The House Of Tansen


  1. We sang and danced and moved in circles. 2:55
    We sang and danced and moved in circles
    We let our hearts sing late into the evening.
    The joy of receiving and giving the love in our being.
    Like waves in the sea we were moving in harmony.
    We sang and danced and moved in circles.

    We are a medicine wheel in communion we join our hands.
    Friends with one voice one sound every step takes us round and round.
    The energy we feel, this is the power that heals.
    We sang and danced and moved in circles.

  2. Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Soha 4:25
    A mantra from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition calling on Tara,
    the female Buddha embodying the compassion of all the
    Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
  3. From a hidden place unite with your enemies 3:42
    Ahebw Labwheldbabaykhun is the phrase of Jesus usually
    translated as Love your enemies. The song uses a translation
    from the Aramaic language by Neil Douglas Klotz from
    Prayers of the Cosmos published by Harper, San Francisco 1990.

    From a hidden place,
    Unite with your enemies from the inside,
    Fill the inner void that makes them swell outwardly,
    And fall out of rhythm:
    Instead of progressing step by step,
    They stop and start harshly,
    Out of time with you.

    Bring yourself back into rhythm within
    Find the movement that mates with theirs.
    Like a pair of lovers creating life from dust.
    Do this work in secret so they don’t know.
    This kind of love, this kind of love creates,
    This kind of love creates it does not emote.
    Ahebw labwheldbabaykhun.

  4. Let Peace begin with me 5:16

    Let peace begin with me
    Let me be a source of harmony
    With a quiet mind and an open heart
    Let me have the strength to start

  5. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna 4:53
    Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama
    Rama Rama Hare Hare 

    Words in Sanskrit from the Hindu tradition. Hare is an address
    to the devotional energy of God in the forms of Krishna,
    the All Attractive One and Rama, the All Pleasing One.

  6. Saz Zikr – la illaha illa ‘llah hu. Zikr is the practice from  3:19
    moment to moment of remembrance of the One Being.
    These words in Arabic from the tradition of Islam
    can be translated as There is no reality except unity. 
  7. Om Mani Peme Hung 3:11
    A mantra from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition associated
    with Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Often translates
    as “Hail to the jewel in the lotus.”
  8. Bismillahir-rahmanir-rahim 2:39
    Words in Arabic from the tradition of Islam often translated
    as We begin in the name of Allah who is mercy and compassion.
  9. Sri Ram jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Om 3:36
    Words in Sanskrit from the Hindu tradition translated by
    Papa Ram Dass as O God who is both truth and power, personal
    and impersonal. Victory always victory.
  10. The House of Tansen 3:36

    Let my soul become a flute beloved, my body a flute of reed,
    Let my being be aroused in song and the song become my deed.
    Let the glory of God assert itself now that I came so far,
    Let the music of life come through my mouth just like a morning star.

    Let the start prepare the world itself for the coming of the sun,
    Let the flute assert, assert itself the music has begun.
    O Pir-0-Murshid who once set out to unite the East and West,
    Now the heart-vina expresses itself it must do its very best.

    O Mevlana Roum who made the flute reveal what is in the soul,
    That music became the way of life to the knowledge of the whole.
    O empty self, O empty one, may the prayer become the they deed
    Let my soul become a flute, beloved, my body a flute of reed.

  11. Kyrie Eleison, Ave Maria 6:50
    From the Christian tradition Kyrie Eleison is Greek and usually
    translated as Lord have mercy. Ave Maria is Latin for Hail Mary.
  12. Total running time 44.2 minutes.

    Tracks 1 and 4 music and words by Philip O’Donohoe.
    Tracks 2, 5, 6, 8 and 11 music by Philip O’Donohoe.
    Tracks 7 and 9 traditional arranged by Philip O’Donohoe.
    Track 3 Words by Neil Douglas Klotz from his book Prayers of the Cosmos used with permission. Music by Philip O’Donohoe
    Track 10 Words by Murshid Samuel L. Lewis used with permission of Sufi Ruhaniat International. Music by Philip O’Donohoe.

    Voices, guitars, saz, tar, tanpura, harmonium and keyboards by Philip O’Donohoe

    Recorded at Wirral Music Services on 7th, 9th and 14th August 1996 and 16th and 17th October 1996.

    Engineered by Mal Corum and Mike Watson
    Mixed by Mike Watson and Philip O’Donohoe
    Cover from a painting entitled Eye of Shiva by Maureen Morris.
    Cover design and artwork by Emily Zarb.
    Original recording released 1996.
    Reproduced 2012. © 1996.