This was the review the host sent me this morning…
“Personally, I loved the whole thing…your concert was perfect…meaningful, rich and deep…C.”
On “Spirits in the Silence,” I found the sequence of the 14 tracks to be as strong as any that I have heard.” Full Review Here
While it’s fun to recommend lots of pop music for meditation to others and suggest artists to support, what would be optimal to make such music integrated into one’s life routine? Should one be listening to Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, or Dylan 24/7? Or mixing it up with an assortment of eclectic sounds, from Enya-like New Age music to Gregorian chants? What if you don’t have an endless, or even meager budget to be spending on all this music? And what if you want to retain a Western flavor to your meditating, instead of going all the way into lotus position, pursuing the The Path of the Chakras?
Well, the first thing to realize is that ‘music for meditation’ can only be only part of what meditation is, as it is useful to discuss only as a way to perform the act of meditating. The best approach is to structure a schedule so you can call “training sessions,” where you will practice obtaining a state of tranquility as such while using the appropriate music of your choice, from folk rock to protest songs to whatever, to facilitate reaching that state. This will eventually lead you getting better at meditating, as time goes on.
For those lacking the funds, the Internet is your friend. Endless examples of every type of music now available to people through video sharing sites like YouTube. Schedule time to listen to the samples that help you reach a relaxed or tranquil state, and it will provide you the raw materials that will easily help you utilize music for meditation. You may optimize this practice by downloading the videos, using anyone one of many programs available for this purpose. Armed with this downloaded music you will have primary materials needed to settle into a meditative state whenever you need to, without pauses or buffering.
Don’t just restrict yourself to using music for meditation, mix in poetry, visual art, remembering special moments, and similar triggers that will lead you to an internal state of peace. Whatever you do, keep the activity regular, and keep on training, in order to reach the tranquil state faster and deeper. Eventually the meditative state will come naturally, and will not need music or other hooks and make it happen. Even so, music meditation technique almost instantly alleviates the practitioner from stress-related problems, deeply relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the system.
Something about playing of best of classic folk rock music naturally puts one in a hypnotic state, and I don’t mean nostalgia over “where you were” when this what that was when you first heard those protest songs. This look at some of the most famous examples of the genre will show how it can serve as music for meditation:
The Judy Blue Eyes suite by Crosby, Stills, and Nash isn’t Lambert song that always chokes me up inside. It doesn’t just send a person’s memories back to Woodstock (most of whom now weren’t even born when that concert took place). Such is it takes you to an inner place that’s always somewhere between Friday evening and Tuesday morning of the mind, where you can “tell it like it is.” The ability to transport you “deep inside” is the essence of folk rock.
Maggie May by Rod Stewart is the ultimate storyline song about the free spirit latent within us, and it’s rhythms and instrumentation is literally based on some Irish and English folk music. In some ways folk rock is simply traditional British European folk music enhanced by some power sound (vocals, electric instruments) to give it an active rather than passive tone. The foundation of it is nonetheless meditative and reflective.
Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan is also a song that floats along much like Maggie May, and goes almost the end of what the genre can do before it turns into the blues (a non-meditative type sound). The difference, again, is reflection, as clean or electrified folk music gives the impression that a whole generation is singing a song, not just one person. Songs that make you think, and along ‘free spirit’ lines are meditative and spiritual in their impact and affect.
California Dreaming by the Mamas and the Papas is the closest thing to a secular apocalypse type song as exists in folk rock, in the soundscape it creates about California in winter. I have thought sometimes they might as well be singing about Judgment Day or the rapture, as only a few lyrical tweaks could turn it into a sermon. The song title gives away that this is a California that exists in the mind, and that state of mind is inspired to seek peace by its dark yet breezy tone.
The Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel, especially when performed by the duo live, without the heavy instrumentation that exists on the single, is an amazing piece of chamber music that somehow made it into the top 40. The stillness invites the soul to partake in examining injustice and hypocrisy, and invites the listener to purge those two things from their own soul first, even as it references outside world issues in order to do so. It is the best of folk rock, and (in the higher sense) new age music at its finest.
Music therapist Anna Driscoll, from Music Therapy in Motion, states “Music truly is the universal language. Whether or not we have the ability to communicate in the first place, music has the ability to bridge the gap. Music is able to express feelings we can’t ourselves.” New Age music particularly helps because of its ability to still the soul and bring the mind to a place more receptive peace and liberty. Millions have experienced that from listening to certain songs from a variety of genres, from folk rock to reggae, protest songs and other music for meditation.
