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"All Fall Down" by Shawn Colvin

Back in 1987 Shawn Colvin was a backup singer for Suzanne Vega. Look at her now! All Fall Down is Colvin’s eighth studio album, and her memoir has just been published by William Mo…

"Apollo" by Icebreaker

Imagine life without gravity: weightlessly floating with ease. Images of the earliest astronauts bouncing in slow motion on the moon’s surface and drifting in space exude this feel…

"Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" by Billy Bragg and Wilco

Fifteen years ago Nora Guthrie, the daughter of political folk legend Woody Guthrie, asked British singer Billy Bragg if he’d create music for some of her father’s thousand unrecor…

"Stifters Dinge" by Heiner Goebbels

Soundscape, audio collage, musique concrète, found sound. Those are some of the ways to describe the avant-garde traditions that Heiner Goebbels has drawn upon in his career. …

"Threading the Ether: A Cantata in 9 Movements"

This is soul-nourishing music, leading beyond thought to a contemplative realm in which an acoustic symphony orchestra and instruments from foreign lands blend with and support a h…

8 Songs for Social Change: The Music of Revolution

I came to activism out of a desire to make a difference, but I stayed for the music. I marvel at music’s capacity to open us up, lift us up, and touch us so deeply. And I marvel ev…

A Worcester Ladymass

Trio Mediaeval: Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, VoicesThis trio of perfectly calibrated women’s voices from Oslo sings a reconstruction of a thirteent…

Animal Dreamzzz

Kristen RaceAnyone who has ever suffered a bout of insomnia knows how frustrating it is to try to fall asleep when your mind is not ready; this is true not just for adults but also…

Bach on a Steinway

J.S. Bach Played in a 17th Century StyleJeffrey Biegel, PianistThis past summer, pianist Jeffrey Biegel performed a set of Johann Sebastian Bach’s (1685 – 1750) keyboard works on a…

Beyond

Buddhist and Christian PrayersTina Turner, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula CurtiThe hauntingly beautiful opening “Alleluia” gives way to a Buddhist chant, then blends the spirit of t…

Bossa Nova Around the World

Various International ArtistsPutumayo World MusicThe sultry bossa nova (remember “The Girl from Ipanema”?) developed in Brazil in the mid-1950s and is an evolution of samba. More c…

Dancing Into Silence

R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman“The sound, the sine wave pattern of the instrument itself, will move people on different levels,” says Native American flute master …

Eckhart Tolle's "Music for Inner Stillness"

Music has always been a way to get in touch with emotion, nature, and inner stillness. And who better to choose a compilation of songs to promote relaxed presence than Eckhart Toll…

Emerging Artist: Alisha Zalkin

The music business in Los Angeles is not known for being easy. Alisha Zalkin, a twenty-six year old emerging singer/songwriter now based in the City of Angels, has discovered some…

Expanding Horizons

by Atmic VisionThe three musicians who comprise Atmic Vision have created an exotic fusion of Indian and American styles that is accessible and mesmerizing. Their Indian bamboo flu…

Film Review: Landfill Harmonic

Landfill HarmonicGraham Townsley and Brad AllgoodMeetai FilmsThe Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a group of young Paraguayan musicians who play instruments created out of items foun…

Follow Your (Coconut) Bliss

Is it selling out if your sponsors are organic, free-trade, and vegan?

Forty Years of Healing Music

... And the Grammy that almost was

Guitars Without Borders: A Night at a House Concert

I’m reclining on a couch with large, cushy black pillows. Just relaxing. And listening. Live acoustic guitar music provides a perfect soundtrack for the magical view I have beyond …

How an Exercise Playlist Helps You Live Longer

Perhaps you get your treadmill groove on to “Kiss,” by Prince, or maybe you like Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood or Bruno Mars. Does it really matter what kind of music is playing in you…

Inside the Great Pyramid

by Paul HornWith the rerelease of this moving and graceful album, a whole new generation of listeners is introduced to the mystical and acoustically astounding recording made by ja…

Is Music a Human Trait?

When toddlers hear music with a strong beat, they can’t help it—they just have to dance. Their little diapered bottoms start bouncing up and down; their faces break out in a smile.…

KAYA: Born Under the Star of Change

Kaya, the name the artist uses as an acclaimed spiritual writer, was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1968 and given the name Francis Martin Lavergne. His illustrious musical career be…

Let the Spirit Move You

Listening to music may be the ultimate mood enhancer. For an extra kick, sing along and even dance.

Life Is Enhanced by the Right Sound Track

In a research project at the University of London, volunteers were asked to listen to 15-second snippets of music before judging the emotional content of faces. The results were re…

Liquid Bells

Singing BowlsDamien RoseThe sound of Tibetan singing bowls might be described as complex purity. Within the sound that is heard when the bowl is struck, there exists the “anahat na…

Love Never Comes Too Late

VinxDreamsiclePrimal Pop. That’s the way Vinx  De’Jon Parrette describes his music. Best known simply as Vinx, he combines a smooth, romantic vocal style of yesteryear with a …

Making Music That Heals

Creating music that taps deeply into our consciousness, composer and performer Barry Goldstein is helping people cope with everything from Parkinson’s disease to depression.

