Spirit Singer Productions
- reviewed by Angela Hutchinson
Maya, a former teacher of music, life coach, and author, is a well traveled singer and musician. She wrote the lyrics and melodies to the songs included on Spirit of Love. She has a pure quality to her voice, a Karen Carpenter for the new age. Sage lends absolutely perfect vocal harmonies, as well as playing multiple instruments to give their sound its vibrant uniqueness.
Calling Sita Ram and Jai Sita Ram have an incredible rhythm with an Eastern style influence. Universality is their theme; unity of our masculine and feminine natures. It is an excellent example of a dance and chant connection. Spirit of Love offers an excellent harmonic lullaby. Heaven’s Rain showcases Maya’s incredible “new age” voice and Sage’s harmony with a fantastic harmonica contribution. The native flute of Ancestors’ Breath can take you to another time of tribal simplicity. The songs are substantial in length adding to its meditative quality and calming melodies.
Spirit of Love is an album of international influence and enjoyment. It is a wonderfully creative debut album for this up and coming couple.
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- reviewed by Michele Palulis
This CD boasts something for everyone and is very well blended and a terrific fusion of styles and techniques. The music alone brings out an incredible energy. Add the vocals, whether it be the melodic songs or the chanting, and you have yourself an absolutely indulgent experience that begs the ears and body to listen.
One song that shined brightly for me was “Heaven’s Rain.” This joy filled loving song really serenades the listener. It is filled with bells and harps which make sounds you might imagine stars would make in the heavens. Maya has an enchanting voice and Sage is absolute magic with his creative music. Other favorites were “Ancestors’ Breath,” “Wild Companions,” and “Spirit of Love.” Folksy is the best way to describe this new release for Maya and Sage. This very diverse music uses keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and harp with a hint of Indian chant that they make work well.
A light filled addition to add sparkle to your music collection! I highly recommend this CD - 5 gold stars!
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Nation – reviewed by Rotcod Zzaj
These folks have plenty of style, & their compositions are strong enough to set them apart from the bands that have only grasped the concept of "beat"! There is no doubt that rhythmic tracks are a definite draw for (many) listeners today, but when the undercurrent energy is combined with talent like this, there's no stopping what they can do. The thing I like about Maya & Sage's songs is that they're not "syrupy" like so many of these (kinds of) bands tend to be... some VERY NICE lead guitars are interspersed throughout, & their flow is free, not suppressed in the background.
Excellent mix, great quality, this is a CD you'll want to keep, & play often. We're impressed enough that we rate it HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Great album, high-energy spirit, & jubilance at the forefront.
- reviewed by Kieran Bahn
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Connection Magazine - reviewed by Chiwah
Maya and Sage's original chants and spirit songs evoke a variety of deep feelings, whether for yourself, a lover, friends, ancestors, our planet, a Higher Presence, or simply life itself. With its artistic blend of exotic instrumentation, rich layers of sonic texture, spicy rhythms, and enlightening lyrics in English and Sanskrit, it’s hard to believe this is a debut album.
It is entirely appropriate that their first recording as a duo celebrates the spirit of love, because theirs is a love story. A few hours after meeting they were singing harmony on each other’s songs, and then the next night a Jai Uttal concert led to a deeper exploration of chanting together. Within months they were recording and performing concerts together, and a year later they were married.
Oh, I love it when real life imitates fairytale!
“Our dream is to create music that joyfully celebrates life and to share this heart-music with others.” Maya says. “This is radiant awakening music for remembering who we truly are. We want the music to be sonic inspiration to embrace life with passion and purpose, to be all we can be, and to live a kind and loving life connected to our higher wisdom.”
Lofty goals, well met.
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Age Reporter.com – reviewed by R J Lannan
Calling Sita Ram with jingling bells and whining sitar is a prayer to unite man and woman and is presented as an eastern chant. It is calming and quite beautiful with its echoing vocals. It segues into Jai Sita Ram that sounds more like Da-Doo-Run-Run with a dance beat. It may contain less than four chord changes and has a lot of energy. I love it when westerners combine their philosophies with Eastern music. I guess I know now why the Beatles used Eastern philosophy in their music.
Heaven's Rain is like the strangely popular "I Want to Teach the World to Sing" of the early seventies. It has a very catchy melody and the words are easy to remember, so after you’ve heard it once or twice you tend to sing along.
Presented as a tender love ballad, Spirit of Love is the longest track on the album (10:07). It is a splendid accolade to the concept of love. It is the kind of organic love that is present in all good things and inside all of us when we shine with positive energies. Instrumentally it favors a moderate beat with guitar and bongos, but has a gentle flow that lingers on the mind and comforts the spirit.
Of all the songs on the album Ancestors' Breath was my favorite. It is very relaxing and thought provoking. Native American flute, the sound of soaring hawks, an owl or two and Maya’s warm, inviting voice pay tribute to the sacrifice and honor of the ancient ones. The honorarium quietly slips into the vocal My Breath in which Maya & Sage thank the ones who have deeply affected their existence.
“You are my
breath, family and friends
Lakshmi Ma has a surprisingly mellow piano score and a gentle flow. The pleasing, soft chant to Vishnu’s wife and Earth Mother is flavored with a ballad-like tempo and compassionate vocals. Very different, but very likable.
Like the two majestic ancient figures, Radha and Krishna that grace the resplendent cover art, the married duo of Maya & Sage is complimentary in all things music. They call themselves “Spirit Singers” and rightly so. Let your spirit be affected by their positive music and their positive attitude.
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Magazine – reviewed by Richard Giles
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Muse's Muse - reviewed by Steve Allat
They do this by being unafraid to take their original compositions and infecting them with their wide array of playing skills - adding backbeat, electric guitar, harmonica, world percussion and more as the songs dictate. Repetition being the strength of mantra, they use this simple universal tool effectively throughout to let the music get inside you in a way that if one part of you forgets, another will remember, and their work is accomplished. It's very refreshing to hear them explore new horizons by transcending traditional meditational new age musical boundaries.
Sage has a warm, soft voice and uses it well in accompanying on backing vocals while Maya's strong voice cuts nicely without being overpowering. She leads the way with confidence. Above all else, you can tell that these two enjoy all aspects of expressing the creations that flow through them.
Even though the pair are very influenced by eastern philosophies, Hinduism in particular, the songs stand on their own as mini-philosophies without many blatant references to any particular following - something which could have these songs heard outside the new age genre. Even if they're not, I'm sure they'll be quite successful with those who seek their music out.
Pleasantly surprised overall, especially at the diversity. Caught my attention a few times, something I wasn't expecting at all.
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- Editor's Chioce!
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Music Guide - reviewed by William Rulhmann
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of Unfolding – reviewed by Patricia Colleran
These chants and songs combine with diverse instrumentation (not often found on traditional chant recordings) such as harmonica, saxophone, wood flute, piano, Celtic harp and Australian didgeridoo to make this a truly original recording. One could call this spiritual feel-good music for a new era.
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– MUSICWATCH #9
To some extent the effectiveness of this album and its heartfelt songs and chants will depend on how strong your belief is in spiritual matters and whether you accept that the power of love can change the world... or just a heart. I'm really too cynical a person to judge on this, but I can tell you that a lot of work and soul has gone into the production of what is Maya and Sage's debut album, and it is an album that will win you over.
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– The Library CD Music Shelf
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Post-Gazette – Facts on Wax by Bob Morello
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