Green Man Review/Portland, ME
On Hidden in the Name, Wah! smartly invokes a more jam-based atmosphere. Good mid-tempo disc for whatever reason -- yoga, housework, sex, mushrooms.... 11/16/01

Fan Reviews

Yelena Sakalova/USA Dear Sister, I can't stop listening to you sing the chant to Ganapati. I knew instantly that your singing comes from a powerful connection to God and was so happy to receive your CD's. Thank you, thank you! Aum Ganesha, Aum Shanti!! 9/8/02


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Karen Rossi

This is very inspiring to awaken the higher consciousness in the listener.
This music and the way the srtist expresses it is very uplifting for the evolving consciousness.

Ann

Hypnotically full of light
I bought the CD because of the chant Jai ma, which I had heard in yoga class & had left me feeling full of light. I still like that chant best but the others are great too and I am recommending the CD to my friends.

Beverly Winfield

Wonderful CD, music is upliting and hearing it makes me happy!
Wah! Hidden in the Name is a great CD - I love chants, and this CD delivers them in style, with grace and beauty! My friend saw WAH perform in Moorestown, NJ and recommended the CD, what a great find. My hats off to everyone involved, the music is uplifting, inspiring, and makes you feel good, what more can you ask for!

Bett Holmes

Hidden in the Name
Absolutely connects me with my peace within. Thankyou!

JO


A beautiful CD with some very skillful and artistic interpretations of ancient chants - Wah's voice is haunting and soulful and her devotion shines through the music. Truly lovely!!

Yashani

Breath taking
I absolutly loved this CD its the 3rd in my collection and it just keeps getting better. I listen to it during my morning meditation, in the car when I'm driving, at work, and during my evening meditation. I can't get enough.

Jo

This CD is "my coffee"; it helps pep me up.
I've played this CD over and over, and unlike any other CD I've had....it doesn't "get old" for me. I still hear it like it's a new CD. Certain songs on this CD just spark me up....and vuala....I'm reminded that I have happiness inside of me.

Deb Helwig

Hidden in the Name
Awesome! Very centering/calming, but also with some danceable songs. The first day I played it, my kids just sat quietly nearby playing peacefully with each other for about 45 minutes. Love it!!!

Lauren

this CD makes everything better
Hidden in the Name is addictive, soulful, transcendent. Playing these hypnotic chants over and over was the only way to calm my newborn daughter in her first months. Wah's voice and her arrangements of these entrancing songs make everything better. I highly recommend it to enhance your yoga practice and your (and your baby's!) life.

Jenny


Love it! I first heard it in yoga class, but I listen to it at work to battle stress.
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