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Compassion by Sangeeta Kaur
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 9/3/2019
A masterpiece created with love
There is a time when an album comes into your life just when you need it most, music will fall from the sky like summer rain, covering you with warmth and a calmness of Compassion, and this is exactly what we are about to experience, with one of the most amazing albums I have heard within the vocal based realms of our new age industry.
Sangeeta Kaur’s album Compassion starts at the best place possible with a wonderfully exciting and thoroughly exhilarating rendition of Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha, the mantra from Green Tara, to help us overcome physical, mental and emotional blockages. I am now on my 5th consecutive listen and each time I do so I become even more emotional, the back drop of the enthral choir and Kaur’s consistent heart felt vocals of this mantra, have brought me as close as to what I would personally call, a spiritual moment of significance.
I have decided to really take my time with this album, as I recommend you do, it’s far too good to hurry, it’s far better to align yourself with it, and just be at one with the love that exudes from it. I would like to offer up a quote from this next song called Rise Up.
“Look deep within your heart,
Let’s make a brand new start,
Keep your head high,
It will be alright”

This is an anthem for the world, symphonically majestic, sublime with its emotional touch, and a message to every single person on this so fearful planet!
Transcendence is a really nice place to be at this moment on the album, it’s a soft and soothing musical narrative with a beautiful backdrop of vocalisations and one heck of a moving violin segment. This song itself is transcendent and it shines in its excellence with a radiating and illuminating light of love, like a beacon across a frozen lake, brings hope and harmony as it comes and goes.
The very opening of May the Long Time Sun took me back in time to the early 70’s and the ever repeating mantra of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. The string section and vocals that would follow are some of the most empowering you’re likely to hear. The song was originally released by Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band back in 1968 and Kaur has taken that, brought it into the modern arena and manifested something truly special indeed.
I was delighted to see the name Danae Vlasse come into my view on this next offering called Song of Compassion, I have a lot of respect for her as a musician and her music, and here with Sangeeta Kaur we are gifted one of the most pristine and most moving songs you’re likely to hear. At times the tones within this piece are utterly unequalled to anything you may have heard before, in part choral, a touch of opera, but vocally transcendent and heavenly to listen to. Listening to an arrangement of work like this makes you feel truly glad that you have been given this human journey to be able to experience a moment of musical magic that is never likely to be repeated.
Om Vajra Sattva Hum and again, right time, right piece of music; I needed this one right now, the mantra of the Bodhisattva, Vajrasattva in Tibetan Buddhism as it purifies body, speech and mind. This also happens to be the longest offering on the album, the intensity and percussion work, partnered with the choir, are in perfect alignment with Kaur’s vocals, bringing us something truly healing and fluent, the male voices within this track I must also add, gave the composition great balance as well.
A statement that is a mantra of mine for years now is up next and called We Are One. This anthem should be the rising call of all who wish for peace on our world. Here Kaur’s vocals are sublime, smooth, yet incredibly powerful as well. The percussion is incredibly inventive and the eventual explosion at just over the half way juncture brought us a moment of magical musical empowerment in a Lord of the Rings film score style.
Se Re Sa Sa is up now, this reminds me of our experience with Kundalini Yoga a few months back in Limassol. That experience was utterly life changing, as is this piece; the mantra, which I may add is beautifully performed by the artist, allows better connections to be made with communications and will also raise a better understanding of peace within oneself as well. The chimes were perfectly placed and the back drop of the choir gave the whole track a truly ethereal feel, while Sangeeta Kaur weaved her magic vocals through this mantra, strings paved the way for the emotions to flow in a blissful river of harmony.
Now I happen to know this is my wife’s favourite piece off the album and called Voices and Crystals, something she is both excellent herself at combining and working with. This is the penultimate track off the album and one that instantly wants me to reach for my singing bowls as well. Here Kaur teams up with Hila Plitmann and in doing so brings us an amazingly breath taking spiritual moment of musical ecstasy. The two simply allow their vocals to work with each other’s energy, and the resulting track is the most ambient piece off the album without doubt, it is certainly the most inventive and probably the most addictive as well.
The last dimension of our musical reality has been reached and the album concludes with the offering Voices of Compassion (Chorus Medley). Here we have a really clever idea, a piece that offers all the highlights from the talents of the Hungarian Studio Choir, the choral melodies run free in this final piece, and what a shining way to end the album indeed.
As the last few notes drifted away in my ears, I sat and pondered, had I just listened to the best album in this genre I have ever heard, something tells me this may well be true. Compassion by Sangeeta Kaur is a masterpiece of a work, given all the fine treatment of a production, with string ensembles, choral work, Buddhist mantras and songs of peace and unconditional love, it really doesn’t get any better than this, and the question therefore is, would I recommend this release? Well I don’t think there is an album I would recommend more, everyone should feel, hear and enjoy the utter beauty of this release as soon as possiible, so why not do it now.
