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Ross Hammond & Jay Nair: Hope

Read "Hope" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We are all one people. That bears reiterating, and is probably why 12-string steel guitarist Ross Hammond and Indian Carnatic singer Jay Nair have repeated their musical collaboration; Hope follows the duo's 2018 release Songs of Universal Peace (Prescott Recordings) as they reconvene to spread their message once again. One may ask what does an Appalachian folk/delta blues guitarist have in common with a classical Indian Hindu singer? Well nothing, yet everything. Just as John Coltrane borrowed from ...

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Ross Hammond & Jay Nair: Songs Of Universal Peace

Read "Songs Of Universal Peace" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If we all practiced a bit if mettā, there would be no war. The Buddha told us this, so did Gandhi, Mother Teresa and John and Alice Coltrane. All these folks realized the practice of mettā--loving kindness, or the wish that all sentient beings be happy and free from suffering--is the path to universal peace. The wish is simple, the practice much harder. The hope that others be happy and free from suffering must also extend to those you don't ...


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