Milos Mediterraneo

Miloš Karadaglic, GuitaristTwenty-seven-year-old Miloš Karadaglic has a goal: to return the guitar to its rightful place as a concert instrument, and after having heard him play, i…

Music for Social Change

Margaret Mead once said, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” These artists represent a personal and political co…

Music Review: Before This World

Before This World James TaylorConcord RecordsJames Taylor’s first studio album of new material in 13 years hearkens back to his 1997 release Hourglass. Like that album, Before This…

Music Review: Rising Appalachia

Rising AppalachiaWider CirclesRISING APPALACHIAA few years ago a friend emailed me the music video for Sunu by Rising Appalachia. The simple and earthy song had a playful feeling a…

Music Review: The Fourth Light

The Fourth LightNiyazSIX DEGREE RECORDSLed by vocalist Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist Loga R. Torkian, the Iranian-American group Niyaz crafts an exquisite braid of traditional…

Music Review: The Spirit of Healing

The Spirit of HealingShamanic Journey Musicby Sandra Ingerman & Byron MetcalfSounds TrueThere’s a lot to be said for music that’s grounded in rhythmic repetition and smooth, or…

Music’s Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

An excerpt from Body Intelligence by Joseph Cardillo

Musician Profile: Donna De Lory

Donna De Lory’s new album The Unchanging brings attention to the sacred and eternal part of our selves. As can be typical of the mystery of spiritual growth, De Lory came to this u…

Philip Glass Gets Schooled

It’s a great time to be a Philip Glass fan—last year was the composer’s 75th birthday, and special performances were held worldwide. The Philip Glass ensemble performed Glass’s sco…

Pilgrimage to India with MC Yogi

Bhakti-hop innovator MC Yogi travels to India for an unwitting spiritual chiropractic adjustment—and artistic inspiration for his newest musical offering.

Playing An Instrument Might Help You Age Better

Being a longtime musician aids in reaction times.

Reiki River

Reiki RiverNiallParadise MusicNiall (a Celtic name meaning “champion”) was born in Luton, England, and began his study of music at the age of seven, first with the recorder and tru…

Reiki Sleep

Reiki Music for Blissful SleepBy LlewellynDesigned for Reiki practitioners or anyone who is using Reiki for oneself or others, this subtle, relaxing music begins with a brief intro…

Relax with Binaural Beats

Product of the Week: Total Relaxation with Hemi-Sync

Reviews: January/February 2011

Books, Music & Film Reviews by Kristine MorrisBOOKS- Meditation for the Love of ItEnjoying Your Own Deepest Experienceby Sally Kempton / Sounds True - Son of a Farmer, Chi…

Reviews: July/August 2011

Books, Music & Film Reviews by Kristine MorrisBOOKS- The Self-Compassion DietA Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindnessby Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW / Sounds Tr…

Reviews: March/April 2011

Books, Music & Film Reviews by Kristine MorrisBOOKS- Rebel BuddhaOn the Road to Freedomby Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche / Shambhala Publications - The Shaman SpeaksHow to Use t…

Reviews: May/June 2011

Books, Music & Film Reviews by Kristine MorrisBOOKS- One-Moment MeditationStillness for People on the Goby Martin Boroson / Winter Road Publishing - Praying for StrangersA…

Reviews: September/October 2011

Books, Music & Film Reviews by Kristine MorrisBOOKS- Spirit JunkieA Radical Road to Self-Love and Miraclesby Gabrielle Bernstein / Harmony Books - When Religion Becom…

Sacred Alchemy

13 Songs to Bring the Goddess Alive in Your LifeDevaa HaleyDevaa Haley’s intent with this album is to lead the listener into an experience of the sacred feminine that lives within …

Sound, Silence, and John Cage: Four Musical and Spiritual Ideals to Live By

I’m sitting cross-legged on a downtown sidewalk. My five year-old son is in my lap and for 10 minutes the little guy is completely focused and very still; we’re watching and listen…

That Music You Hate Constricts Your Heart

hen study participants at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore listened to music that brought them a sense a joy, the inner lining of their blood vessels bega…

The Grace of the Green Leaf

Body Chants & GroovesLis AddisonIf this album by singer, composer, and dancer Lis Addison doesn’t get you moving and having fun doing it, then you’d better check your pulse! Wh…

The Great Symphony of Life

By Shevaun Rafferty You are touched by music and sounds in more ways than you may ever know. In the scientific study of cymatics, both simple sounds and complex pieces of music ca…

The Lyric Mind

Stephen Sondheim and Steven Pinker talk about music and language at the Rubin Museum of Art

The Soundtrack of Healing

Outside the main entrance to the 80-acre campus of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, the air is filled with the sweet serenade of chirping bobwhites and…

Tony Bennett's Humanity

Manager Danny Bennett sings his famous father's praises.

Transformative Travel: Following the Sheep

It is odd for someone who is city bred and lactose intolerant to be fascinated by a pastoral tradition that involves mountains, animals, milk, yogurt, and cheese, but there you hav…

Weave a Culture of Belonging

Decades ago, I spent a year exploring spiritually rich, off-the-beaten-path adventures in search of the sacred in India, Bali, Nepal, and Tibet. These cultures that changed me fore…

When Words Fade

 When Words FadeAnderson & Roe, Piano DuoSteinway & Sons - ArkivMusik.comWith repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to “avant-rock,” Elizabeth Joy Roe and Greg Ander…

Why “The Star-Spangled Banner” Makes Sports More Violent

Over the last decade, one of the most fascinating areas of research in psychological science has been the study of “priming” behavior. Social scientists found, for example, that a …

Why We Love Music

Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.

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