Friday, January 16, 2009

HARC: Blessed by Light

Dear gentle friends,
This post is an act of shameless self-promotion, so hit delete NOW if you care not one whit about it, and don't say I didn't warn you. If, however, you are the curious sort, and of a mind to support a couple of sacred musicians, read on:

Many of you are aware of my music, and of my singing partnership with Ruth Cunningham, a member of The Anonymous 4 vocal quartet. Our second CD project, HARC: Blessed by Light is now available. Blessed by Light contains beauty and fun, is great for tooling down the highway, for yoga, or just for hanging out. There are chants, tunes, rounds, and mantras for your heart, for group singing, to usher you into heaven and enjoy the party upon your arrival, and to help you be your best self on the way to work or right before you sleep. There are tunes that used to sound different somehow, tunes with other tunes buried inside them, and a bit of folk music thrown in for good measure. There are a few tunes from the new hymnal, Music by Heart. I think you'll like the variety, close harmonies, and instrumentation.

If you'd like a CD, they're available in Eco-Wallets here:, and will soon be available here: If you'd rather download the CD or any parts thereof, you can do it here: It will soon be available on itunes and a bunch of other online venues too!
Here's the tune list:

Arise, Shine – Tune by Ruth Cunningham, text from Isaiah 60:1, arr. Ana Hernández

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha - by Ana Hernández
The mantra of Green Tara. Tara is the energy that unites wisdom and compassion and protects us from the eight great fears: fire (anger), drowning (attachment), lions (pride), elephants (ignorance) imprisonment (greed), snakes (jealousy) demons (doubt) and thieves (false views). Tar in Sanskrit means to cross over, as in using a bridge.
Listen to it here:!

In Paradisum – Traditional Gregorian Chant

Sri Krishna Saranam Ma Ma - Traditional, arr. Ana Hernández
A liberation mantra to take you across the ocean of samsara (the phenomenal world); it frees us from the cycle of rebirth. Rough translation: Krishna is my shelter.

This Little Light - Traditional, arr. Ana Hernández

Tar A Thighearna - by Ruth Cunningham, arr. Cunningham, Hernández
Tar a thighearna, tar a hee. Translation: Come, Oh thou Lord. Come, Oh thou being.

Om Namah Shivaya - by Ana Hernández
Rough translation: I honor the Divine within. This mantra leads to spiritual maturity.

Come Light of Lights - by Ruth Cunningham, arr. Ana Hernández
Listen to it here:!

Christ Be with Me - Ruth Cunningham

Brother James’ Air – Traditional, adapted and arr. Ana Hernández
Psalm 84 paraphrased by Carl P. Daw, Jr. Used by permission.

Be The Peace - Tune by Ana Hernández, text by M. K. Gandhi
Be the peace you wish to see in the world.
Listen to it here:!

Ruth Cunningham – vocals, flute, harp
Ana Hernández – vocals, guitar, tongue drum, ankle bells, djembe, klong yaw, shruti box
Eugene Friesen – cello
Helena Marie, CHS – flute on Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha
Mark Dann – electric guitar, electric bass

Please send this email to anyone you think might be interested, because we love to make things for you and can use the support! Thank you so very much for your friendship, time, consideration and support. I really hope you like the new CD! - Ruth's website with appearances, lots of cool links and clips - for links to all Ana's music, appearances, and her book The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice

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