About three and a half years ago, my wife needed a backing track for mantra practice. Being a musician, with a little bit of experience in audio production from radio and podcasting days, I recorded a very basic track for her. One thing led to another, and eventually Kirtan Music became a huge part of my life.
At some point, this melody came to me, and I decided to do my best to make a listenable recording of it.
The project began in earnest in mid-July of this year when I recorded the first acoustic guitar track. I finally wrapped up the final mix yesterday, and published the YouTube video.
Here’s a link to the post at Shyamatara Das with more information on the recording.
Today I’m in the process of distribution elsewhere, with the goal of making the song as widely available as possible. I have no illusions of fame or fortune, but I want to ensure that anyone can listen on their preferred music platform.
Some of the music platforms will not allow songs to be offered without charge, but I wanted to make sure that the song is available for free to anyone who wants it. So it has been uploaded to the Internet Archive, and can be found at this link. https://archive.org/details/the-cowboy-mahamantra
It’s also available on BandCamp, with any proceeds from that being donated to the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos.
If you use Spotify, you can pre-save the track here.
It should also be available soon on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeart Radio and elsewhere.
I’ll either update this post, or add new ones when links to the other services become available.
I hope you enjoy singing along!
UPDATE: 2 November 2023
The song is now available on most of the major streaming services.