Rating: Excellent
Two Hearts by David Wahler
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 8/29/2019
A collection of brilliance
I must admit I have been a bit of a fan of David Wahler since around 2009, and now some 10 years later, and following up on the spectacular offering Mosaic, we celebrate the release of another moment of musical magic with this new offering entitled Two Hearts.
The album has one of the smoothest starts your ever likely to hear with the composition Always. The lush keyboard melody creates a virtual smile that radiates with love across the universe, a better start you will not find anywhere within in this genre.
After Mosaic, an album that was virtually stuck on my player for months, I wondered just how Wahler would follow that up, I needn’t have worried, this album is in perfect symbiosis with it, and creates a whole new sense of peace and love for us all, just listen to the track I Remember You and you may well understand, a full flowing and rich tapestry of keyboards with a light symphonic backdrop can be found here, this I would dare to say is music of natural beauty with no boundaries.
Paris Rain is another beautiful continuance of the subject matter of love and what better subject can there be? Strangely enough, even though I have travelled a bit, I have yet to visit France and of course Paris. However with this track I can do just that within the music, as any good artist does, Wahler creates for me the perfect picture of just what it would be like to walk in the Paris rain, this is a truly delicate composition, each rain drop falls from the keyboard with such precision and care, in what is a really moving offering.
This next composition is one that I was really looking forward to hearing, it’s called Night Sky of Orion (Remix), if this rings a bell, then you may have in your collection the album that started my Wahler collection with as well, as the original version comes from the album Antiquuis. Wahler crosses the borders of the new age genre here and flows with such beauty into a musical realm known to many of us as chill out. This is such an exceptional offering and with the light percussion and symphonic foundations of the piece in full flow, we are truly treated to something quite amazing.
We are now about to take our first steps across and into the second half of the album but before we do so, let’s enjoy the guitar on this next piece entitled You and Me. The album expresses the emotion of love beautifully throughout, but here on this offering, if you listen with a careful ear, you may hear the sheer intensity of this emotion; the power and grace of love has been recreated here within such a very clever composition, it radiates desire, a sense of longing to be whole again and a passion that sometimes runs very deeply indeed.
A chilling wind greets our ears on this next piece called Love Lost. This is one of two singles released by the artist before the album and for those of us who have experienced the emotion of a love that has been lost, for whatever reason, you will relate to this most heartfelt and moving opus. I freely admit to have had my heartbroken many times, and this specific piece would be the perfect soundtrack for those tragic moments, it is like being lost in a world that just doesn’t seem to care, like you have drifted onto the beach of lost souls!
As a grandmaster of the keys, Wahler is a fine artist and manifests musical pictures that would grace any major art gallery in the world, perhaps like Two Hearts, the title header and the other single I refereed to earlier. Almost the alter ego of the other release, this offering has such a beautiful lightness about its construction and an almost film score ethic flows all around it’s musical majesty, one that lifts you up and raises your spirits.
I found the track Bloom and I found love, I also found something that is an essential part of my life, ambience. I would personally say that this is the most ambient and meditative offering from the album and I could get lost within its love for eternity. The gentleness of performance here is really noteworthy and the serene nature and tranquil base made this for me one of my personal favourites from the album with ease.
A total change in energy now as we come across the next arrangement called One Fine Day. Here is a piece that creates a musical narrative of a beautiful day in the same way as Kevin Kendle did on the track Sundial, he described that piece as the perfect sunny day and a cycle ride along the lanes of that perfection in nature. Wahler does almost exactly that, but expands with the brightness of the piece, so that here you have a graphic colourful narrative of perfection, that is simply a halcyon moment of any day that makes you feel utterly happy with no boundaries.
Our penultimate offering is called Confession, one that starts with a refrain of sadness and despair. Perhaps this is the soundtrack of the truth, something that liberates you, but something that at times really hurts. Wahler’s creation is perfectly created and beautifully produced to allow this musical sojourn in this misty realm of reluctant honesty to develop, to a point when the keyboards seem to just hover and die away, like the pain of telling someone the truth that will end the love that was once there.
We do however finish on a much brighter note; this ending offering is called Then She Went To Sleep. This maybe one of those tracks that you could play in the early hours of the morning, perhaps on waking from a dream, you roll over and look at your partners body in the moonlight, and watch the peacefulness of her sleep, and then you fill the room with gratitude that you’re the person lucky enough to be lying next to her in bed. This is the perfect ending offering and one that will be guaranteed to leave a smile of contentment on your face with its conclusion.
