“Exquisite! I’m hooked!” J.D.
These Yoga /Meditation /Healing mantras, set to original melodies and sung by Megan Chaskey, feature Grammy Award-winning cellist, David Darling, whose style ranges from lyrical to jazzy (Brazilian, African influence) with Irish harp, guitar, piano, percussion and beautiful vocal harmonies by master musicians.
These mantras are medicine for the soul, the mind, the heart and the body. The album begins with the first track as an invocation to the Divine spark within, with Irish harp supporting the lyrical vocals.
The 2nd track (AARDAS BAHEE) sings of hope and prayers answered and the 4th track (AAPA SAHAEE HOA) clears negative energy and raises your consciousness to the experience of the “thousand-petal lotus” opening at the crown chakra. These two 12 minute meditation-long tracks are bridged by an exalting cello interlude.
From here, for the next four tracks, the masterful, jazzy sound of Darling on cello, plucked, strummed and bowed, at times like a jazz acoustic bass, along with superlative percussion by Mike Guglielmo, drive each mantra into dance rhythms.
HARAY GURAY, track 5, activates your creative spark, and by nourishing it, magnetizes abundance and Divine help and in this way helps you connect to your highest potential.
AJAI ALAI, track 6, of meditation length at 10-plus minutes, dispels depression, anger and sadness. It is said that if these emotions come over you, and you can find the space to repeat these syllables even once through, the cloud will begin to lift.
HAR(A), track 7, takes you to all-out dance-your-spirit music, as it transforms challenges into opportunities. How? It realigns your creative power center, your hara with the Divine center, the Source of all life force, to allow you to manifest the resources to co-create the life you were born to live.
WAHE GURU, track 8, means “the path from darkness to light” and works a wonderful counter-rhythm between the mantra vocals and the music.
Track 9 is a jazz ballad version of the HARAY GURAY mantra (as in track 5) but mellow, with piano, cello and smooth percussion.
And track 10, SAT NAM, excellent for deep relaxation, closes the album with vocal layering of Megan’s voice as in the style of Gregorian chant, to lift you on the wings of Naam to the higher realms.
All through these tracks the masterful arranging by Scott Petito gives the most exquisite experience of the power of music. Listen as well for his bass lines, his guitar work and his piano.
MEGAN CHASKEY: poet, musician, Naam Yoga Therapies teacher, spiritual coach, Harmonyum Healing practitioner. Megan’s other CDs include: Light of Naam (featuring David Darling) 2012, Golden Bowl of Naam, 2008 and Surrounded by Naam, 2008.
DAVID DARLING on cello: Darling’s album, “Prayer for Compassion” (David Darling and Mickey Houlihan) was awarded the Grammy for Best New Age Album of 2010. Darling has produced numerous solo and small ensemble albums as well as collaborative works in performance and film.
MIKE GUGLIELMO on percussion: Mike went to Molloy College for a degree in Music Therapy. Presently, he is a board-certified Music Therapist serving children in special education public school settings.
SCOTT PETITO on guitar, bass, piano, percussion: Award-winning composer, producer and engineer, and gifted bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Scott studied composition and arranging at Berklee College of Music. Scott’s ambient solo bass record, “Sbass Music” debuted at the top of the NAV Charts.