Music Category

2015 saw the reunion of the famous five with the return of of Christine McVie after a 16 year break from the band Fleetwood Mac. I realize that our Millennial readers may have no idea who Fleetwood Mac are, as they were in their prime in the 1970s and 80s with albums like Rumours, Tusk and Tango in the Night. They have sold over 100 million albums to date, and while the band has had a few different lineups over the decades, the band that really captured the hearts ofRead More
July 3, 4 and 5, 2015 marked the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary and Fare Thee Well concerts at Soldier Field, Chicago. The set of shows were an intimate goodbye jamboree for 70,000 fans each night with many more tuning in online through pay per view. Most may think that a venue of 70,000 people would be anything but intimate. That is one of the most endearing things about this band. Their identity as a musical group exists because of the interwoven tapestry of its fans, affectionately known as Dead Heads.Read More

Posted On June 18, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn July 2015 - Surrender, Music

Music: The Show Must Go On, by Rishi Deva

Is it a surrender to a process that makes the highest paid musicians excel? Or is it that surrender is not even part of their vocabulary; thereby no thing gets in their way? What makes certain artists rise and stay at the pinnacle of the music industry? It is certainly much more than writing great songs, or being the most talented singer, guitarist, drummer. If it were only about writing great songs, then the list of top musicians would be quite different. Take for instance Rush, after 41 years ofRead More
Eamonn Forde is a colleague that I met while in the UK at a music conference a few years back. He is a music business and technology writer for The Guardian. On May 19th he wrote an interesting article about the role of managers in the music business. He explores the relationship between firing a manager after success and a decline in the artist’s subsequent achievements. Being a music manager myself, his article struck a chord with me and made me think about what makes it possible for artists toRead More

Posted On May 27, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn May 2015 - Contemplation, Music

Music: The Waterboys’ Modern Blues

The cover of the Waterboys’ latest album “Modern Blues” displays a moss-covered figure with human hands barely peeking out of what seems an entirely overgrown structure. It’s a plushy, patchworky, faceless Green Man. Incongruous for an album of highly palatable alt-rock/blues? Only if you don’t know Mike Scott. The Waterboys have been around since 1981, with a changing roster anchored by one continuous presence (save 1995-7, during which the band was on hiatus): Mike Scott. This Puckish rock troubadour has seen The Waterboys through a number of different sounds overRead More
The sidewalk under my feet discernibly shifted as I left my first singing lesson, and walked – more correctly – floated, back to my parked car. I’d been waiting a long time for the chance to truly explore the musical side of myself that I knew was there – one that I’d longed to see materialize for 39 years – and here, on the corner of right time and right place, it apparently was. I’d had a splotchy musical past, plucking up the courage to audition for bands here andRead More

Posted On March 5, 2015By admin108In March 2015 - Awareness, Music

Music: Govinda Sky

This month, Parvati Magazine interviewed Jaya Madhava Das of Govinda Sky. Parvati Magazine: What is your current project? Jaya Madhava Das: The release of our new CD, Ocean of Mercy. We are very proud of it. It is a departure from our previous album: Surrender, 2007, which was transcendental hip hop (with devotional rap lyrics). Our new CD is more Kirtan influenced, more mantra chants and some english lyrics. This is exciting to us, because we’re gathering a wider audience, and the yoga community is starting to appreciate our music.Read More
Anyone interested in the craft of pop music would do well to study the new album 1989 by Taylor Swift. Packed with melodic, lyrical and instrumental hooks that you cannot help but remember even after the first listen, this most recent effort is the hallmark of today’s pop market. 1989 brings the intentional craft of manufactured pop-hit production to the level of perfection. The album displays excellent songwriting structure where verses, pre-choruses and choruses flow into each other with a refined balance between expected anticipation and refreshing surprise. It hitsRead More
I grew up playing in Montreal streets that echoed with the creative voices of great Canadian artists such as Mordecai Richler and Leonard Cohen. Such memories have left me with a soft spot for Leonard Cohen’s music, whose smoky voice, simple melodies and profound lyrics have marked the chapters of my life. Yet saying that his most recent album “Popular Problems” is among his best ever is an unbiased opinion. There is good reason that Leonard Cohen’s 13th studio album hit number one in 29 countries around the globe thisRead More
Lana Sugarman is a Toronto-based yoga teacher and kirtan singer who recently released her debut album, Invocation. After many years of leading her own kirtans as well as sitting in to support fellow kirtan artists including David Newman, Brenda McMorrow and Swaha to name a few, the time finally came for her to make her mark in the genre with her own offering. I’m thoroughly enchanted with Lana Sugarman’s Invocation—a collection of mantras put to music. I saw and heard Lana for the first time at Bhakti Fest West 2014,Read More