About the Album
Wah! songs in English, exploring emotions of love, empowerment and peace.
International yoga music star Wah! releases her new CD ELEVATED with songs that explore emotions of love, empowerment and peace. Her upbeat tracks have inspired yogis for over 20 years and she is credited with being one of the founders of the yoga niche music market.
The new CD 'Elevated' is what Wah! delivers in her concerts - inspiration, hope, and great bass lines!
The Story Behind Elevated
I write songs in English when something needs to be expressed that I can't communicate in any other way. 2020 was such an unprecedented year of transformation and revelation, I felt the need to express songs that would help rebuild our society. We needed inspiration to remind us of our goal - not bickering and blaming each other but working together to create new systems, respecting each other and Mother Nature.
The cover is fantasy-based - I'm sitting on a tree branch above heaven and below earth. The year 2020 felt upside down, that's all I can say. And I'm wearing workboots because 2020 was a lot of work - to stay optimistic, to keep moving forward
I wanted the album to inspire people to dream and imagine a new future. First track was "Blue Sky" - a slow, downtempo instrumental to give people space to breathe and shift gears. Then "Garden" a song performed at festivals, and often requested, but never recorded. "Only you can show yourself how to get back to the garden..."
"Shine" came forward as a doorway into forgiveness - "gotta find a way, gotta pray, get inside the day, find the new way..." I performed it in concerts and yoga classes and got a great response. A reminder to be strong in your own energy... "shine like the sun on the ocean."
"Beautiful" was a fantasy about how it would be if people smiled and appreciated each other all the time. I had the beginnings of the song in 2019, but by 2020 with everyone wearing masks and bickering with each other, I felt like we needed the inspiration more than ever. "you just smiled at me, the world is so much better... I feel beautiful when you're with me."
"One by One" was a reflection on how we could build a new world - "healing the people one by one, standing under them so that they feel strong..." "White Clouds" was a song inspired by crickets!
"Angel" was a love-song to Mother Nature, a desperate appeal to heal what has been fragmented. "Feels Like" was a fantasy about floating in the middle of entangling world events, a remix of an earlier song titled "Midstream." "Here to the Future" was a reflection on the state of our world. "How do we save our existence? Walk the mile, take a chance and find empowerment, don't back down make a stance..."
"Pacem" was a 9-beat exploration of Dona Nobis Pacem. I wanted to reinvent this campfire song to sound beautiful and relevant to our current situation.
I wrote the songs by scribbling words on a paper and singing a few lines, then creating and arranging the songs in Ableton Live. The arranged tracks were exported and brought into Logic Pro for vocal and instrumental recording. I produced and edited all the tracks in Logic Pro, and then sent them to Seva for mixing.
Seva from Sequoyah Studio in Knoxville TN did the mixes in Logic Pro or Pro Tools, depending on the song. It was a joy to reconnect with him for this project. He knows my sound and delivered impeccable mixes with all the right sonic touches. Mastering was done by Soundcurrent Mastering. And a big thanks to Edward Edwards at The Orchard for helping to get the CD recognized by digital streaming platforms.
Thank you for reading! Thank you for buying, liking, sharing and streaming the music!
I look forward to meeting you and connecting. Jai ma,