This is a labour of love. Matt and I met in Joshua Tree years ago and we felt an instant connection. Ever since then I knew I wanted to collaborate. We spent a couple of years traveling back and forth between Toronto and Hamburg, NY, where Matt is currently based, recording in two or three day segments. The end result combines all my musical influences more than anything to date - African, Middle Eastern, 70’s pop/soul, jazz and Indian spiritual music. My deep gratitude to Matt, whose musical voice is woven into the fabric of this recording, and to all the wonderful guest artists who contributed. I have traveled the world, but my heart and mind and spirit have ended up in India, and so my life has been a journey... from Cape Town to Kolkata.
01 Jai Ganesha
Jai Ganesha Pahimaam
Shri Ganesha Rakshamaam
Gam Ganapataye Namo Namah
Om Gam Ganapataye Namahah
Praise Ganesha, protect me.
Lord Ganesha, rescue me.
I offer myself to Ganesha, the Lord of beginnings
and the remover of obstacles.
02 Om Shanti Om
Om Shanti Om
Om, Peace, Om
(Om is the primordial sound of the universe.)
Surya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva
Sarva Kaayeshu Sarvadaa
O Lord Ganesha
Of curved trunk, large body
And the brilliance of a million suns
Please make our lives free of obstacles, always.
04 Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya
Shivaya Namah Om
I bow to the auspicious and benevolent Shiva,
who is my divine higher self.
05 He Ma Durga
He Ma Durga Jai Jai Ma
Praise to the Mother of the World
I am bliss, I am bliss
Bliss absolute, Bliss I am
07 Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Oh energy of the Lord, please engage me
in the loving service of Krishna
08 Om Namo Ramachandraya
Om Namo Ramachandraya
Salutations to the pleasing moon,
fierce lion, and powerful one.
released September 20, 2019
Produced by Matt Pszonak and Jim Gelcer
Engineered and mixed by Matt Pszonak
Mastered by Taras Petryk at SerpentOne Studios
Vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion: Jim Gelcer
Guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion: Matt Pszonak
Esraj (1): Benjy Wertheimer
Vocals (5,6): Dave Stringer
Additional percussion: John de Kadt
Bonus Track: Vakratunda remix (9): DJ Taz Rashid
Sanskrit transliterations by Dr. John Thomas Casey
Layout and Graphic Design by Gabriel Altrows
All compositions by Jim Gelcer,
except Hare Krishna by Jim Gelcer/Matt Pszonak