Kirtan is meditative chanting that calms the mind & spirit. This podcast is a weekly offering of music from contemporary kirtan artists such as Krishna Das, Dave Stringer and Ragani.
Thoughts of Peace, Words of Love — More Fresh Tracks From the Auricle Collective
It has been a glorious summer & fall here, one of the most beautiful I can remember. But now the rains have started, and the leaves are falling. The Corvallis kirtan community continues to grow, and we’ll be starting live kirtan concerts again in December. It feels good to be returning to this magical practice.
Let’s enter the way back machine for a moment and recall, back in April, me telling you about the Auricle Collective — a community of more than 156 musicians rooted in singing, chanting & music as art and spiritual practice. These are the musicians that fuel our Bhakti Yoga practice. If you were able to participate in the Spotify Experiment, explained in the 2 previous podcasts, we are deeply grateful. Here are some of the results.
Since the launch of The Experiment, we have generated over 2,000 Spotify followers for our kirtan artists, with an average growth of 280% in followers from before the Experiment began. This means that our artists’ music will be circulated more widely through Spotify’s algorithms, and whenever any Auricle artist releases new music, many more listeners will be notified. We now have 1,00 subscribers to the Auricle newsletter and have heard from many artists from around the world who wish to join the Collective. This is a fantastic beginning, and we’re excited to see the impact expand and the ripple effect over time. We’re so thankful for your support in making this possible!
The Spotify Experiment is now ongoing; anyone can follow all of our artists with one click at any time. Click on this link, and please continue to share!
Here’s some more exciting news — sacred chant has been designated as a new category for the Grammy awards! The next few podcasts will be featuring music from our Grammy-nominated artists, so stay tuned!
The music in this week’s set is the third and last of the podcasts with all new music from Auricle Collective artists. Please enjoy, and if you think of it, please give the podcast a rating on iTunes, it will help more people to find us.
Vote. Believe in the vision, and what a beautiful world we’ll create. Much love to you all, and until next time — Namaste.
Jai Jagdeesh, ‘Road To Somewhere’ ~ Single
Ragani, ‘Bring Me Home’ ~ Single
Madi Das, Mantra Americana: ‘Hey Gopinath’
Johanna Beekman, Joss Jaffe and Shylah Ray Sunshine: ‘Words Of Love’ ~ Single
Deva Premal & Miten, Timeless: ‘Tara Mangalartha Mantra’ – Prayer (Climate Balance) – feat. India Arie
Sirgun Kaur, ‘Ma’ ~ Single
Kaita, In The Lap Of The Infinite: ‘Medicine Buddha’
Corinna Swara, ‘The Jewel In The Lotus’ (Kenny Dread remix)
David Vito Gregoli & Ricky Kej, Wild Monsoon: Sharad (Autumn)
Julia Berkely, Aham Prema: ‘Aham Prema’
Nadav, ‘The Four Angels’ ~ Single
More Fresh Tracks From The Auricle Collective!
OK, guys — time is running out! Let’s all come together and support the Auricle Collective by clicking on this link.
I hope you all enjoy more new music from the talented artists of the Auricle Collective. Be well, enjoy the summer, and until next time — Namaste.
Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Mystery: Turn That Wall Into a Door (Jai Ganesha)
Dave Stringer & Sheila Nicholls, Thrum: River
Kamini Natarajan, Shiva Mantras: Shiva Dhyana Mantra
Jai Uttal: Holy Madman – In Remembrance of Shyamdas ~ Single
Harnam: Wah Yantee ~ Single
Joss Jaffe ( feat.Dave Stringer & Jai Anand), Mul Mantra: Mul Mantra
Daniel Bellone: Jay Bolo
Brenda McMorrow & Jakob Weise: Gayatri – Giver of Light
Michael Hathaway, Offering: Servant (Feat. Jai Uttal)
Donna De Lory, Gone Beyond: Om Gate Gate Paragate
Rishima Bahadoorsingh, Gayatri Mantra 3 reps with Flute
Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy, Whisper: Whisper
Fresh Tracks From the Auricle Collective!
Hello dear friends,
I hope life is good for you as we head into midsummer.
If you recall, back in April, I told you about the Auricle Collective. This community of more than 100 musicians is rooted in singing, chanting & music as art and spiritual practice. It includes the musicians that fuel our Bhakti Yoga practice.
