"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Music for the Soul

Christmas is a holiday of great spiritual meaning for me as a soul, it’s a time of reflection, memory, tear, prayer and joy. It is also a time to listen again to the same music of the soul that I have always loved. And when I say music of the soul, I am speaking about genuine Christian Orthodox music/ Eastern Orthodox chant/Byzantine music and about Romanian carols. Listening to this fantastic music provides me an  extraordinary peace and joy. I find myself in the middle of my spiritual journey and experience and I am greatful for every moment of it for I know that the meaning and purpose of this life is far higher than just live in the material world and enjoy worldly pleasures.

I had the unique chance to visit authentic monasteries that spread their spiritual light. In Romania, Serbia and Macedonia there are many such sanctuaries of soul and heart. Annonimous monks and nuns spread their light and love by prayer, unconditional help, dedication and by their unique music. One must stand in a church and listen to the echoes of a choir of  pure voices to understand what I mean. Music is pleasure for the outer world, but for them music is prayer, an energy of the highest vibration that allows you to touch the peace and joy of Heaven for a brief time.  It is the clarity of sound, the pure music expressed by human voices, the unity of a choir that creats those moments of spiritual revelation for those open to receive them. But in order to hear all this one should forget for a moment the echoes of the stressful life from the outside.

I will share with you three fantastic examples of music of the soul: Divna Ljbojevic/ Serbia, the Madrigal Choir/ Romania and Mizar & Harmosini Choir/ Macedonia.

“Blessed Virgin, rejoice/ Cuvine-se cu adevarat sa te fericim”

Divna Lubojevic is an outstanding Serbian Orthodox singer. After her voice was discovered by a very talented nun in the Monastery Vavedenje, Divna was initiated in the art of religious music. At 17 she was worldwide recognized after performing as the youngest conductor in the history in front of the oldest Serbian choir in the Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade. After years of study and cultural exchange with many musicians, Divna has created her own choir, called Melodi.

“You we praise, You we bless, to you we thank, Lord, and we pray to You, our Lord”.

The Madrigal Choir is one of the most famous Romanian proffesional choirs, belonging to the Music University in Bucharest. It’s name comes from a type of song called madrigal,  a secular vocal music composition, usually a partsong, of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras and traditionally polyphonic. Under the lead of the famous Marin Constantin has become a worldwide symbol for Romania. Their music is a brilliant fusion of Romanian musical traditions and culture, merged to create a most pure rafined cultivated form of sound.

The Song of Christ’s Birth : “The Virgin today gives birth to the One above being, and the Earth brings the cave to the One Not Near. Because for us was born as young Child, God before eternity.”

Mizar (Macedonian: Мизар) is a Macedonian rock band from Skopje. They achieved a status of a cult band, especially in Macedonia and across the former Yugoslavia. Mizar was formed in 1983 in the then Socialist Republic of Macedonia, a constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Because of the band’s avant-garde sound and image, its Orthodox Christian leanings and support for Macedonian self-determination, they were viewed with certain degree of suspicion by the former communist regime. Mizar’s musical style is post-punk, darkwave and gothic rock. Beside influences such as Joy Division for instance, Mizar also uses elements of Traditional Macedonian folklore and Byzantine music. Another main part of their music is Goran’s (both Tanevski and Trajkoski) vocals which are based on Eastern Orthodox church chants. Most of their songs are in Macedonian. The last album’s vocals are performed by a male choir, Harmosini, which sings in traditional byzantine style.

Mizar – Zdiv / Breath

Take a moment to listen to this vibration regardless of gender, colour or religion.

May it elevate you. And if it’s even for 1 minute, the message has reached your soul.

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memyselfandela, 2012

 

7 responses

  1. venit, văzut, plăcut; şi mi-a plăcut în special corul macedonean sună tare bine 🙂

    December 26, 2012 at 10:49

    • 🙂 stiam eu… 😀

      Sa ai o zi frumoasa! Si mie imi place mult Mizar. 😉

      December 26, 2012 at 10:59

  2. Divna Lubojevic is the best! The 2010 Mizar’s album Deteto I Beloto More is stunning, and also Isihia – Stihiri (2010) !!!

    December 26, 2012 at 13:04

    • I know, I love this music very much. Divna Ljubojevic has her unique voice, and yes, Mizar is an unknown band to many, but it’s absolutely fantastic. That’s why I thought of sharing their music today. 🙂
      Thank you so much for listening and for your thoughts, you honour me with your presence. 🙂
      Have a blessed day, Alexandru.
      Ela

      December 26, 2012 at 16:55

      • Thank you for sharing this unique spiritual music :

        December 26, 2012 at 18:55

  3. Reblogged this on memyselfandela.

    December 23, 2013 at 10:59

  4. DivinaLubojevic Name and Voice are “göttliche Liebe” I like all the music. Thanks!

    December 23, 2013 at 12:08

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