Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Mantras for Precarious Times (CD) by Deva Premal
Deva Premal, daughter to a musically talented mother and mystic father, spent her childhood in Germany. While she was taught several musical instruments and received voice training, her main love remains singing itself. She was taught to chant the Gayatri Mantra by the age of five and her singing is heavily influenced by classical Indian music which many of her albums reflect.
In "Mantras for Precarious Times", Deva Premal breaks from her norm and composes a CD that truly focuses on the repetition of several chosen Hindu mantras and chants. She uses very little musical accompaniment in this album and reduces the melody of her own voice to bring out the beautiful reverberations of the chants themselves. Premal has selected seven Hindu mantras to chant 108 times each. Each of these chants focus on a positive thought or outcome for troubled times. For example, track two is the repetition of "Om Shanti Om" used to focus on and bring about peace.
You may simply want to listen for the beauty of hearing chants, for your own meditations using chants, for bringing emotions of contentment to yourself, or for feeling like you are sending out these peaceful chants to the whole world. Find a copy of Deva Premal's "Mantras for Precarious Times" at your local Virginia Beach Public Library.
You may also enjoy Deval Premal and the Tibetan Gyuto Monks together on their album titled "Tibetan mantras for Turbulent times". You may want to find other music CDs that focus on chants from around the world.