The Red Rock Rishis, a kirtan band focused on singing the Maha Mantra, accompanied with Indian mystical and New Age music, have recently released their second album, The Beginning is Near. Although all of the songs of this new album embody the Hare Krishna mantra, according to the mood and theme of the musical composition the melodies of the songs vary considerably in style. From "Starship Mantra" to "Crying for Vraja", "Stream of Nectar" to "Cowboy Chant", the listener receives both a meditative, uplifting spiritual experience and a wonderful musical journey.
One song, "Sri Ram's March Into Lanka", beautifully sung by two woman vocalists, is a portrayal of Sita Devi sitting under the ashoka tree and praying for her beloved Ram to come save her from the demon Ravana. This song is a three-piece composition. In the finale part, where the Hare Krishna mantra enters, one can just imagine Lord Ramachandra and the monkeys crossing the stone bridge over the ocean to come to Sita's rescue.
Following are some reviews that the Rishis' new album has received:
"Your CDs are ecstatic, a perfect way of filling the mind with transcendental sound. The tunes just stick in my head and keep me enveloped in a protective bubble of Krishna-smaranam all day." — Kurma das, cookbook author.
"I feel that the melodies are very energetic. When the mind feels down, if you listen to this CD, you recover. Whenever our patrons hear the Red Rock Rishis, many of them approach me and ask where to purchase this new CD. It is also very good eating music." — Rupa Sri Radhika dasi, MVT Restaurant Manager, Vrindavan.
"'The Beginning Is Near' is meditative and full of grace; peaceful and transformative" — Steven Rosen (Satyaraj das), author, The Yoga of Kirtan.
"I listen to 'The Beginning Is Near' in the office and at home. It's just what I have been hankering for: the constant transcendental sounds of the Holy Names in different varieties of flavorful tunes. Thank you, Red Rock Rishis." — Gaudachandra das, BBT.
"The Hare Krishna chant has rarely had so many variations of musical settings. Beautiful sounds abound, as well as pulsing rhythms. Creative synths, percussion, traditional Indian instruments and outstanding vocals give this CD a feeling of true bliss and wonder." — Pete Fine, musician and composer.
"I have been listening to your CD. Very good bhava." — Shyamdas, writer and kirtan singer, Vraja.
"In a time of busy lives, such heartfelt chanting creates a sound current of devotion that calms the mind and nourishes the spirit. Listen to it in the car, at home, while doing yoga, and the Hare Krishna mantra will carry you through the day." — Sraddhasagar, yoga teacher.
Listeners can hear all the songs of the Rishis' new CD release and watch two movies by logging onto http://redrockrishis.com.
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