If you haven’t dug into it yet, you really need to check out Dhamma Gita – Music of Young Practitioners Inspired by the Dhamma–a new collection from some of the best young artists around. More Than Sound Productions was kind enough to send me a copy, and I was both excited and touched by the collection–excited in that this album represents a further flowering of Dharma art, and touched by the sincerity and insight apparent in these songs.
The album is described this way:
The inspiration of this album came from our own experience with the vast creative space of meditation practice, coupled with a hope to represent the unique voice of a new generation of young Buddhists. So we went begging songs from Buddhist youth around Western world, and we got back some true jewels. Few of the young artists on this album define themselves as Buddhist musicians. Yet they are musicians who practice Buddhism, and the songs on Dhamma Gita arose from insights gained in their practice. Practice uncovers wisdom, formless of itself, given voice through the work of the practitioner and conditioned by the context of this life. These songs are present manifestations of that timeless, formless wisdom, expressed with creativity and with the joy of discovery. This is today’s Dhamma music.
From my dear old friend Ravenna Michalsen to the rollicking Dave Smith and the Country Rebels, this anthology offers a delightful sampling of the best ditties from those devoted to the mindful way. Give a listen.
(For two other reviews, check out Scott A. Mitchell’s take at the buddha is my dj and the great Rod Meade Sperry’s write-up at Shambhala Sun Space–the latter of which includes three free track samples.)
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