Remember the olden days when we were all downloading our music? Then, a single song cost 99 cents. Now, in the streaming era, a song has to be downloaded 315 times for an artist to make the same amount of money. In other words, Spotify & other streaming services are making it much more difficult for artists to earn a living from their music. How can we support the artists we love?
Well, we can’t change this system, but we can still work together to influence it. And the Auricle Collective is asking us to do just that, as it has designed an app and created an experiment to see if we can hijack the algorithms to feature & recommend our kirtan artists more often. By joining our voices together, we’ll have the ability to amplify each other powerfully. Instead of working for the algorithm, we’ll be making it work for us. How to join in this experiment? It’s really simple: click on this link to open the app, log in to Spotify and follow all your favorite artists with a single click. If all of us do this it will send a massive pulse to amplify the algorithms that recommend & feature music on Spotify. It will take you just 5 seconds to fire off a love explosion in service to spiritual music, and just think — by doing this you’ll not only help lift up your favorite artists, but you’ll also increase the visibility of many emerging artists in our community & introduce yourself to some amazing music you haven’t heard yet. Isn’t that cool? So let’s give it a try and see what happens!
The music in this week’s set is all new music from Auricle Collective artists — some of it hasn’t even been released yet. The artists have sent me lots of their new music, so there will be several more of these Fresh Tracks sets coming your way. Please enjoy, and until next time, my friends — Namaste.
Hudost, Anthems of Home: Home Is Bigger Than Us
Wah!, High Energy: Gold
Jai Uttal, Let Me Burn: Ladder of Longing
Dave Stringer & Sheila Bringi, Glider: Samba Sadashiva
Dennis Hawk: Om Namah Shivaya
Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band w/DJ Drez, Blue Easy Remixes (available in August): Calling the Spirits (Conjure Remix)
Dave Stringer & Madi Das, Mantra Americana: Om Namo Bhagavate
Hans Christian & Jim Gelcer, Mariupole ~ Single
Johanna Beekman & Benjy Wertheimer, Om Shanti (Equanimous Remix) ~ Single
Snatam Kaur: Ang Sang Waaheguru ~ Single
Luc Acke: Lokah Samasta ~ Single
A Surprise Package
Happy summer, my dear friends! I hope you’re enjoying life as much as I am. My health is almost back to normal after the accident, and I’m working on regaining fitness now. Our son was married last weekend, and it was a beautiful love-filled & life affirming celebration. And next week we’re starting a big garden renovation, and I’m so excited about that. I’m not a big Instagram person, but I’ll be posting pictures there as things progress if you’d like to follow along.
I also wanted to let you know that all our Friday sets are now posted on YouTube on the New World Kirtan Podcast page under playlists — I’ll put the link in the show notes. There are also some live performances of artists there you might enjoy. And unlike Spotify, it’s free. Our podcasts are also available on Soundcloud.
The Auricle Project has some big news that I’ll tell you about in the next podcast — it will be a Fresh Tracks set filled with new music from your favorite artists.
In closing, I’d just like to say one thing. It’s a strange time we’re living in. If you’re feeling discouraged, anxious or afraid — take heart. There’s plenty of good news out there too – acts of kindness and friendship, feats of generosity and sacrifice. But a hard reality of our time is that we are surrounded by anger-generating machines. And anger is a thief — don’t let it steal your perspective or your peace of mind. Go outside more — you can feel God’s rhythms there. And be well, my friends. Enjoy life, and until next time. Namaste.
New World Kirtan Podcast on Spotify.
New World Kirtan Podcast on YouTube
New World Kirtan Podcast on SoundCloud.
Kristin Luna Ray, One Shared Heart: Ganesha
Radharani, Just One Drop: Hari Bol (Featuring Ishwari)
Ajeet, Darshan: Light Of My Soul
Deva Premal & Miten, The Jungle Sessions: Rain of Blessings / Ra Ma da Sa
Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda, Lakshmi Dreams | Part 1: Lakshmi Ashtakam | Guru Devi Ma
Guru Ganesha Singh, Joy Is Now: Sat Narayan
Dave Stringer, Joyride: Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari
Prajna Vieira & Ben Leinbach, Amrita: Hari Om
Thomas Barquee, Missa: Salva Me
Shantala, Living Waters: Aham
Several weeks ago I was on a Zoom call with over 50 kirtan artists to hear more about something called the Auricle Collective — this is a project spearheaded by Dave Stringer, Seán Johnson and several other Kirtan artists. Singing kirtan connects us by the thread of sacred music as a spiritual path. The goal of the Auricle Collective is to share our resources to promote & support our kirtan artists, who are making music that is participatory, devotional and that has the intention of shifting consciousness.