A new David Wahler album is always something to look forward to, he is an artist of great skill and talent and here on this album Two Hearts, it demands to be listened to. Wahler is one of those amazing musicians who in my view has never produced a poor track, and each and every offering on this new release is delightfully performed, beautifully played and professionally produced with one important element, Wahler has poured his heart into this collection of brilliance, and it shows in abundance.
Rating: Excellent
A Journey for Mankind by Tom Moore
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 8/21/2019
A masterpiece to enjoy forever
You can pretty much guarantee that something special is going to be on the horizon when the team of Moore and Finzer join forces; there last few releases have been truly exceptional. It’s not often I get the opportunity to write about their music, so I am going to enjoy the moment, especially as the theme is about celebrating the moon landings of no less than 50 years ago, on a release called A Journey For Mankind.
Our first musical sojourn is entitled Dawn At The Coast, a more scenic and scene setting piece you will never find, you can be right there in the moment as the sun rises over the cape, and a crackle of expectancy hangs in the air like a ripe orange waiting to fall to the ground, a perfect hovering flute and keyboards depicting this most tranquil, yet expectant time of day.
The energy of this moment continues to increase in intensity and as we knock on the portal described as Trans-Lunar, we have another shift in energy, a percussive beat kicks in and Finzer’s flute narrates the upbeat sense of the day and the excitement of the moment. This composition would be perfect for any documentary on the subject matter, and flows with a sublime sense of exhilaration.
I was just a mere 12 years old when man took his first steps on another world, I hope to see it happen again on Mars, but think it may be unlikely. On A Song for Distant Earth, the duo gives us a musical perspective of what it’s like to look down on your own world from a perspective of being external to it. The keyboards of Moore truly create an outer worldly ethic, while Finzer’s flute is deep and moving in its manifestation of this graphic composition.
The longest offering on the album at just over seven minutes in duration is Shadow of the Moon. I remember the start of Pink Floyds “Shine on Crazy Diamond” and the beginning of this piece reminded me of that greatly, minus the guitar of course. However unlike that track, here is an offering that continues its lush sense of ambience, and actually creates an arrangement that is so powerful, as it indeed would be to actually see the moon close up. There is a wonderful sense of awe and respect that is beautifully built into this piece that I loved, and it made this composition my favourite offering off the album.
The skill of any artist is to be able to paint what they see and bring that artistic endeavour into your reality, so that you feel it, hear it and can touch it, with this next piece that is indeed possible. Blue Pearl in a Black Sky is one of those heavenly tracks, that perfectly draws a juxtaposition of the Earth and the bed of blackness it sleeps within, this offering from Moore and Finzer is a real heart felt opus of gratitude for our world, and the fragility of the life that lives upon it.
Tranquillity Base has to be one of the most ambient offerings I have ever heard from the partnership. The Sea of Tranquillity was always a place of mystery and imagination for me and for other artists who have constructed songs about this region of Luna too. Moore and Finzer on flute and keyboards somehow manage to manifest something close to perfection with this offering and once more, you could actually be right there, witnessing the glory of the moment.
Magnificent Solitude may only be just over two minutes long, but this short form arrangement has a sense of majesty about its construction, the keyboards and flute combination have a sense of perfect symbiosis here, the symphonic effect is also incredibly moving as well.
Amazing but true, it’s time to wend our wend our weary way home from the surface of the moon, we now lift off and drift back on a path home within the track Trans–Earth. There is a real sense of apprehension built in here that is riveting, are things going to go well on the take off, then a feeling of movement drops into illustrate that all is going as planned, the flute of Finzer then narrates a smooth glide path back home.
This is our last track Night Sky in Wonder, one that I can really relate to, each night during the summer I go into our pool for a swim, then lay on my back in the dark looking up at the night sky in wonder. With a style reminiscent of Deuter, Moore and Finzer manifest the perfect ending track, one that leaves us with a sense of appreciation for what we have and what we have just experienced, and one would hope a sense of gratitude for our planet too. This is simply beautiful at all levels, and a thoroughly blissful way to leave what has been a truly emotive, but awe and jaw dropping voyage of musical mastery.
A Journey for Mankind is like our time tunnel to an age when the Earths inhabitants thought outward with an open heart, rather than inwardly with a closed mind. This album rekindles that sense of awe and wonder, that freedom, excitement, and resonates sublimely with the expectations we have buried inside us all. The performances by Moore and Finzer are akin to two of the best artists in the world, painting a masterpiece for the ages, something for us to look back on, listen to and appreciate forever.
Rating: Excellent
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