November 3, 2016

The 2016 Election Care Package

I don’t know about you but at this point in our election I feel like I need a psychic shower. The toxicity is stressing us out, and there’s nowhere to escap […]

June 23, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations With Kirtan Leaders, Part 3.

This podcast is the third and last of the series about where Western kirtan is headed, and features the second part of my conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben […]

June 18, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations With Kirtan Leaders, Part 2.

The next two podcasts will be released back to back, and they continue the conversation about where Western kirtan is headed. Creative artists today are facing […]

December 10, 2015

A Conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben Leinbach

One beautiful day last month my son Jesse & I drove up from San Rafael to Ben Leinbach’s studio where Jai Uttal was just beginning work on his next C […]

February 1, 2015

Cure Your Kali Yuga Blues

This week’s show started out being about the Kali Yuga — otherwise known as the Age of Quarrel — and ended up being about an epic back spasm t […]

November 29, 2014

A Thankful Heart

If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while you know that the kirtan community here in Corvallis started with a group of us singing to CDs — […]

October 8, 2014

Surprise Package

One of the best things about 5-years of  producing the podcast is the huge file I’ve accumulated of my all-time favorite kirtan chants. The show this wee […]

September 19, 2014

Memories of Bhakti Fest West 2014

This week’s podcast is very different from our usual Bhakti Fest wrap-up, and it’s because this year I had a very different experience at the festiv […]

August 5, 2014

Jai Uttal’s Kirtan Camp — and other stuff (Part 2)

This week we pick up where we left off with Jai Uttal in this second part of our conversation, listen to Part 1 here. Jai has lots of great insights about our B […]

July 25, 2014

Jai Uttal’s Kirtan Camp — and other stuff

Last week Jai Uttal & I had a conversation that started out to be about his kirtan camp, but turned down many other delightful & insightful roads. This […]

June 15, 2014

Krishna Das, Jai Uttal & the Love of Maharaj-ji

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“While the legendary Hindu Maharaj-ji passed away before my time, I’ve  been lucky to have had candi […]

March 25, 2014

Fresh Tracks 22

The Fresh Tracks sets are my favorite shows to produce. It’s exciting to hear new offerings from artists I’m familiar with, and others from unknown […]

March 7, 2014

Jai Uttal LIVE at the Denver Chant Fest 2014

Since starting down the path of Bhakti Yoga I’ve been blessed with many magical moments, and Jai Uttal’s kirtan Saturday night at the Denver Chant Fest […]

December 20, 2013

Dance Dance Evolution

This week’s show has the music to get you up and dancing through your last minute holiday errands and into the New Year — it’s also the last p […]

November 5, 2013

Sunday Satsang (Blast From the Past)

This episode begins a new series for the podcast called Blasts From the Past. As mentioned last week, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to put t […]

October 29, 2013

The Get Real Set

After what we just went through in the United States with the government shut down, I’m feeling angry — how about you? Being angry is not a pleasant […]

March 19, 2013

He Ma Durga

Durga. She is one powerful goddess. Later this week I’ll be posting the talk on the deities given by Dr. Manoj Chalam last month at the Denver Chant Fest […]

March 5, 2013

Jai Uttal LIVE at the Denver Chant Fest

Listening to this podcast took me right back to the magic of the Denver Chant Fest. I recorded a lot of great material — C.C. White rocked the house, the […]

February 12, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Jai Uttal, Part II

In Part 2 of our conversation, Jai Uttal & I chat about why he loves to do kirtan with children, and a surprise … why he found it so difficult to sing […]

January 24, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Jai Uttal Part 1

I’ve always admired Jai Uttal as a musician, and he was pure pleasure to interview for the Denver Chant Fest. Here is Part 1 of our conversation.

