|Belinda Carlisle||Wilder Shores|
|Edsel||S29 Sept. 2017|
Belinda Carlisle — Wilder Shores (29 Sept. 2017)φφ→ The Go~Go’s singer, 58, on wanting to be the bad girl, discovering Buddhism and how her marriage survived her addictions.
φφ→ Belinda explains: I have been practicing Kundalini Yoga for over twenty five years and in the last twelve years I have built up a serious practice routine and begun studying the mantras that are used in classes much more closely. I’ve always wanted to do an album like this but I never felt I was ready until early in 2015. It’s not just music on this album, it’s a science that requires an element in the voice called the naad. Naad is almost a transference of energy through the voice and it wasn’t easy for me to learn. φφ→ That being said, I am a pop singer so I could never be a traditional chant or kirtan artist as it would not be true to who I am. Wilder Shores is therefore still a pop album with the same structure of verse, bridge and chorus as my previous records but it is done with repetitive chanting. I’ve chosen seven mantras (there were thousands to choose from) that have been really effective for me and put them into the pop song format. If you were to put it on in the next room or in the background you would think they are pop songs, but when you listen you can hear it’s not in English but in the language of the Gurus, Gurmukhi. This project came completely from the heart and from the experience that I have had with chanting. I wanted to share with my fans what I feel can be a life changing practice for anyone. I decided to include an acoustic version of “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” on this album because lyrically it is and always has been a song of hope. I’ve performed it in a very broken~down form in big yoga classes, and have had many people coming up to me afterwards to say they didn’t realize the lyrics were so in keeping with yogic philosophy until they heard it stripped of all its production.
Location: Hollywood, CA
Album release: 29 Sept. 2017
Record Label: Edsel
01. Adi Shakti 7:19
02. Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad 6:32
03. Light of My Soul 4:32
04. Rakhe Rakhan Har 4:51
05. Har Gobinday 5:59
06. Humee Hum Brahm Hum 4:44
07. Aad Guray Nameh 5:05
08. Long Time Sun 2:30
09. Heaven Is a Place on Earth (2017) 4:02
℗ 2017 Demon Music Group Ltd.
φφ→ “Beautiful album. Belinda has remained true to her vision for this album, despite thinking this album wouldn’t work, I was totally wrong. Her voice is still wonderful, the music is stunning and these mantras in a “pop” style really do work. There are a couple of English language tracks also and a reworked version of Heaven Is A Place On Earth to keep “pure pop” fans happy.
φφ→ Belinda proves herself to be an artist with vision and faith in her vision! If she decides in the future to do another “mature pop” album, then she still has the vocals to make it amazing. Well done Belinda....give this album a try!” — John Kennedy
Belinda Carlisle: ‘After three decades of cocaine use, I can’t believe I’m not dead’
Ruth Huntman, Saturday 12 August 2017 14.00 BST / Score:
φφ→ “After I got sober my son told me that when he was three he thought I lived at the airport.”
φφ→ Being famous for fame’s sake wasn’t the goal when I co~founded the Go~Go’s. I just wanted to sing and have a laugh. But social media and reality shows like American Idol have created a malignant narcissism. I thought it was the end of music when they started.
φφ→ After three decades of cocaine addiction I can’t believe I’m not dead. I should actually look like the Phantom of the Opera with just two holes in the front of my face. I’m contrary by nature and think my addiction owed a lot to that. I always wanted to be a bad girl. I loved all the edgy drug films that made me want to go out and do drugs. I was just born that way.
φφ→ When I started to make money I went a bit crazy. Once I went to the race track and woke up the next morning owning a horse. I’d been drinking, doing drugs and betting and it seemed like a good idea at the time.
φφ→ Discovering Buddhism and chanting a few years before I got sober at 47 was so powerful. It was like holding a mirror up and realising I was in serious trouble. My new album is Buddhist chants in pop form and it’s really personal. Some people won’t like it, but I’m not going to just crank stuff out for the sake of it.
φφ→ My absence as a mother when my son James was growing up is my biggest regret. After I got sober he told me that when he was three he thought I lived at the airport. That really hurt.
φφ→ After I got sober my son told me that when he was three he thought I lived at the airport.
φφ→ I always felt like an imposter until I got sober. I once saw people queuing to see me outside an arena and all I thought was: “Why are they here to see me?”
φφ→ I’m a little bit wary of people. It freaked me out when a fan connected with me on social media then had plastic surgery to look like me, dyed his hair the same colour and got a pug dog like mine. He was also a hacker so I had to change all my passwords. It was disturbing, but I think that sort of thing happens to well~known people all the time, especially now.
φφ→ Marriage isn’t easy. I’ve been married to Morgan [Mason] for 31 years, but we’ve always given each other space. We actually like each other and he still makes me laugh. I put him through the wringer with my addiction and when I asked him once why he stuck with me he just said he always saw the person underneath. My husband is much evolved.
φφ→ My son has made me more politically active when it comes to LGBTQ rights. φφ→ When he came out, I worried about what the world was going to be like for him. He’s so smart and he’s been an activist since he was 17, but with the way the way the world’s going, I did worry about him.
φφ→ The American Dream always felt possible to me. Against all odds — the tough upbringing, the addiction, the pop life, all my experiences — I think that attitude is why I’m still sitting here, soon to be 60.
|Belinda Carlisle||Wilder Shores|
|Edsel||S29 Sept. 2017|