On the weekend of May 14 & 15, the Auricle Collective will launch an experiment designed to massively stimulate the Spotify algorithm and increase the streams and income for Kirtan artists. Your participation is important because it will help gather data about the audience for Kirtan — it will also expand the reach of this podcast. I’ll be telling you more about this as the project progresses, so stay tuned.
Through singing, we experience the Divine in ourselves, and in one another. When we join our voices together, we become a mighty force of Love that has the power to change so many things. We need this music. The world does too.
And that brings us to this edition of the podcast. It’s hard for us to imagine the horrors the brave people in Ukraine are going through these days. It’s easy to feel helpless against the wave of all that hatred. What can we do to help them? Stand in the light, do our spiritual practices, sing kirtan, and visualize a wave of Divine Love flooding over Ukraine and Russia. We can do our best to shift the energy and turn the world to love. Visualize that as you sing this set to Shiva — the Hindu deity who destroys in order to create. Om Namah Shivaya.
Thanks for listening to the podcast, dear hearts, and until next time — Namaste.
Narada Wise, Inevitable: Shiva Let It Be
Donna De Lory, The Lover And The Beloved: Om Namah Shivaya
Girish, Diamonds In The Sun: Om Namah Shivaya
Dave Stringer & Spring Groove, Yatra: Shivaya Namah Om
Krishna Das, Heart Full of Soul: Om Namah Shivaya
Johanna Beekman, Beyond Love: Soothing Songs For The Soul: Om Namah Shivaya
* Adam Bauer, Wonderville: Bogotaj (Om Namah Shivaya)
Manish Vyas w/Snatam Kaur, Yoga Living Series — Yogi Lounge: Shivoham
Indiajiva, Universal Mother: Tryambakam
Benjy Wertheimer, Yoga Music Mantras & Chants, Vol. 2 – Sanskrit Chants for Yoga Class: Shivaratri – Edit: Mantra for Yoga Class
Jane Winther, Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, May All Beings Be Happy: Om Shanti
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Amazon: 249 streams = $1 (.00401606 per stream / 10K streams = $40.16)
Deezer: 156 streams = $1 (.00641026 per stream / 10K streams = $64.10)
Spotify: 315 streams = $1 (.00317446 per stream / 10K streams = $31.74 )
Pandora: 752 streams = $1 (.00132979 per stream / 10K streams = $13.29 )
YouTube Music: 1250 streams = $1 (.0008 per stream / 10K streams = $8.00 )
Love Is All You Need
Hello dear friends,
This week we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a kirtan set devoted to LOVE. Enjoy!
Miten, Temple at Midnight: Inescapable Love
Deva Premal & Miten, 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey: Day 4 – I Am Love
Radharani, Just One Drop: Higher Love
Krishna Das, Heart As Wide As The World: Narayana/For Your Love
Ananda Yogjiji and Jaya Lakshmi, Live at the Altar of Love~Disc 2: Divine Lover’s Maha Mantra
Shantala, Sri: Om Namo Bhagavte Invocation
Shantala, Sri: Om Namo Bhagavate/ Because The One I I Love
Johanna Beekman, Beyond Love: Soothing Songs For The Soul: Beyond Love
Ashley Wynn, Love Is the Answer Jai Ma: Namaste (God in Me) feat. Saul David Raye
Katie Wise & Bhakti Explosion, Lovolution, Lokha Love
Until next time. Namaste
The Best Kirtan set!
I look forward to every new episode. These really help motivate me to start my day. Mantras are magic and I don’t know how I ever got by without them. Thank you so much for this podcast. Woo-hoo!!!!
Such a sweet treat!
I look forward to every episode-thank you for sharing! Namaste🌈
Open hearts and bliss
Thank you to Kitzie Stern for your dedication to the practice of Kirtan. Having been a huge fan of this podcast, there is always inspiration in the stories of dedication to this practice and the beautiful chants.