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I posted these songs in response to Nicoles thread in the God Pod.
Favourite Spiritual Music
In that thread, I also linked to these three chants.
Trance Tara by Jonathan Goldman
Medicine Buddha by Jonathan Goldman
Hare Krishna by Vaiayasaki Dasa
Thanks for posting these, Mr. Ben. I will listen to some of them. (some of them I already know and they’re great.)
You’re welcome. Which ones do you already know? I was already familiar with these songs, but I decided to pick some versions I hadn’t heard before.
I think I might’ve heard Johnny Cash sing gospel before, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard him sing I’ll fly away. I’m not big into choirs, but as backup singers for Johnny Cash it works out quite well.
BTW the Jerry Garcia video has its embedding disabled. If you just double-click on it, you’ll be brought directly to the video on Youtube. He has a better version of this song on The Pizza Tapes album.
I’ve loved “I don’t know how to love him” since first hearing it in the 60’s or 70’s at our church. In fact, can probably sing you (even though off-key) the whole Jesus Christ Superstar album. Also the Johnny Cash I’ll Fly Away. Maybe some of the others, but will need to click to find out! (but need time to do that…)
Nicole said Dec 21, 2008, 10:39 AM:
Love and light,
Marmalade said Dec 21, 2008, 7:45 PM:
On the other hand, most music that is intended as religious usually doesn’t inpire much of a spiritual sense in me.
Nicole said Dec 21, 2008, 8:00 PM:
Marmalade said Dec 21, 2008, 8:03 PM:
Marmalade said Dec 21, 2008, 11:03 PM:
arpita [no longer around] said Dec 21, 2008, 11:04 PM:
Marmalade said Dec 22, 2008, 12:08 AM:
My favorite version of it comes from a cd titled Kirtan Rasa by Vaiayasaki Dasa. Some of his Hare Krishna chanting can be found in this video. I enjoy his passion.
Nicole said Dec 22, 2008, 10:42 AM:
How about O Brother, Where Art Thou – I’ll Fly Away? (I was listening to the Soggy Bottom Boys version of Constant Sorrow and was led there… though I see you have the Johnny Cash version with the Baptist Catholic Methodist – ? wow! – Choir)
There is something really heart-warming about this music, isn’t there?
Thanks so much!
Marmalade said Dec 22, 2008, 11:41 AM:
I did have in mind the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou. All the songs in that movie are quite lovely. I chose to share the Johnny Cash version because I like his voice. I’d heard he’d done gospel, but I think that might be the first time I heard him sing I’ll Fly Away.
Nicole said Dec 22, 2008, 10:18 AM:
Bogorodice, Djevo, radujsja / Sergej Rahmanjinov
(though my favourite part of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers is the Nunc Dimittis – Nyne Otpushchaeshi – Rachmaninov Vespers)
Bogoróditse Djévo (Arvo Pärt )
The Tara Mantra is very beautiful as well, very moving
Thank you so much! Now, on to Marmalade’s music, this should be fun!
arpita [no longer around] said Dec 22, 2008, 10:58 AM:
Nicole said Dec 22, 2008, 12:41 PM:
nimrod [no longer around] said Dec 22, 2008, 1:51 PM:
They went on to rehearse the next piece for their concert which turned out to be –of all things!–that chestnut of all choruses, the Robert Shaw Chorale setting of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” That’s when the water works erupted. I guess I was a little more homesick that I realized!
Nicole said Dec 23, 2008, 10:22 AM:
I like this video because it shows the translation of the words as they are singing. Best of all, Bryn Terfel is the baritone!
Brahms Requiem – Mvt. 6, part 1
Brahms Requiem – Mvt. 6, part 2
Siehe, ich sage euch ein Geheimnis: Wir werden nicht alle entschlafen, wir werden aber alle verwandelt werden; und dasselbige pltzlich, in einem Augenblick, zu der Zeit der letzten Posaune. Denn es wird die Posaune schallen, und die Toten werden auferstehen unverweslich, und wir werden verwandelt werden. Dann wird erfllet werden das Wort, das geschrieben steht: Der Tod ist verschlungen in den Sieg. Tod, wo ist dein Stachel? Hlle, wo ist dein Sieg?
l. Korinther 15, 51-55.
Herr, du bist wrdig zu nehmen Preis und Ehre und Kraft, denn du hast alle Dinge geschaffen, und durch deinen Willen haben sie das Wesen und sind geschaffen.
Off. Joh. 4,11.
Alluvja said Jan 27, 2009, 2:45 PM:
Mr. said Dec 24, 2008, 1:13 AM:
Marmalade said Dec 24, 2008, 2:08 AM:
Mr. said Dec 25, 2008, 11:42 AM:
I do like some Gospel and Choral music. I like “Oh Happy Day” for Gospel and “The Grapes of Wrath”, Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Amazing Grace” for Choral. I like particular songs more than particular artists. I write music in various genres as well.
