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.