The use of spiritual music of this type is growing more and more material dollars to support its use as a therapy. Music therapy organizations are getting more grants to sponsor performances that use the New Age music and similar soundscapes for a wide range of positive therapeutic uses, at venues as wide ranging as hospitals, and retirement homes, juvenile detention centers, nursing homes, halfway houses in prisons. “Music For All Seasons is very proud of its contributions over the past twenty-one years,” Director Brian Dallow states, “as we go about our work of healing through music in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California.”
But hey, what about us challenged regular adults, don’t we need the same kind of healing for what we’ve been through? Well, what we can do is support the music artists who will give us this type of enriching sound, whether it goes under the rubric of New Age music, or other genres. We should financially support music for meditation whether it comes from Van Morrison, Enya or Garko. The private sector can match or exceed government subsidies in promoting deserving artists. It is hoped that this site contributes to adding to that archive of sponsored music that promotes the healing process.
There are several songs on this CD that measure up to the description as therapeutic new age music
2012 marks the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, and recently the Globe and Mail has appropriately discussed his importance in a story titled, “A protest singer for the age of Occupy.” Their point was his music persists in importance, such that Guthrie would be quite a busy man these days were he alive and active: “In America, this is the era of Occupy, the age of income inequality and a season of renewed racial tension. Guthrie, a protest singer who seemed to write on command, would have had his pick of causes and inspirations.” The Nexus between the soothing music for meditation he made, and the peace he advocated for is one of the reasons I love protest songs.
The list of reasons for Guthrie being remembered and re-evoked, says the article, derives from “his ability to celebrate America will simultaneously questioning it.” Many point out protest songs like This Land is Your Land point to a thoughtful patriotism that notices the flaws in the country and asks, as Guthrie does deep into the song, “is this land made for you and me?” Such folk music (much of which would be electrically amplified if originally performed today, and thus be called folk rock) times in very well with recent reform trends such as Occupy Wall St,, and the liberty movement.
Classic protest songs and singers like Guthrie always had the dual gift of making you feel peace and liberation within, while advocating for it without. Some have speculated that most popular music nowadays, by contrast serves the interests of the 1% in distracting people from exploring and acknowledging problems both in the world and within themselves. It’s pretty hard to reach a posture of inner peace, to the sound of staccato rock, rap or dance music booming in the background. Has the recording industry been designed or manipulated to largely frustrate making people think, from a point of view of personal strength gained through reflection, meditation and stillness?
If musicians en masse can be brought back from such misdirecting commercialism to deliver more new protest songs in genres as disparate as folk rock, reggae, rap or new age music, it could be enough to amplify the impact of the above discussed movements to a new quantum level. Labor activist Joe Hill, circa 1915 asserted that “a pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.” With that mental soundtrack playing in the mind of a whole culture, it’ll be much easier to make both political change, and deliver personal development.
On this CD the primary protest songs are LEver9 Rap and the Big Brother Song
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will perform at nearby Vernon Downs later this …Ithaca JournalAreas in which tourism is an industry aren't usually bashful about letting others know about themselves. It was thus no surprise back in 1985 when Lake Ontario communities teamed with the state to do what turned out to be annual “preliminary summarieSee all stories on this topic
Third Bruce Springsteen Symposium set for Monmouth University, Sept. 14-16 – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Third Bruce Springsteen Symposium set for Monmouth University, Sept. 14-16The Star-Ledger – NJ.comFeature presentations will be by Mike Appel, former Springsteen manager and producer; Peter Ames Carlin, the author of the forthcoming book “Bruce”; Nick Mead, director of the Clarence Clemons' documentary, Who Do You Think I Am?”; Robert Santelli,See all stories on this topic
Hot Tours: Roger Waters On Top, Bruce Springsteen On His Tail – Billboard.biz
Hot Tours: Roger Waters On Top, Bruce Springsteen On His TailBillboard.bizRoger Waters, featured in a recent Billboard cover story, closes out his highly successful The Wall Live Tour with a final No. 1 placement on the Hot Tours chart. Ticket sales totals from the tour's final eight North American dates, that wrapped on …See all stories on this topic