It may just be me but I believe that all music is spiritual in nature. It is emotion channeled. Hearing a great song for the first time is akin to a deeply moving religious experience.
Ua said Dec 27, 2008, 11:24 AM:
I wish I could post each of these songs for your pleasure but alas I lack the skills. I know most of these songs are on youtube so please enjoy…….
1) Ben Harper with The Blind Boys of Alabama- Satisfied Mind (actually check out the whole album, There Will Be A Light)
2) Ben Harper- With My Own Two Hands
3) Bob Marley- Misty Morning, Kaya, Rasataman Chant…. OK I might as well just say…. Bob… Nuff said
4) Grateful Dead- Ripple
5) Jimmy Cliff- Many Rivers to Cross
6) Ray Charles & Willie Nelson- A Very Good Year (From the Genius Loves Company album)
7) Down to the River to Pray (Yup, that’s a good one! Oh Brother Where Art Thou truly a great soundtrack. Voices of Angels for sure)
8) Pearl Jam- Insignificance
9) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Eddie Vedder- The Long Road (Please listen to this song! Ali Khan has a voice that is truly inspired and even though I didn’t know what he was saying for the longest time this song moved me to tears and when my grandfather died I must have played this song a hundred times.)
I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do and look foward to playing your selections also.
Nicole said Dec 27, 2008, 5:18 PM:
U2 Pride (in the Name of Love)
Ben Harper – Satisfied mind
Bob Marley Misty Morning
Bob Marley – Kaya
Bob Marley Rastaman Chant
Grateful Dead – Ripple
Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers To Cross
Pearl Jam – Insignificance
Nusrat fateh ali Khan & Eddie Vedder – The Long Road
Love you muchly (especially wonderful to have you back Ua!),
Ua said Dec 29, 2008, 9:06 PM:
Nicole said Dec 30, 2008, 8:11 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 4:57 AM:
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 5:20 AM:
Mantras by Hein Braat is good and very uplifting too
Love and light
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 5:55 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 5:52 AM:
Mirenithil said Jan 26, 2009, 5:40 AM:
Rod Stewart also has songs that make me want to just get up and dance for the joy of living (and that, to me, is spiritual.) Particularly “Rhythm of my Heart”. “Forever Young” is a blessing set to music.
Bach, Vivaldi, and the like also strike me as deeply spiritual, though.
And, yes, got to love “Return to Innocence” by Enigma. Wow, that one’s amazing.
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 5:55 AM:
New Age music is great especially “And So to Dream” by Mike Rowland.
Somewhere over the Rainbow is one of those special songs…..
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 5:59 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 6:02 AM:
It has a really special meaning for me. Back in 1988 when I was very unhappy it kept coming on the radio and when I turned on the radio and when I walked into shops it would be playing every time I felt really down and I took it to mean there is a person on the other side of this existance that loves me unconditionally and it felt like a promise that someone special would be there for me.
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 6:11 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 6:16 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 6:17 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 6:23 AM:
In Canberra one year it was turned into a huge outdoor opera with huge fires and hundreds of performers from children to old people all using the fire theme in candles and fire sticks. held down near the lake in the middle of winter. . Stunning it was. Fire operas were held 3 years running and we went to them all and they were incredible.
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 6:39 AM:
Jenny said Jan 26, 2009, 6:42 AM:
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 6:49 AM:
Nicole said Jan 26, 2009, 8:08 AM:
I have loved the Carmina Burana for years, and was thrilled when I got the chance to sing it in a big combined choir (not as big as that performance for the Prince of Wales though, what a great show that must have been). It was fun learning to pronounce Latin in the old German style, satisfying to sing the choruses.My favourite aria from it is Dies Nox et Omnia, baritone solo, but I couldn’t find any version on YouTube I liked.
The choir I’ve just started singing with will be doing a lot of very gorgeous music, a bit off the beaten track (except for the Ave Verum by Mozart), and yes some Vivaldi, his “Credo” – one of the ones I find most entrancing is
Versa est in Luctum
though it’s sad – the words mean
Taikunping said Jan 26, 2009, 9:35 AM:
Nicole said Jan 26, 2009, 10:55 AM:
Spiritual Flute: The Beauty of Nature
Jenny said Jan 27, 2009, 5:22 AM:
and this version is really ethereal.
Taikunping said Jan 27, 2009, 5:47 AM:
I found it was very heart related, the guy playing the bowls was really in the flow..
Found this when watching the images and crystal singing bowls Nicole
Will go check out your link Jen
Nicole said Jan 27, 2009, 9:11 AM:
The Music of Music of the Spheres
Jen, I love singing Taize/playing the flute – it brings us into a beautiful space of worship.
