Saturday, October 25, 2014

Less than 48 hours left in our "Beyond the Beyond" Indiegogo campaign

Less than 48 hours left in our "Beyond the Beyond" Indiegogo campaign and we're almost there! We can do it! I just added a few more perks, including the very simple but profound gift of a single digital download for our track "Om Mani Peme Hum." For a $1 contribution you'll enjoy the benefits of this profound mantra, featuring the vocals of Lama Karma Drodhul and Lama Karma Thendup of KTD monastery. To hear a sample of the ROUGH MIX of this track (not the final track), visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5CV2GYEfg0
May all beings benefit.
http://igg.me/at/LeeMirabaiHarrington

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My new Indiegogo Campaign Music Video!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5CV2GYEfg0

We finally uploaded a "sneak preview" audio file to the "Beyond the Beyond" campaign page: the track "Om Mani Peme Hum." Featured vocalists are Lama Karma Drodul and Lama Karma Thendup of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, NY--which is HH Karmapa's North American seat. These beloved lamas open the song with the "Prayer of Praise to Chenrezig" and then Chenrezig's mantra (Om Mani Peme Hum), singing the melody written by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa himself. May all beings benefit from the sacred vibrations of this mantra! 

Anyone who contributes to our Indiegogo campaign will receive a free download of this track--when it's officially mixed and mastered and ready to release, of course. For details, visit:
http://igg.me/at/LeeMirabaiHarrington

This track--and the entire CD--has been a real labor of love. Other featured musicians are: Steve Gorn on soprono sax, Hans Christian on strings, Irene Soléa Antonellis and Satya-Franche Carlson Straus on response vocals, Anthony Molina and Wynne Ji Paris on guitar, (Anthony also plays on more instruments than I can count), Radha Gopinath Das Marinelli on tablas, Holly Montgomery on bass, Andy Hamburger on drums, Steve Bloom on percussion, and myself (surprise, surprise!) on harmonium.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5CV2GYEfg0

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My lastest blog on Spirit Voyage is up....

Hello Friends. 
Apologies, as usual, for the inconsistent and infrequent posts.  I've been busy with....being busy!
My latest blog on Spirit Voyage talks about the benefits of the Chattr Chakkr Vartee mantra. http://www.spiritvoyage.com/blog/index.php/mantra-for-phobias-chattr-chakkr-vartee/

Monday, September 1, 2014

Please consider supporting my Indiegogo Campaign!


I have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the completion of my mantra music CD: "Beyond the Beyond"
For full details, visit my page:
http://igg.me/at/LeeMirabaiHarrington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6khZZcXhb8s

May all beings benefit!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I'm here with Garrett Sawyer at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst MA, editing the vocals of two very special Buddhist lamas: Lama Karma Drodhul and Lama Karma Thendup. In a studio where the hip young interns are used to listening to the latest rock music, it's delightful to witness how everyone is reacting to the powerful healing sounds of two monks singing "Om Mani Peme Hum" to a funky groove.  May all beings benefit!



Saturday, August 2, 2014

I'm back in the studio again!  (And I still haven't tired of the fact that I get to say "back in the studio" by the way, because I get to sound so cool, hee hee....).  I've spent the past few days at White Light Recording Studios with Anthony Molina working on all kinds of techie stuff: fixing timings and tuning vocals, replacing parts, and coming up with even more wonderful ideas for parts and transitions. Anthony is a pure genius, so mostly I'm just watching the engineering process in awe.  Because this is my first time making a record, I cannot help but compare the experience to writing a novel (a process I do know).  In both cases, there is a lot of editing involved...but the fun thing about music is that we get to tap our feet and dance and listen to Stevie Wonder (singing with a Hare Krishna back up choir) for creative inspiration during the grueling editing process.   Fun fun fun!



Here's a video of Anthony working out a new guitar part for my version of "Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Here's an inventive selfie...this is a screen shot of the legendary kirtan vocalist CC White recording background vocals of my "Govinda Hare" track at her studio in LA...I'm Skyping into the session from my office in Woodstock, NY.  I love technology! 


I'm still pinching myself when I think that CC's phenomenal voice is going to be featured on this track.  This song is a variation on a very traditional Indian melody, which my beloved friend and teacher Shyamdas used to sing all the time.  The day after Shyamdas left his body (in January 2013), this alternative melody came to me, fully formed, accompanied by a toy piano and a harmonica. Slowly the full song took shape, along with the inspiration to finally go forward with my dream to release this first CD.  

And what a dream!  I know Shyamdas-ji is smiling from the heavens as he listens to his beloved CC singing the Names.  She sounds absolutely amazing. Of course. That's why she's the queen of kirtan.  I freely admit that my voice does not even come near hers in terms of power or perfection, but I also know that we each have our own strengths and gifts.  This whole process of recording a CD is helping me find some of my own.  Finally, those years and years of practice--of yoga, mantra, meditation, prayer, setting of intention, toning, and healing--are manifesting here and now, through this process.

Thank you, CC, for sharing your beauty, talent, voice, and huge MA heart! 

Thanks also to Lynne Earls (our LA engineer), Gaura Vani Buchwald and Anthony Molina.