The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone is a collection of songs that celebrate a woman’s identity. The origin of this album’s title is two-fold: it’s dedicated to Janis Joplin, the amazing, full-throated, soulful but also broken singer from Sat Purkh‘s home state, Texas. She grew up enamored of her power – how she just put it all out there. Her nickname was Pearl and she was indeed a gem. But she was also damaged, as many of us are as women, in our culture and in cultures around the globe. May every woman who practices these shabads and repeats these mantras be blessed with her own grace, strength and power, and may her prayer serve to bless the lives of women and girls all around the world.
We recently had a chance to talk with Sat Purkh about her amazing new album.
Spirit Voyage: What was your inspiration for this album?
Sat Purkh: The Divine Feminine, the Adi Shakti. I wanted to do a follow-up album to Queen Be that had more of the shabad practices for women as well as include some other essential mantras from the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan for women. This album fulfills those goals and more.
Spirit Voyage: What makes this album different from the rest of the albums in your catalog?
Sat Purkh: This album has a more cohesive sound and instrumentation throughout. But it’s still my signature style of eclectic sounds and mix of mantras and shabads. This album has been forming in my mind for years, well, since I completed Queen Be really. I wanted to have a comprehensive collection of mantras and shabad practices for women available and I wanted to contribute my own style to them. There are other practices for women, of course, but these represent the core practices in my understanding of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings.
Spirit Voyage: Can you share a story from the making of this album?
Sat Purkh: We always like to include a cover on my albums, to find a way to cross-over into the world of music that more people are familiar with than our own inner circle of kirtan. This album is dedicated to Janis Joplin, so we decided to find something of hers that could possibly work. We ended up using an old spiritual she covered called Down on Me and combining it with the shabad I-yaanrhee-ai, which Yogi Bhajan called the Song of Victory. It asks the woman why she looks outside of herself for wisdom when it’s all within. . . . and the Down on Me tells the story of the dispossessed. I thought they made an interesting combination and the way they work together, well, it couldn’t have been planned.
Spirit Voyage: Is there something that your fans would love to know from the making of this album?
Sat Purkh: When I began this project, I put the word out and asked my fans which album I should do next. This is the one they chose–so I’m just hoping they enjoy it and that it helps them engage with the Shabad Guru in a new way, and realize their own identity in a deeper way, so that they too can have the opportunity to live their Destiny as I have been able to do these past few years.
Spirit Voyage: Are there any special contributors to this album?
Sat Purkh: Guru Nam Kaur did the I-yaanrhee-ai recitation; and she has a beautiful way of relating to the shabad guru as a conversation. She speaks the sounds as though she were speaking to a friend, to herself. It has a profound effect on the listener. I think you’ll enjoy it. And the horns were arranged and performed by JQ Whitcomb who was recently accepted into Julliard, I wish him well but will miss having him in my own backyard. All the contributors to the album are amazing musicians in their own worlds: Andres Cantesani from Puerto Morelos, Ben Finberg, Jon Gagan, Chris Ishee, Robby Rothschild, Har Dev. .. . they all brought so much to the sounds. Hard to single anyone out!
We love this new album. Sat Purkh’s music is soulful and timeless. You can check out more of her music here!