The past month has held many many wonderful musical events: The two school concerts (including the High School’s breathtaking presentation of Handel’s Messiah), World Brotherhood Day, our Ananda Christmas Concert (when my baton flew in a 30 foot graceful arc while conducting the Halleluiah Chorus), our Christmas Sunday Service, our Christmas Eve crèche program, and then Master’s Birthday celebration.

With all the wonderful events behind us, our choir began its first steps in recording the first of many CDs to come. Our usual emphasis is on performing, so this will be a new direction for the choir.

We spent the entire 90 minute session on one song (not unusual for an amateur group such as ourselves), focusing anew on diction, blend, and intonation. One of the things that came very easily, however, was the presentation of Swami’s inspiration, which I’m hoping you can sense from the MP3 below. We might be a choir of untrained voices, but I haven’t found a choir that can present inspiration with such ease and power.

The vibration of the music stayed with me the entire night, and Wednesday morning dawned with a renewed sense of love and peace in my heart, which I’m sure came from the immersion into the song “Life Is a Dream” (click on the player below to listen).

https://www.ananda.org/community/blog/audio/life-is-a-dream.mp3

I’ll keep posting the songs as we do them, to keep you abreast of our progress!

4 Comments

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    Dear David, (speaking as one of the choir members) it was a really nice rehearsal. I’d never worked so hard, or so diligently, on improving a single song. It was not easy…

    There’s something to be said about trying your best to improve on all levels: working on sharing the love behind the song, and also on bringing out the meaning in each word, and every phrase. It’s an inspiring discipline!

  2. Joy to all,

    Its great to heaer this song with such an inensity now. I can feel it and i hope other too. I can also feel that the hearts are open with each word as it comes out. Nabha its a great recording and i hope to hear more. If qualified later i would like to join you guys. I am so joyful. Thanks for that song and special thanks for the vibes that speaks beyond the song though manifests from it.

  3. Dear David,

    What a joy to hear the excellence and beauty of the choir. I couldn’t help but sing along as I listened. How I would love to be there singing with you and learning from you!

    The choir sounds absolutely beautiful and sings as if one. The joy and love comes through as strongly and beautifully as the precise execution of pronounciation and intonation. Congratualtions to all! I look forward to more songs and the CD!

  4. I listened to this tonight after our Portland Choir rehearsal, and having been a part of the Ananda Brotherhood Choir, I know how wonderful it is to sing Swami’s music.We have many new singers in our choir, and I know they are going someday to be able to sing in a choir like the one I just heard, and it makes me think of how I began singing with Ananda and Swami’s music. I am truly blessed to be here at this time and I can see every singer who aspires to the depths of this music will receive blessing immeasurable as I have.Thanks Swami and all her made this beautiful recording. I got goose bumps and my heart was full of gratitude.
    Joy
    Rudrani Borden

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