I started writing Sing Your Prayers about five years ago when I was getting into mantra meditation, and realised that mantra singers were, in a way, performing a kind of singing meditation and singing their prayers.
This concept struck a chord in me because I’ve long believed that songs are like affirmations. In concentrating the energy of a particular emotion they attract more of that emotion into our lives. In my case, I’ve even seen songs serve as self fulfilling prophecies. Things I write about have a way of coming true! Once again, I can only assume that’s because of the magnification of emotion that happens, not only when you write a song, but when you sing it repeatedly or listen to it and marinate in its essence.
For this reason, over the years I’ve become quite discerning about what I choose to listen to and spend time with. I’ve become more and more sensitive to the intention woven into songs. What I listen to is as important as the air I breathe and the food I eat. Listening to music mindfully has become quite addictive and I’m almost always asking myself, “Is this something I want to feel?” “Is this emotion serving my highest good and that of others around me?” It’s stuff like that I think about when I write songs and listen to music these days.
Years ago, around the time I made my first album, I remember writing an essay about how the sacred nature of music is often mis-understood or overlooked. I faxed it to my record label’s artist and development executives. I laugh to myself at that now. What in the world could they do with thoughts like that? They were in the business of marketing and selling mostly roots music and probably didn’t sign me anticipating I’d soon be championing music as a vehicle for personal growth. Maybe these days there’s a more mainstream awareness of spiritual or philosophical music aimed at doing more than entertaining people. I’m sure there is a greater need, perhaps more now than ever, for music that entertains and enlightens us.
That’s why I wrote Sing Your Prayers – for myself and whoever it reaches. It’s an affirmation. Maybe even an incantation. I hope it works like a sonic touchstone to lovingly remind us that we’re creating our shared reality – in both our momentous and mundane moments. That’s a big responsibility and a big blessing, don’t you think?
Sing Your Prayers ~ lyrics
In the arms of twilight sing your prayers
In the promise of daybreak sing your prayers
In the glare of high noon sun sing your prayers
We may never get it all done, sing your prayers
In the ear of your lover sing your prayers
In the din of thunder sing your prayers
In the shadow of new mountains sing your prayers
We will drink from distant fountains, sing your prayers
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
In the cradle of new hope sing your prayers
In the last breath of ego sing your prayers
In the earth we become sing your prayers
The best is yet to come, sing your prayers
ps, Sing Your Prayers is the first single from my new album, The Art Of Being. To download and enjoy a copy of the song – my gift to you – click here.