Compassion showcases Sacred Healing Sounds
Compassion is the fourth and latest New Age/Classical crossover album by Sangeeta Kaur. With a background as a trained opera singer, Kundalini yogini, songwriter, and producer, this multi-talented Vietnamese American artist co-created her latest offering with musician, composer, and producer, Nicolas Neidhardt, to impressive results. Combining sacred chants, uplifting English songs, and vocalizations set to soothing instrumentation, listening to Compassion is the perfect prescription to help heal a multitude of the world’s current ails for yourself, each other, and all sentient beings.
Music on Compassion by Sangeeta Kaur
Sangeeta Kaur worked with the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, the Hungarian Studio Choir, Sterling Ensemble, as well as Duy Tran and Danaë Vlasse, who contribute choral compositions. The result is angelic music that’s nourishment for the soul. Kaur and Neidhardt’s production is flawless, ranging from grandly cinematic to dreamily intimate. Sangeeta’s vocals shine with elegant purity, simultaneously conveying a heartfelt vulnerability. Choir vocals are skillfully added throughout, creating awe-inspiring sacredness that left me feeling a sense of holy wonder.
“Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha,” a Tibetan Buddhist chant of compassion to honor the bodhisattva, Green Tara, is the perfect opening song. The other Tibetan Buddhist song included on Compassion is, “Om Vajra Sattva Hum.” This mantra of the bodhisattva, Vajrasattva, purifies the mind, body, and speech, opening connection—One Mind—to all the Buddhas.
“Rise Up” and “Song of Compassion” offer gentle inspiration and hope with lyrics in English. “Transcendence” and “Voices and Crystals” are perfect for savasana and relaxation with their ethereal vocals and sublime musical accompaniment.
“We Are One,” a song of vocalizations set to orchestral music, invokes a sense of the collective gathering together in unity as the vocalizations build in sync with the swell of the orchestra in a grand fashion.
“May the Long Time Sun,” the standard closing song sung by all at any Kundalini Yoga class, is sweet and sublime with Sangeeta and Nicolas’s unique arrangement of Mike Heron’s original song.
“Transcendence” and “Sa Re Sa Sa” are my two picks for standout tracks. “Transcendence” has a lullaby vibe that could tame even the fiercest emotional tigers which can arise in so many of us during stressful times. “Sa Re Sa Sa,” is a Kundalini yoga mantra to remove negativity and obstacles. It thus clears the way for creativity, peace, and higher consciousness is absolutely divine. Compassion closes with “Voices of Compassion,” a satisfying choral medley of highlights from the album.
Sangeeta shares the following. “My soul has a commitment to infuse the dharma and ancient wisdom into everything I do. The songs must serve a true purpose, and for anyone being challenged in these times, I am committed to sharing music that uplifts and inspires the soul.”
Compassion will open your heart, soften the rough edges within, and provide a pathway to find your inner peace.
Reviewed by Leanne Wood; Yoga Music Aficionada at Bliss Bubble Radio and Bliss-Chasing Blogger at www.BlissBubble.com. Prior to this, Leanne was the founding manager of the mantra rock band, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, the founder and director of the non-profit project The Shakti Tribe Foundation which offered empowering peace concert programs in jails, prison and halfway houses and was the co-founder of the ground-breaking “Yoga for your Ears” internet radio station Sacred Sounds Radio. She is currently working on her Eat, Pray, Love meets Almost Famous memoir, which chronicles her often surreal life on the road with a yoga band on the rise and the lessons learned in the bargain.