Telegraph.co.ukEdinburgh Festival 2012: 'Springsteen's songs contain the secret to life, love …Telegraph.co.ukI am not a comedian – and if you doubt this, come to the show and I will spend an hour proving it – but I am a non-drinking, Springsteen-loving British Pakistani Muslim who has recently turned 40 and become a father to a mixedSee all stories on this topic
Bruce Springsteen's other darkness – Philadelphia Inquirer
Winnipeg Free PressBruce Springsteen's other darknessPhiladelphia InquirerThe profile recounted that in 1982, Springsteen drove from the East Coast to California and then back again. “He was feeling suicidal,” his friend and biographer Dave Marsh is quoted as saying. The New Yorker's David Remnick, who wrote the profile …We are aliveBetteSee all stories on this topic
Via Ta-Nehisi, Hummus, Public Enemy, and Springsteen's 'Nebraska' – The Atlantic
Via Ta-Nehisi, Hummus, Public Enemy, and Springsteen's 'Nebraska'The AtlanticIn a little bit of cross-Voice experimentation, I answered a few questions about Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen, the twin subjects of my most recent Atlantic article, from Ta-Nehisi. He has a way with questions. And with hummus. (Also, he bakes …and morSee all stories on this topic
Guest Post: Google Reclaiming Its YouTube App Is A Win For All, Especially …Billboard.bizThe numbers for independent musicians can be even more staggering. Throughout my company's Network of channels for unsigned and independent musicians, artists may see only a third of their total views being monetized, mostly due to mobile views.See all stories on this topic
Twerking And Indie Rock Finally Come Together – Prefixmag
UproxxTwerking And Indie Rock Finally Come TogetherPrefixmagWhy don't more people twerk to indie rock? That's the question asked by twerking-to-indie.music.tumblr.com, which finally brings the unlikely pair together. Over the past few weeks the Tumblr has been posting twerk videos with the audio replaced with …Twerking To Indie Music Is YSee all stories on this topic
Dustin Kensrue Clarifies The Modern Post's Christian Lyrics – Examiner.com
Examiner.comDustin Kensrue Clarifies The Modern Post's Christian LyricsExaminer.comHe discusses how his music and lyrics have always been for everyone, and seems disappointed that fans and listeners would imply that now that his lyrics are more overtly “Christian,” his music will suffer. … Ann Marie Landry, NY Indie Music Examiner …See all stories on this topic
Ticket NewsBruce Springsteen climbs up Top Events RankingsTicket NewsIn just one week Bruce Springsteen has jumped from number 20 to number 3 on TicketNews' Events Rankings list. This comes as no surprise since July 27 marked the annnouncement of 16 additional stops on his Wrecking Ball tour extending it through …Get up and go, Springsteen isSee all stories on this topic
Cheap Bruce Springsteen Tickets: QueenBeeTickets.com Has Established Itself … – Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Ticket NewsCheap Bruce Springsteen Tickets: QueenBeeTickets.com Has Established Itself …Virtual-Strategy MagazineBruce Springsteen is one of the most popular touring artists in the world. Springsteen routinely plays to sold-out audiences around the globe. During over 40 years in the music business, Springsteen's singing and songwriting have cSee all stories on this topic
I'm like Bruce Springsteen: David Hasselhoff – San Francisco Luxury News
I'm like Bruce Springsteen: David HasselhoffSan Francisco Luxury NewsFormer Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, who also enjoyed a singing career, has likened his music to Bruce Springsteen's. The star's songs were much loved by people in Germany and Austria, where they sold so many copies that he received gold records.and more
Indie Kicks: Rock and Roll Hotel Celebrates Six YearsPatch.comSaturday – The ghosts of D.C. punk rock past have been resurrected for Rock and Roll Hotel's 6th Anniversary Show. History Repeated, the new band from legendary D.C. punk John Stabb, will be headlining the celebration. Local indie rock stars and one of …See all stories on this topic
John Ellis – Rural – Indie Music Reviewer
John Ellis – RuralIndie Music ReviewerSometimes there is more to one's music than there seems. Some bands like to bury messages like they are burying pennies in the sand while others are honestly blunt and to the point. Johnny Cash was a musician who could send a message through his …See all stories on this topic
Thomas Bryan Eaton – Last June (Single) – Indie Music Reviewer
Thomas Bryan Eaton – Last June (Single)Indie Music ReviewerLike the fabric of America which is a blend of different cultures, voices, moods and experiences, Thomas Bryan Eaton manages to consistently pull off a sound that is uniquely American in every way. Americana music can either be a sophomoric mishmash of …See all stories on this topic
Indie music festival back for another yearThe Lacombe GlobeEach year, Alberta's Own Independent Music Festival brings emerging Alberta bands to Lacombe for a weekend of entertainment, but this year local sponsors weren't as easy to get, said festival organizer, Rob Bouvier. “Lacombe's been the toughest, most …See all stories on this topic
The Load-down: Welsh indie-rock – Financial Times
