Call and response

I am lis­ten­ing to Dave Stringer‘s Japa album, which I bought online. It gives me another chance to lis­ten to Donna de Lory, who sings many of the backup and cho­rus vocals, just as Dave did on her last album. This type of kir­tan is not for med­i­ta­tion, yoga prac­tice or even more casual lis­ten­ing when you just want to leave the music and lyrics in the back­ground — it is just too cel­e­bra­tory, too joy­ous to cul­ti­vate your inner still­ness. Despite the lyrics being in San­skrit and repet­i­tive, I feel myself engaged in the music.