To Be Home

To Be Home | 2010To Be Home is a rich collection of healing Kirtan chants and passionate songs of devotion in a lush acoustic roots musical landscape. Chant artist and singer songwriter David Newman (Durga Das), is joined by devotional vocalist Mira, Grammy® Award winning producer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), legendary drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney), tabla and esraj master Benjy Wertheimer (Shantala, Krishna Das), renowned bansuri flutist Steve Gorn, and guitarist Philippo Franchini. To Be Home is a genre transcending tapestry of spirited sound poetry that weaves elements of the past, present, east and west into a mystical and magical elixir for the heart.

Released: April 27, 2010
Produced by: Trina Shoemaker and David Newman
Nutone Music/Nettwerk Records


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Songs

  • 1. Jaya Gurudev/Ganesha Sharanam | Lyrics

    Gurur Bramha Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
    Guru Sakshat Param Bramha Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah
    Akhandamandala karam vyaptam yena characharam
    Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmai shri guruve namah…

    Jaya Jaya Gurudev

    Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha
    Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha
    Siddhi Vinayaka Sharanam Ganesha
    Buddhi Pradayaka Sharanam Ganesha
    Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha

    Dhyana Mulam Gurur Murti, Puja Mulam Gurur Padam
    Mantra Mulam Gurur Vakyam, Moksha Mulam Gurur Kripa

     

    Guru is the intelligence which illuminates darkness and thereby reveals what is real. Gurudev refers to the highest truth and can reveal itself in many ways. When it is embodied within a person, that person is known as a great teacher or Guru and is often referred to as Gurudev. While chanting this mantra, it is important to reflect on how you connect and open to that truth. 

  • 2. Heartsong | Lyrics

    It’s time for healing, time to have faith.
    Time for living with trust in God’s Grace
    Time for releasing all the things that you fear
    Listen to your heart and tell me what you hear.

    Time for giving and time to believe.
    Time to reap harvest time to receive.
    There’s no time for wasting with happiness so near.
    Listen to your heart and tell me what you hear.

    On a journey of a lifetime
    Above the noises of the crowd
    In the throws of passion’s fire
    Can you reach the higher ground
    Oh can you feel it, isn’t it clear
    Listen to your heart, tell me what you hear.
    It’s time for kindness, compassion and care
    Time to take action be bold and unaware
    Time to move forward while your vision is clear
    Listen to your heart
    Tell me what you hear

    Amidst the cries for freedom
    On the wings of prayer
    For the hunger, the desire, to feed a soul lost in despair
    Oh can you feel it, isn’t it clear
    Listen to your heart and tell me what you hear.
    Listen to your heart and tell me what you hear.
    Gonna Listen to my Heart and tell you what I hear!

    My heart song sings love each other
    My heart sings see god in the other
    My heart song sings love each other
    See god in the other
    Be kind and live as one, live as one…

  • 3. Heartsong Part 2 (Om Shivaya) | Lyrics

    Om Shivaya Namah Om Shivaya Namah Om Shivaya Namah Om
    Om Namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya • Shivaya Namah Om
    Om Shivaya Parameshwaraya Shashi Shekaraya Namah Om

     

    Reverence to Shiva whose eternal state of equanimity and peace watches over the world. Shiva is the truth of oneness behind the many forms. Om is the sacred or primordial sound that contains within it the creation, preservation and changing nature of the universe. The last line calls out to names of Shiva meaning, the Supreme Being resplendent with the marks of the radiant moon.

  • 4. Ram’s Journey | Lyrics

    Jai Sita Ram • Hare Rama Rama Rama Sita Ram • Jai Sita Rama Ram Rama Rama Sita Rama Ram • Jai Sita Rama Rama Ram • Rama Rama Ram • Sita Ram Sita Ram Rama Rama Sita Ram

     

    Victory to Sita and Ram, the very essence of happiness and fulfillment.  Rama and Sita, the Divine masculine and feminine found themselves in each other. From two, they became one, merging in eternity while maintaining the duality of form to carry out their dharma and serve humanity.  This union serves as a healing salve to seekers, expressing the teaching of Sub Ek – meaning all One!

