About the Album
Sanskrit mantra music, plus 2 songs in English. Wah! once again delivers her mix of Sade-style mantra classics. Composed by Wah!, arranged in Ableton Live, recorded in Logic Pro. Produced by Wah! Mixed and mastered by Thomas Barquee. It’s been a great collaboration and upgrade of sonic capability, software, and engineering. Please listen, share and enjoy!
International yoga music star Wah! releases her new album BLESSINGS, exploring emotions of gratitude and love. Sanskrit mantra, plus 2 songs in English. Her meditation tracks have inspired yogis for over 25 years and she is credited with being one of the founders of the yoga niche music market.
Wah!'s new album BLESSINGS is just what I needed. Beautiful and inspiring.
JULIE, yoga teacher
The Story Behind Blessings
Blessings shows the power of people coming together to create joyful, hopeful energy. For two years, every Friday night, fans gathered online and helped create a joyful place to sing, dance, and connect. We welcomed everyone, we shared our wisdom, chatted our hopes and dreams, posted the words to the mantras, helped and supported each other. It was open to all. I made the music, fans added their energy and we created an online community. The album was a natural outcome of our gatherings and connection.
These tracks were created for the people who came to the Friday night online concerts. They showed up to sing, dance, chat, relax and enjoy community. I created arrangements for old songs and wrote many new songs for my beautiful online audience. So thank you. Without everyone joining together, I would not have created these tracks.
"Narayani Blessing" came forward as a doorway into consciousness - "the Shakti is eternal, I bow to She who exposes eternal consciousness". A well-known passage from the Chandi Paath (Durga Saptashati) recitation, these words helped me feel at peace with the evolution of our humanity.
"Saraswati Blessing" was a way of acknowledging the beautiful wisdom which comes through Sharada, the goddess Saraswati. I wanted an Indian-style tune with drones and tabla to celebrate her.
"Ganesha Blessing" was written while I was on tour in Colorado. Jeanie Manchester's yoga room is filled with shakti from many years of practice and teaching, so the new tune simply flowed out when I arrived at her place. Many hearts have come together to practice there, so it felt like I was honoring all the people who had practiced yoga through this song dedicated to Ganesha.
"Radha Blessing" was a celebration of divine love and its beauty and compassion in our lives.
"Rain Blessing" was an experiment to see if I could create the feeling of rain through syllables and sonic frequencies. Rain is a huge blessing in the yogic traditions. Without rain, there's no food, no prosperity for the community. In our world drought and climate dilemma, it seemed more important than ever to pray for and celebrate rainfall.
"Shakti Blessing" was a melody I had written 15 years earlier but never used in a recording. i wanted to feel and express this beautiful treasure.
"Lakshmi Blessing" was a recitation of the Vedic mantra for Lakshmi. I also added a section naming the 8 areas you can receive abundance from Lakshmi - as primal geometry, wealth, food & nutrients, divinity, prosperity, family & children, wisdom, and success.
"Mother Blessing" was a celebration of one of my favorite mantras - Jai Ma - which simply means "praise the Mother." Praise Mother Earth, praise divine feminine energy, praise goddesses, saints and angels who bring love and kindness to the planet.
"Peace Blessing" was the favorite ending chant for every concert - Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere find peace.
The graphics came about as a group effort as well. I made the initial drawing by creating a crop circle with the images people had posted on the chatroom during the concert. The design was then advised by visual artists like Lynn Margileth and Lindsy Baldwin. The final touch was provided by my friend and graphic designer Valerie Aiello who added a crystals background. It was a collaboration of all our efforts and it showed me how hearts and generosity of spirit create magical outcomes.
The tracks, artwork, videos and artistic expressions came forward from the community reaching out to each other, finding each other in the midst of world change, disillusionment and isolation. This album is dedicated to the power of our collective hearts.
Thomas Barque mixed each song from the Ableton Live stems and vocal files I sent him. He is a master at what he does. He added keyboard sounds here and there to create ambiance and join in the spirit of collaboration. His energy added extra love to the tracks. Mastering also done by Thomas Barquee. A big thanks to Edward Edwards at The Orchard for helping mastermind the metadata, licensing, lyrics and distribution on digital streaming platforms.
Thank you for reading! Thank you for buying, liking, sharing and streaming the music!
I look forward to our pathway together. Jai ma,