30 January 2006

Monday's mp3: Happy New Year (woof!)

Happy New Year!

In case you hadn't heard, it's now the year of the dog by the Chinese Lunar calendar. And tomorrow also marks Muharram, which begins the Muslim new year, on which Muslims remember the Hijrah (migration) of Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah in the year 622 C.E.

These two songs are from the out-of-print 1998 3-CD set China: Time to Listen on the Ellipsis Arts label (which has been absorbed by The Relaxation Company). Dadon (full name Dadadolma, or Moon Goddess) is a Tibetan singer-songwriter and strong voice for pro-Independence Tibetans, who at last report was living in New Haven, Connecticut. She sings the traditional folk song "Cuckoo" with Scott Kessell on percussion. And you certainly have heard of pipa player Wu Man, who plays a piece about 12th-century Buddhist priest Pu'an, who is said to have attained enlightenment through the chanting of sacred mantras.

[mp3] Dadon: "Cuckoo"
[mp3] Wu Man: "The Mantra Of Pu'an"
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Christopher W. Speaks said...

Listening to Wu Man's "Mantra of Pu'an", I really get the sense that by just merely listening to the song and reflecting on how the monk Pu'an attained enlightenment that the listener would undoubtedly claim a piece of enlightenment for him/herself. That is to say, the song itself is very enlightenings.

SpinTheGlobe said...

I don't think this song alone is enough to bring enlightenment, but its sense of beauty and peace sure can't hurt.