NEW RELEASE: AVATAR – ALBUM INFORMATION
AVATAR is a Sanskit word that describes one who has reached the state of perfection and who has returned to mentor others in the ultimate divine quest. In this album, I have written pieces to some of those that are recognized to have this exalted stature: Babavan Krishna, Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasay, Sri Yukeswar and Paramahansa Yogananda.
CHELA – ALBUM INFORMATION
In the Guru-disciple relationship, the chela is the blessed one where upon divine guidance and instruction is bestowed. The quest for enlightenment, indeed the ultimate destiny for us all, is the goal to which the chela employs his or her efforts. I thought this word encapsulated the spirit of this album perfectly.
Reverence – Album Information
For album titles, I try to find a word … one word that encapsulates the feeling I want to express. For this album, my third in this genre, I chose “Reverence”. It speaks of profound devotion and adoration.
In this album, I have tried to simulate a live kirtan performance, although I will admit that live performances rarely achieve the musical perfection of a studio recording. The Divine expresses itself in many forms. All are valid. We acknowledge each aspect with “Reverence”. The joy I feel when listening to this album is palpable. I do hope it is for you as well.
Invocation – Album Information
When searching for a title for this my second album, I wanted a word that encapsulated the entire span of my feelings. And so… “Invocation”. It is profound in its simplicity and complexity. Invocation implies reverence i.e. taking the name of a great saint and in uttering it, making every effort to attune through humility and deep respect, the vibrations emanating from that great soul.
TranscenDance – Album Information
Devotional chants are unlike typical songs. The goal of a chant is to bring the chanter into a spiritual mood or vibration, so repetition is a key component. Chants need to be focused on the lyric as well. Any accompaniment should not detract from creating this spiritual nexus.
It is said that when one has a calling, whatever it may be, that force is irresistible and must be pursued. And so it has been in the life of Lewis David Levin.
Lewis grew up in Montreal and had his first professional stage appearance at the age of 12. A recording contract, in his late teens catapulted Lewis into a world that would be with him to this day.
In the mid 80’s he recorded an album of original songs and lyrics entitled “Moments in Between”. On it was the Calgary Philharmonic string section and some of the days top studio musicians from Los Angeles. The album is world class even today. His music has been influenced by Neil Diamond and Christopher Cross.
The key driver in Lewis’ life is the pursuit of realization of the soul. To this end, he muses: “I wanted to write about that which I am most passionate. The lyrics can be taken as simple love songs, but in actuality, they are love songs to the divine, the feminine aspect of creation.”
“ ‘My Home in the Sky’ reflects an encounter with a higher being … a yogi … who directs the disciple on how to attain more profound levels of awareness.”
Lewis David Levin is writing and producing again; this time producing the sequal to MOMENTS which will be out shortly. Stay tuned!
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Ivy my best friend offered to me your 2 CDs for our wedding anniversary! She couldn’t have picked up a better gift !!! We loooove your 2 CDs…and play them all the time at home and in our cars!
Thank you for bringing 2 master pieces CDs that open our hearts to feel God’s Joy through chanting!
It was a labor of love and this can be felt in your music!
I have been playing your latest CD alot and really enjoying it. It is very beautiful.
“I have to tell you that your new CD is really blessing me. There are parts of it that literally bring me to tears every time. I have it cranked up in the car and it really has uplifted me on the commute morning and night to work this week. Then all day long, various songs are going on in the background of my mind. Actually having a hard time concentrating this morning at work because I’m so blissed out.
The end of the Samadhi song is particularly, excruciatingly, beautiful.
The hindu one at the end of course takes me to another place which is hauntingly familiar. I really want to try to memorize the words in that song and become familiar with their meaning Right now the sound and vibration are blessing me out enough!
Such wonderful, valuable work you are all doing putting this beautiful devotional music down, to raise the vibration of the world. Must be blessing you all immeasureably in the process.”
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