Beloved sacred chant artist Snatam Kaur attended Khalsa Youth Camp when she was a child, and for the past three years she has been serving there as a staff member and Sikh dharma teacher. Founded by Yogi Bhajan and located in northern New Mexico, the camp offers children positive learning experiences and a chance to discover their joyful, carefree spirit. Singing, laughing, and music, of course, are essential parts of the program!
Snatam explains that she and camp director Siri Nam Singh, who joins her on this CD along with her band (Todd Boston and Ramesh Kannan) and a group of beautiful children, wanted to take the core of the camp and put it on a CD to share with the world. Kids and grown-ups alike will treasure this joyful offering!
The CD, a benefit album for the camp, has 13 selections, opening with “All the Colors of the Rainbow,” a short but sweet and cheerful song about love. “Forever and Ever Mul Mantra” follows, with the English words first and then the Gurmukhi, and the children joining in to sing the mantra. Snatam, a mom herself, says that she loves recording with children, and we can certainly tell. It sounds as if everyone on this CD is having a fabulous time!
Next up is “Share It All” a fantastic track that helps kids understand the rewards of sharing. In addition to sharing a favorite chocolate bar, or favorite teddy bear, kids sing, “Share the love that’s in your heart; the more you share the more it grows.” Tuba and mandolin accompaniment add to the lively beat.
“I’d Rather Be Me” with jazzy clarinet follows. “I’d rather be me than watch TV. I think I’ll go and hug a tree!” Fun lyrics let children know it’s okay to be exactly who they are. “Driving With Aad Guray Nameh” is next. Kids will love this upbeat track; little ones may find the rapid pace of the mantra to be a bit of a tongue twister at first!
“As We All Sit Down to Eat” is a lovely prayer of gratitude. The children’s voices are filled with grace as they give thanks for the food we eat.
“Ask Your Intuition” is a sweet song that teaches the important concept of listening to one’s own inner voice (kids will love the happy tinkle of the Glockenspiel on this one!). “Standing Like a Tree” gives children a sense of their own strength and inner power. English lyrics are interwoven with the mantra “humee hum brahm hum.” This beautiful song, with flute accompaniment, seems to sway like a tree in the wind.
Next up, “Siri Wahe Guru.” In this call and response track Snatam and the children are backed by a steady rock beat and lyrical clarinet. Then, get ready for some serious fun when “The Five Tattvas” starts to play. Children will learn all about Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether to a bluesy beat and awesome sound effects! (Thanks to the album’s producer Ram Dass Khalsa.)
“Cool Cat” is a finger-snapping and hand-clapping track that will inspire everyone to get up and dance. “Don’t be afraid to boogie and jam, stand up and wahe guru as fast as you can! Dancing around like you just don’t care; feeling God’s spirit from your toes to your hair!” Snap, clap, laugh and, of course, “boing” along!
The CD closes with two uplifting songs; a rockin’ “Peace and Harmony” and the heart-opening “Oh Guru Ram Das.” Snatam’s singing, as always, soars with radiance, and the children’s vibrant voices are like shining stars that twinkle alongside her.
Feel the “sheer joy” that flows through this CD. You don’t have to be a kid to love Sat Nam! Songs from Khalsa Youth Camp. These playful, loving, and heartfelt songs are for everyone–all over the world!