Sarah Calvert

Masala: Memories and Melodies

by Sarah Calvert

Released 2014
Released 2014
A journey of a travelling musician; read it and weep. And laugh. This is a 74-page compilation of 11 memoirs, with an accompanying 11 songs. Listen to the song first, then read the story that inspired it, or read the story first, then listen to the song.
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Sarah Calvert has been travelling the world for decades, making and performing music, teaching Kundalini yoga, extreme skiing, sailing with Pete Townsend, jamming with Glenn Hansard, hiking mountains in Peru, being a wilderness guide, dog-walker, musical theatre assistant director and life-lover. Her place of residence is currently: wherever she is.

Her music reflects inspirations from Joni Mitchell to Debbie Harry, and Snatum Kaur. She's a little bit rock and roll and a little bit yogi. …
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Story

I wrote this while in Hawaii last year; on the eve of the earthquake in Japan. We thought it could have been our last night on earth, so I wrote this on my ukulele and imagined I had a lover. Really, my gal pal and I just drank red wine, ate chocolate, and did a face masque. Not too shabby.

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Story

I wrote this song one afternoon in Midland while hiking in a marsh. Really. I had a small scrap of paper I scribbled on the whole way. Some people may have thought I was being a bit anti-social, but I had to get the song done that day, because I was recording it that night. It had to be mixed and mastered the next day for a holiday compilation with Pie magazine. I think that pressure works for me. Anyone want to give me any more deadlines?

Story

I learned that native/aboriginal people sit in a circle for meeting to ensure that during discussions, there is no hierarchy and thus everyone remains at "Eye Level". I also love the notion that we are human beings, not human doings.

Story

This story was inspired by William Blake's Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience which I taught for many years as a high school English teacher. The themes are timeless and the messages universal; but they don't make me miss teaching much...that's for sure.

Story

I wrote this song while nursing a sprained ankle in Pisaq, Peru in the Sacred Valley. I had been meditating under a tree (in hopes of enlightenment of course!) and had some mystical experiences connecting with my mum Glo, who had died the year before. This song honours her and I am singing it to her with love and reverence.

Story

I am an odd duck who waddles to my own rhythm.

Story

I wrote this while sailing on Kootenay Lake in Nelson B.C. during a three day trip with my friend Shannon. No phones, no computers, no clothes; it was magical. Shannon helped me write the lyrics under a full moon one night sipping tea.

Story

This is a song to a dear friend who struggles with depression; as many of us do at certain times in our lives. It's important to recognize our inner light and to let it come "shining through" in those times of darkness.

Livingston and Evans

Story

This is a tune I used to listen to with my mum; the version by Doris Day. Later on, mum and I used to sing it together and harmonize; it was actually the only song that we ever really sang together and it has a special place in my heart.

Story

This song was written years ago when I was living in England and my boyfriend at the time had given me a Tradition guitar; we were going through some rough times and I it was the first tune I wrote on that guitar. The relationship didn't last but the guitar did; my cousin David still has it.

Story

Ah, unrequited love: the universal theme. I wrote this after coming back from a folk festival conference after learning that my crush of several years was indeed taken, and engaged.........sad for me. I then spoke with him a couple of years later, and as it turns out, I'm not really missing out on much.

Story

This song is obviously about a lover and the demise of a relationship; a really important relationship in my life. I still hope he hears the love if he listens to this song.

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Story

This song is inspired by family friends of ours who are living with Altzheimer's Disease. Eddie is a kind patient and loyal husband and I can only dream of finding someone as devoted as he. They met at a dance in Wasaga Beach in the 50s and danced to all the old tunes; where the lyrics were kind of schmaltzy, but heart-felt. My dad calls them "bubblegum lyrics".

Story

This song was a project I did in music school in harmony class. I just made up some lyrics about how I was getting side tracked from my studies by a very cute bass player.

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Gordon Lightfoot

Story

This song is near and dear to my heart; I love Gordy's music ever so much. It makes me think of Mum; I sang this at an open stage one night in Barrie and Mum was in the front row, smiling and crying. I think of her every time I sing it.

Story

This is a beautiful healing mantra in the Kundalini Yogic tradition, and chanted in Gurmukhi. It calls upon the healing energy of Guru Ram Das, the 4th Sikh Guru.

Guru Guru, Wahe Guru. Guru Ram Das Guru.

Story

I created this melody and chord progression in New Mexico during a yoga teacher training and presented it in the early ambrosial hours in the Gudwara. It is actually in sanskrit and by Patanjali and used to increase intuition.

Waa yantee kar yantee, jag dut patee,
aadak it waha, brahmaday trayshaa, it wahay guroo.

Story

This beautiful ancient mantra can be chanted for ourselves, or for others to help on the healing journey.

Ra ma da sa, sa say so hung.