This album contains Chinmaya Dunster’s musical expression of feelings evoked by some of Earth’s most beautiful places. Gaia (the Earth Goddess of the ancient Greeks) is a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all life on this planet. Her garden of water, sunlight, rock and air supports us all. This music is a tribute of love to Her.
Track 1: Cloud Forest Sanctuary
Highland forests in the tropics are the greatest treasuries of biodiversity on Earth. This song evokes their misty realm of mystery.
Track 2: Springing From the Mountains
A stream tumbles down from the mountains, over rocks, through glades and gorges; bubbling, youthful, energetic – the source of life for the plains below.
Track 3: A Smiling Sun
With a protective ozone layer and a climate in harmony, the sun is a smiling benediction upon the Earth below. This song celebrates a golden harvest ripening under a smiling sun.
Track 4: Ocean Emotions
The oceans act as our planet’s lungs and circulatory system. This song responds to its moods—fierce and stormy, calm and welcoming; its reefs teeming with life, its black depths beyond our comprehension.
Track 5: Rainstorm
Rainstorms bring the blessing of sky to earth: from gentle showers like a kiss, to monsoon deluges like a great embrace. Without rain all life on land must dwindle. We mess with our climate at our peril!
Track 6: Blessing from the Ancient Trees
The giants of the forest have stood like sentinels for hundreds or even thousands of years. This song conveys their message to us: “In me is joy in being alive. May such joy be in you too!”
Track 7: Savanna Scene
The world’s savannas are home to the last great herds of wild mammals. We are lucky to have been able to witness such stupendous abundance. Will our grandchildren be able to say the same?
Track 8: Blue Sky Meditation
Lie on your back on a patch of ground and look up into an empty sky. Feel Gaia supporting you, firm and comforting. After a while it can seem as if the vastness of space itself is poured into you. Gaia is part of something far bigger than herself. You too are part of that whole.
Track 9: Desert Winds
Winds blow over the dry lands, picking up dust and spreading nutrients across the oceans and continents. This song conveys my feeling for their timeless journeys, without which our Earth would be a poorer place.
Track 10: The Disappeared
A tearful tribute to the many creatures that mankind has wiped from the face of the Earth forever: the passenger pigeon, the dodo, the giant moa and so many more.
Listen to ‘A Tribute to the Beauty We Have Lost” from Gaia’s Garden: