On January 4, 1975, I recorded my first album, now known as Chakra Suite. On this 40th anniversary, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the “Quiet Revolution” in contemporary instrumental/healing music that this recording helped give birth to. It feels appropriate to expand upon the acceptance speech I would have given had I won the 2012 Grammy for Best New Age Album.
It is indeed an honor to stand here before you to receive this year’s award for my meditative album, Deep Alpha. This award signifies a breakthrough in our industry, which traditionally hasn’t valued the healing power of instrumental music. This is a tradition that goes back thousands of years, long before “recorded history.”
Some would say that Deep Alpha is the first truly meditative and healing album to win a Grammy. Historically, most winners have not been openly concerned with the therapeutic effect of new combinations of tone, sound, and silence. Just last year, the award went to an album of cover versions of classic pop tunes like “What’s It All About, Alfie?”
I would suggest to you that this year, what it’s a …