1. Heal your heart
2. Morning sun
4. God's perfect circle
5. I heard the voice of Jesus say
7. The shepherd
8. Song of the morning
9. Amazing grace
10. Bow Down
11. Return to your soul
12. I love you
13. The river is flowing
14. You give me strength
15. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
16. One more hour (The hallelujah song)
16 re-recorded and entirely re-interpreted versions of popular original Asher songs, mostly... but not exclusively... from the period 2007-2013. The unifying theme of the album is the sacred and mystical Divine inner impulse in us all, as a healing, visionary, consciousness-raising force of nature and spirit. This is music that opens the emotional heart, lifts the spirits and weaves a subtle, magical spell through the power of the channeled poetic images, melodies and rhythms. This music is Dharma, mindfulness, Kabbala, Christ consciousness and Sufi ecstasy rolled into one!
about the songs
There are 16 songs here that have all appeared on previous albums of mine... 11 of my own compositions, and 5 traditional ballads. I've felt inspired to completely re-interpret them for this album, and unify them as a collection of tracks that open and heal the emotional heart.
They all have a sacred quality, and a sense of spiritual intimacy. Sometimes I was surprised by what wanted to emerge in the studio... each song has a soul, and announces itself clearly to me, wanting the story to be told anew.
The title track, 'Heal your heart' wished to be irresistible and ecstatic, and for a Mongolian female to sing Daoist expressions of love! Then, the tender, native American ballad 'Morning sun', suggested that it move more towards the European American settler... hoedown style. The hymn 'I heard the voice of Jesus say' insisted on a sparse harp arrangement, and my pastoral folk-song 'The shepherd'... formerly a delicate piano-based ballad... came over all Greek!
Things continued to flow this way; an epic new age track of mine from 1999 called 'Return to your soul' seduced me into manifesting it as a Dylan-esque folk song, and the plaintive slave song 'Sometimes I feel like a motherless child' demanded it re-invent itself as a jaunty pop-song... almost appearing in disguise, with an uplifting melody and tempo masking the sombre theme.
They all have beautiful souls, these songs... unique and ever-changing. Some are like children growing into adulthood, whilst others lift veils from their eternal nature, showing a new beauty within.
I had the greatest fun recording them in Holland with producer Arno op Den Camp, and his Dutch/Hungarian partner Kerani. I'd get up at 4.45am on a friday and zip over to Limburg by car via the Eurotunnel to arrive by midday, ready to record for a weekend. We completed this album in three weekends at their house, where Kerani's Hungarian Mum and teenage twins also live, along with Ollie the opera dog. Family mealtimes were so cosy and easy-going, and I found it quite exciting that Belgium was only 2kms away, as was Germany! They can shop for food in three different countries there!
My Hungarian soul-mate Emoke found this great cover painting for the CD, called 'The unrestricted heart' by Johane Amirault, and designed this booklet beautifully, according to her fine vibration and sweet heart.