Financial TimesThe Load-down: Welsh indie-rockFinancial TimesToday sees the start of the Green Man Festival in Glanusk Park, Wales. While the location – beautiful though it is, on the edge of the Black Mountains – has never been crucial to the event's musical pedigree (continued this year by headliners Mogwai …See all stories on this topic
I Was Totally Destroying It – Vexations – Indie Music Reviewer
I Was Totally Destroying It – VexationsIndie Music ReviewerIndie Music Reviews – CDs, DVDs, Performances, & MP3 albums. IWTDI. Skip to content … On paper it seems like a solid and “safe” line-up, a pop/rock group that has a male and female vocalist, keys, guitars, bass and drums. However, it's after this is …See all stories on this topic
A Night of Live Music at Tin Angel with Matt DukeIndie Music ReviewerThere is a cardinal rule, according to IMR's editor Victor Alfieri, not to ever write a review in the first person. I'm going to break that rule! Why? Because sometimes a concert is about the experience that a person had and this time it's MY …See all stories on this topic
Kishi Bashi Goes for a Loop of the Ephemeral – PBS (blog)
Kishi Bashi Goes for a Loop of the EphemeralPBS (blog)Kaoru Ishibashi is no newcomer to the music scene. A native of Norfolk, Va., in 2003 he formed New York City indie rock outfit Jupiter One, and as a violinist he's toured the globe with alt-folk act Regina Spektor and experimental rock group of Montreal.and more
Hot Tours: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Jason AldeanBillboard.biz… http://billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/touring/hot-tours-bruce-springsteen-kenny-chesney-1007766352.story. Hot Tours: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean. August 07, 2012 | By Bob Allen. Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is No.See all stories on this topic
The Boss philosophy: Australia treasurer says he's inspired by Springsteen … – In-Forum
The Boss philosophy: Australia treasurer says he's inspired by Springsteen …In-ForumWayne Swan revealed last week that American rock star Bruce Springsteen has long been his political inspiration. He said the New Jersey-born working class hero's music railing against inequality echoed Swan's own public battle against Australian …SwaSee all stories on this topic
I'm like Bruce Springsteen: David Hasselhoff – Hindustan Times
Hindustan TimesI'm like Bruce Springsteen: David HasselhoffHindustan TimesFormer Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, who also enjoyed a singing career, has likened his music to Bruce Springsteen's. The star's songs were much loved by people in Germany and Austria, where they sold so many copies that he received gold records.Hasselhoff: ISee all stories on this topic
BallerStatus.comQ&A: Kottonmouth Kings' Brad X Talks Indie Success, Straying Away From Fads …BallerStatus.comHate em or love em, Southern Cali-bred rock/rap outfit, the Kottonmouth Kings, are legends in the indie music game, who formed in the mid-1990s, not knowing what was ahead. Nearly two decades later, they've built an empire and haveSee all stories on this topic
Vishal Dadlani: "Every composer in bollywood has emerged from indie music" – RadioandMusic.com
Vishal Dadlani: “Every composer in bollywood has emerged from indie music”RadioandMusic.comThe earlier trend revealed how musicians created their own music by being members of indie bands and then slowly shifted base to bollywood music. Many famous artistes including Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan, Pritam and Neeraj Shridhar amongst …See all stories on this topic
Rdio Amps Up To 18M Tracks With New CD Baby And TuneCore Deals – TechCrunch
VentureBeatRdio Amps Up To 18M Tracks With New CD Baby And TuneCore DealsTechCrunchIf part of the game in streaming music is to have the biggest catalog of tracks, then today Rdio made a significant move to turn its volume up to Spotify levels, and gain some street cred with indie fans in the process: it announced two key deals with …Rdio Adds InSee all stories on this topic
CBS LocalSpringsteen sets second show in St. PaulPioneer PressSpringsteen, 62, launched his current tour in March with a 17-member version of the E Street Band. The group has been playing Europe since mid-May, where Springsteen has performed three of the longest shows of his career. Tickets for his Nov. 11 stop …Discount Code for Bruce SpringsteeSee all stories on this topic
Thunder Road in Switzerland Take a right at the light – Las Vegas Sun (blog)
Las Vegas Sun (blog)Thunder Road in Switzerland? Take a right at the light…Las Vegas Sun (blog)Bruce Springsteen's European audience also knows its cues. Over a run of European shows that flew through sets as long as 4 hours, 6 minutes and drove noise curfew police to hard liquor, fans knew when to raise and wave their hands and sing along inSee all stories on this topic
Blogging the Magazine: Bruce Springsteen Edition – The Atlantic (blog)
Blogging the Magazine: Bruce Springsteen EditionThe Atlantic (blog)My “Voices” label-mate and fellow hummus-lover Jeff Goldberg has a piece in the current Atlantic in which he tries to comprehend New Jersey governor Chris Christie's unrequited love for New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. Here's Jeff catches Christie, …and more