'Falling Awake', Kirtana's latest CD, has just been released. As is the case with her other CDs, 'Falling Awake' could be described as 'Music for Awakening' or 'Contemporary Sacred'. In Kirtana's own words, the best description for both her music and her purpose in sharing it is to "celebrate divine love and the truth of who we are."
Here is a review from Steve Ryals:
"Whenever I hear Kirtana sing, I feel as though a warm, jasmine-scented spring wind had begun blowing through my heart. I am so grateful to have been listening to and reviewing her music for nearly 13 years. Each time Kirtana brings out a new album, I am amazed, thinking that she has, once again, jumped straight into the heart of God. Now, with the release of Falling Awake, once again I am delighted to say that Kirtana has created her very best work yet (and that's saying something, given the extraordinary body of work she already has). The music is gorgeous, and her lyrics are transcendently heart-opening. What a gift Kirtana is to this world.
For those of you who have yet to experience the sublime grace of Kirtana's music, let me just say that she is a singer-songwriter of vast spiritual depth. Her voice has the ability to open and caress the most broken of hearts. She plays the guitar and ukulele with unobtrusive excellence, writing songs that delight on every level. Her compositions are filled with such love that I find myself transported, again and again, into a light-filled arena where there is only peace. The musicians who accompany Kirtana play piano, cello, violin, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion and some backing vocals with an exquisite artistry that serves to showcase the brilliant jewels of Falling Awake.
Though every single track on Falling Awake is well worth your undivided attention, I want to mention a couple of the songs in particular. "Home" is an honoring song, appreciating those who, in spite of having gone through times of great trauma, are able to shine from their core of unconditional love. Bruce Roscoe's violin especially touches my heart, as it does on "A Peaceful World," perhaps my favorite Kirtana song to date. Her clear-eyed look at the world as it is, with all its suffering and chaos, brings tears every time I hear it. For those wanting devotional music at its most sacred, be sure to treat your heart soon to Falling Awake."
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