There are so many great Taizes, but this is one of my favourites:
And in honour of Mozart’s birthday anniversary,
Taikunping said Jan 27, 2009, 10:07 AM:
Nicole said Jan 27, 2009, 10:23 AM:
Lang Lang Mozart Piano Concert nr24 c-moll Kv491 (part1/3)
Taikunping said Jan 27, 2009, 10:51 AM:
Jenny said Jan 27, 2009, 2:09 PM:
Have a great day. Gotta go to work.
Nicole said Jan 27, 2009, 4:13 PM:
Alluvja! Good to see you. Your post appears in the right place on my screen – maybe you have the “unthreaded” or “newest first view? Or it could be another glitch due to the new format.
I would like to know the Faure Requiem better. There is nothing like having to perform music to motivate one to learning it really well so maybe I will have a chance to sing it one day.
I love this part of that Requiem, it is so ethereal, makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up
Faure: Requiem (In Paradisum)
May the angels lead you into paradise,
May the martyrs receive you
In your coming,
And may they guide you
Into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the chorus of angels receive you
And with Lazarus once poor
May you have eternal rest.
Taikunping said Jan 28, 2009, 5:00 AM:
Nicole said Jan 28, 2009, 7:45 AM:
Taikunping said Jan 28, 2009, 10:57 AM:
Nicole said Jan 28, 2009, 12:31 PM:
Taikunping said Jan 30, 2009, 9:26 AM:
Nicole said Jan 30, 2009, 10:12 AM:
This one has very lovely images too…
Relax – Buddhist Meditation Music – Zen Garden …
muji said Jan 30, 2009, 11:32 AM:
“I can’t help about the shape I’m
I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin
But, don’t ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to
Cowbell, more revved up guitar and another stop and cowbell…
“Now, when I talked to God
I knew He’d understand
He said ‘Stick by me and I’ll be your guiding hand
But, don’t ask me what I think of you,
I might not give the answer that you want me to’
Cowbell, raucous guitar and a climax that segues into seven minutes of pseudo classical Spanish guitar with recorder and cello, completely instrumental. There’s Nicole’s “classical music”!
This was my “spiritual music” when I was a teenager. This, some other music by Peter Green, and George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album. It’s now forty years later and I’ve found other music that moves me in different ways. But, the important element has always been MOVEMENT.
I was in a workshop once conducted by John Pierrakos a co-founder of Bioenergetics. It was my first with John, a 76 year old Greek man with incredibly vibrant energy. John was one of the most real, the most emotionally honest people I’ve ever met.
At the start of the workshop, one of the women put on some new age CD, the typical ethereal stuff, until John arrived. As soon as John did arrive, he IMMEDIATELY said to “Turn that off! It’s keeling the energy!” And, absolutely EVERY time we grew silent, withdrawning our energy, holding our breath and leaving our bodies, John would confront the forty of us and plead for us to help him while he worked to unblock one of us individually.
One particular moment I’ll never forget. John had a woman over a roller, a two-foot diameter cylinder that was used in the work he did. It’s similar to the exercise balls around now, but more stable. Someone would lie face up onto the cylinder with the middle of their back, the area where the diaphragm attaches to the spine, contacting the cylinder. Feet would be planted on the floor and arms outstretched to open the heart. The head would be allowed to hang loosely.
John hovered over this woman, who he had instructed to breathe very deeply, and squeezed her throat muscles. It looked like he was strangling her. You could feel the fear in the rest of us. There was a silence. John looks up at us and says “BREATHE! Feel this yourselves! I’m an old man, I need your help…don’t keell the energy!” We obeyed and within a minute, the woman cried out as loudly as she could with the cry of a BABY! Every single one of us IMMEDIATELY began to sob. What she’d been holding in resonated with what we all hold in to different degrees. Our ACTIVE participation helped HER release and her release helped US release. I’ll never forget the oneness of that experience. And, that oneness is what I see as “spiritual”.
ANYTHING that facilitates this, any kind of music, an understanding look, a crisis…it really doesn’t matter what, anything that facilitates MOVEMENT can help us experience transcendant wholeness.
Nicole said Jan 30, 2009, 4:25 PM:
Thank you so much for this post. It’s tremendous.
Taikunping said Feb 3, 2009, 8:33 AM:
Nicole said Feb 3, 2009, 9:53 AM:
Taikunping said Feb 3, 2009, 10:23 AM:
Nicole said Feb 4, 2009, 8:08 AM:
Echoes – Pink Floyd part 1
Taikunping said Feb 7, 2009, 11:05 AM:
Nicole said Feb 8, 2009, 8:12 AM:
Taikunping said Feb 9, 2009, 2:58 AM:
Nicole said Feb 9, 2009, 9:30 AM:
Tai, I’m an absolute nut for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ music, and this is one of my very favourite performances of one of my favourite songs by him. It is very oceanic, no wonder they used it in the score of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Taikunping said Feb 18, 2009, 3:54 AM:
Nicole said Feb 18, 2009, 8:54 AM:
Hope you can see the video, lots of beloved trees
Taikunping said Feb 19, 2009, 4:49 AM:
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