  • 5. Like Rain/ Radhe Bolo | Lyrics

    Jai Radhe Radhe Radhe • Jai Radhe Jai Radhe Jai Radhe
    Radhe Radhe Radhe Bolo Radhe Govinda Bolo • Radhe Govinda Radhe Gopal

    It'll lift you up, make you whole
    Like rain it's falling shower blessings on us all
    Make you strong, comfort your soul
    Like rain it's falling shower blessings on us all

    Like Rain Like Rain Like Rain
    Like rain it's falling shower blessings on us all

    It’ll know your heart, hear your call
    Like rain it's falling shower blessings on us all
    And light the path guide your way home
    Like rain it's falling shower blessings on us all

    Like Rain Like Rain Like Rain
    Like rain it's falling shower blessings on us all

     

    Victory to Radha, the Divine lover. Govinda and Gopala are sacred names of Krishna, meaning ruler and protector of the cows respectively.  This chant speaks of Krishna who not only dances with His beloved, but who protects all of creation and all forms of life. Bolo is to speak or sing - as we do in this mantra to the eternal beloveds intoxicated with Love for each other.  The dance of their infinite hearts blesses the world and heals all hearts.

  • 6. To Be Home Namo Bhagavate | Lyrics

    I have been hiding out

    I have been holding on

    Like a bird in the ocean, looks up to the sky
    Been Bound  to my freedom

    Crawling on high

    It’s been such a long time
    Since your heart has felt mine
    Down the straight and the narrow
    With wings I would fly
    As the path fades before me
    I just let it go by

    To be home with you again
    All alone with you again
    Measuring distance beyond space and time
    What I haven’t lost, I will never find

    I’ll be on my way now
    Let this old wheel keep spinning round
    From a drop of your water
    To a grain of your sand
    From the distance between us
    Back to the touch of your hand

    To be home with you again
    All alone with you again
    All that I’ve chosen and all that I fear
    I must carry on now
    Please wait for me here

    To be home with you again
    All alone with you again
    To be home with you again
    All alone with you…
    Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

     

    This is a sacred mantra meaning we offer our reverence to the Divine Presence dwelling within.  It is associated with the sweetness of the Krishna mood.

  • 7. Bhavani Jaya Jaya | Lyrics

    Bhavani Jaya Jaya • Jagatambe Jai Jai Ma • Bhajamana Ma • Jai Ma

     

    Victory to Bhavani, the living Goddess! Salutations to Jagatambe, the Mother of the Universe! Bhajamana Ma – sing the name of the great Mother! Salutations to the Mother!!

  • 8. Lover of God | Lyrics

    I met a lover of God, a lover of wisdom, a lover of truth
    I met a lover of God, our hearts were singing, singing in tune
    I met a lover of God, a lover of mercy, a lover of all
    I met a lover of God, who gave his life and heard his call
    Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram
    Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram Sita Rama Rama Ram Sita Ram

    I met a lover of God, a lover of spirit, a lover of faith
    I met a lover of God, we were both headed in the same way

    Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram
    Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram Sita Rama Rama Ram Sita Ram

    The gifts were given, the riches shared,
    all you could ask for, it was all there…

    I met a lover of God, a pilgrim of peace, a king among men
    I met a lover of God, I’ll never be the same again

    Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram
    Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram Sita Rama Rama Ram Sita Ram

    I met a lover of God, a lover of beauty, a trusted friend
    I met a lover of God, I pray in time, we meet again.

  • 9. Devi Narayani | Lyrics

    He Mata Ambe Mata Devi Narayani • Jai Jai Ma • Narayani Narayani Narayani Namostute

     

    This is a hymn to the Divine Mother in many aspects celebrating Her as the form from which all forms arise and dissolve; as the great abode of eternal peace and compassion.

  • 10. Beautiful Soul | Lyrics

    How you have feared not knowing where you stand
    A blessings shared does not ask you for your power
    You called out to your God, you got on your knees and prayed
    For a reason that he came to you this way
    Hard to see that it’s worth its weight in gold
    Or even worth anything at all

    Do you know…
    You’re a beautiful Soul a beautiful Soul
    Do you know…
    You’re a beautiful Soul a beautiful Soul

    So much to bear swept away in holy waters
    Not knowing where this heart would find a home
    You reached for a hand
    and you made your presence known
    Seeking an answer how this time could slip away
    Hard to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt
    There’s beauty in suffering, the rise greater than the fall

    Do you know…
    You’re a beautiful Soul a beautiful Soul
    Do you know…
    You’re a beautiful Soul a beautiful Soul
    Do you know…
    You’re a beautiful Soul a beautiful Soul

    Om Namah Shivaya Namah Shivaya Shiva Om

     

    In this mantra we give praise to the Great being known as Shiva - that exists infinitely as all and intimately within each of us. Shiva is the auspicious or pure Self that dwells within.