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January 15, 2013

Nataraj, the Dancing Shiva

Nataraj is the dancing form of Lord Shiva. Usually you see this depicted in bronze as the god Shiva dancing in a circle of flames with his foot crushing a demon […]

November 13, 2012

Running With Kirtan

Running used to be a passion of mine. I ran for years, usually to music, and loved it. Running has since been replaced with swimming & Yoga, and I love my n […]

October 16, 2012

The One For Peace

It’s election season once again, and here in the United States we have been subjected to a constant barrage of poisonous political ads for months. It&#821 […]

May 8, 2012

Shakti Fest Sampler

I’m off to Joshua Tree — one of my most favorite places — for one of my most favorite festivals. Shakti Fest is devoted to the Divine Mother t […]

March 20, 2012

Nighty Night

This week’s set is the first podcast I’ve done for children, or it could be for the child in all of us! The set is structured so it can be used to e […]

January 17, 2012

He Ma Durga

The word Durga means ‘invincible’ in Sanskrit. Durga is an incarnation of the Mother Goddess, and she is extremely powerful. She is also extremely p […]

January 10, 2012

Fresh Tracks 9

Bust my buttons if there isn’t just some mighty fine kirtan out in the world these days. The music this week was so juicy it was difficult to choose just […]

December 20, 2011

Bismillah

I’ve been haunted by the song “Bismillah” since I heard it several weeks ago. The word “Bismillah” comes from the Islamic traditio […]

November 27, 2011

Sunday Satsang V

My Thanksgiving cooking/Christmas decorating/shipment unpacking has kind of taken over my life. But things are progressing — I can sit down in my living r […]

November 8, 2011

Wish I Was There

This week I got a hankering for some of the live stuff. I missed my fix at Bhakti Fest this year, and OMmersion in April was just too long to wait. So, an all l […]

November 1, 2011

Om Namah Shivaya

This week’s podcast is about honoring Shiva, the name of the consciousness that lives within each one of us. “Om Namah Shivaya” means “I bow to […]

October 11, 2011

Healing

The weather is changing, and it fits my frame of mind. Oregon’s rainy winter has always suited my inner curmudgeon, and now the rain feels like a blessed […]

June 7, 2011

Gems

You’ve probably noticed the podcast is a day late this week, and if you’ve ever spent several hours loading software under a deadline you have an id […]

 
May 3, 2011

The OMmersion Set

I’ve been missing OMmersion, how about you? I’ve looked at all the videos at the Bhakti Beat (great site, check it out), and I wanted a music set to […]

April 15, 2011

There’s No Place Like OM

Sorry for the corny title, but Saul David Raye said it tonight and it’s so true. Imagine a place where everyone you meet is a friend, where everyone you m […]

April 15, 2011

Bhakti Fest OMmersion: Friday

It is a perfect day here in Joshua Tree. Warm — but not hot — clear and sunny. It is an indescribable feeling to be back, with the desert sand betwe […]

March 29, 2011

The Bhakti Path

This is a great video featuring Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer & other kirtan artists talking about the path of Bhakti Yoga. Thanks to our friends at […]

February 22, 2011

Sunday Satsang III

This week’s set was the convergence of two things; a really great satsang on Sunday, where we sang most of this set, and the arrival of several new kirtan […]

January 11, 2011

Sunday Satsang II

The chants in the Sunday Satsang sets are designed to be sung!  You can sing them in a group, as we do, especially if you’re also in a small town where l […]

 
December 14, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different

This week’s set is a mostly English set (that’s the different part).  Our favorite kirtan artists perform songs that aren’t in Sanskrit, and […]

November 16, 2010

Fresh Kirtan Tracks 2

This week’s set is another one of all new kirtan, as new CDs have been arriving fast & furiously.  And if you’re a fan of the October 8 Jai Utt […]

 
October 8, 2010

It’s All Jai

The podcast this week comes to you from Cape Cod in October—what more need I say?  The weather is incredible, there’s lots of seafood and I’m surro […]

September 23, 2010

BhaktiFestified!

I read the word “BhaktiFestified” somewhere recently, and it so perfectly describes how I feel—I’ve had a taste of the Bhav, and now there’s n […]

 
September 11, 2010

An Evening In the Bhav

We got back from Bhakti Fest too late last night for me to post (yawn)–I either have to get fitter or younger, because getting tired is a drag when there& […]

 
June 9, 2010

Singing in the Rain

As much as I complain, I really do love the cool green dampness of the Pacific Northwest. Good thing too, because last week was a record-breaker in the rain de […]