Reviews of “Altered State” – Written by Mary Gospe
"Altered State" Review by BT Fasmer, New Age Music Guide
September 15, 2020
In our hectic, modern lives, longing for a little peace of mind is not uncommon. But Covid19 and everything it entails has made this need even more pressing. “I want to leave this crazy world for a while. Switch off the news and turn the radio dial,” sings The Song Gardeners on their new single “Altered State” – and continues: “Tune into love the highest frequency, and melt with the consciousness of unity.” It sounds tempting! The Song Gardeners may cure some of the tension 2020 has brought upon us.
“Altered State” has just been released! Be among the first to hear it:
In June we had the pleasure of introducing the new San Francisco Bay Area band The Song Gardeners. It features Corrie Dunn, Mary Gospe and Chris Day. They debuted with two original songs, “Love Flows” and “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu” (May All Beings Be Well). In our review, we wrote: “The two singles are a promising introduction to The Song Gardeners. Asking for more music, a whole album perhaps, seems like the only logical conclusion. We would love to see what more their garden has to offer.” Now the day has come, and “Altered State” is here!
If we were to put a label on the new single, it would be a ChillGroove/New Age Groove song. Its catchy rhythm makes the listener pay attention, and when Mary Gospe’s brilliant vocal comes on the band has our undivided attention. Leaving this crazy world for a while and joining them in an altered state seems like a great idea!
I love how the song flows; it is a well-crafted pop song. The rhythm is both soft and hard at the same time. Notice the synth effect in the beginning; it is almost like a low-intensity alarm before a much smoother synth takes its place. It is an indication of the shift that is “the altered state”. Above I commented on Mary Gospe’s vocal, but Corrie Dunn is backing her wonderfully too. I enjoy the almost hypnotic “swirling and spinning, no end no beginning”, and the seductive “Oh won’t you join me there? We’ll dance among the stars.”
On a deeper level, “Altered State” can be interpreted as a recommendation to log off social media, 24/7 newsfeeds and start meditating (using 1970s logic it might be more of a suggestion to do LSD or other hallucinogenic drugs, but I don’t think that is the case here…). Judging by the video, the altered state is about recognizing that our everyday problems are tiny (to say the least) compared to the vastness of space. There is a lot of healing in that.
“Altered State” is, all in all, an extremely promising single by The Song Gardeners! While “Love Flows” and “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu” very much appeal to us New Age music enthusiasts (we know that for a fact after having had the songs on high rotation on New Age Stars Radio for the last few months), “Altered State” will please a much broader audience. One thing seems certain; The Song Gardeners is a band to follow in the age of Covid19 – and beyond.
"Altered State" Review by Vivek Kumar, New Music Alert
Right on the spot! No qualms, no confusing treatment, no extra shining–just a direct, succinct, and an open call to everybody to ‘chill,’ and leave this uneasy and unsettling stagnation that we are right now in. Yes, this is what I got when I tuned to the new song from The Song Gardeners, where Mary, once again, lent her beautiful voice to the lyrics which convey the collective feelings of the society in the present situation, with poetic beauty.
She really wants us to join her there…in that altered state
Song Name: Altered State
Artist (s): Mary Gospe (The Song Gardeners)
The song is a ‘chill groove‘ number, and it feels like an outcry of the soul that wants to go beyond this elemental binding that is trying to limit everything–whether it is your movement, your connection, your lifestyle itself. And what seems to be the solution–making peace with it and going inwards. If you can’t travel far out, try traveling within and this song could help you hop onto that ride. Travel within and explore the marvels that lie therein.
What I like in these tracks by The Song Gardeners is the simplicity with which they convey their intent. Often, for me personally at least, the message is shrouded by the movements of music, and the listener gets carried away by the flair, but the art lies in keeping the vocals and instruments in a balance where your ears could pick what is being said musically. I just love this approach!
The song releases on the 15th of September (Pre-save here), and I invite you to give it a spin on your favorite streaming channels.
Let’s explore that altered state and find something new!
"Altered State" Review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD
The Song Gardeners is a musical trio from the San Francisco Bay Area featuring singer/songwriter, Corrie Dunn, performing on vocals, piano, and guitar, plus singer/songwriter, Mary Gospe, performing on vocals and guitar, and Chris Day performing on bass. The band’s motto is #love. Their positive, uplifting, original compositions are filled with empowering messages and beautiful harmonies.
Who among us does not want to escape the current craziness and chaos in the world? Here, in the delightful single, “Altered State,” we are invited to do just that. So, let’s go.
This “chill groove” vocal piece has got a great vibe and beat and is sure to uplift your spirits. This is a catchy tune with enchanting lyrics and music written by Mary Gospe, who has the lead vocals here with her wonderful, calming voice coaxing us hypnotically into the “escape.”
“I want a date with an altered state
I want to find a little peace of mind
I want to float in tranquility (so free)
In the womb of all that is and ever will be. . .”
Corrie Dunn adds a bit of ethereal magic with her backing vocals and soothing synth. Chris Day on bass gives the song a nice “floor.” The music is produced and mixed by David Scheibner, who also contributes expert guitar to the performance.
Free flowing, “groovy,” and a necessary addition to the playlist when the song releases on September 15, 2020. It will be available wherever music is sold/streamed/downloaded.
Be sure to catch the cool, trippy video here: https://vimeo.com/450856853
“Oh, won’t you join me there?
In this magical sacred space
In this altered state. . .”
Be sure to check out their website and other songs at their official website: https://www.thesonggardeners.com/
Lyrics and Music by Mary Gospe. ©2020 Zach Gospe Music Publishing (ASCAP).
Mary Gospe: lead & backing vocals
Corrie Dunn: synth & backing vocals
Bass: Chris Day
Guitars: David Scheibner
℗©2020 Mary P. Gospe / Honey Spun Records
"Altered State" Review by Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio
I would think that any sane person who can see this world for what it is, and the occurrences that are happening upon it, would relate completely to the lyrics of this song. Who wouldn’t give to live in an altered state? One free from negativity and control, a place of positivity and forward thinking and happiness.
The Song Gardeners are on a roll at the moment with hit singles like Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu and the every brilliant Love Flows. Altered State keeps that classy momentum going, an upbeat and vibrant offering indeed, perfectly arranged and exciting to explore, Gospe and her team are totally in the flow here, and this new single has the words huge hit written all over it.
Reviews of “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu” – Written by Corrie Dunn
"Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu" Promo by Chrissie Sheppard, One World Music Radio
"Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu" Review by Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio EU
Many would call Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu, written by Corrie Dunn a devotional track, perhaps spiritual, well yes it could well be, but apart from that it is another outstanding new single by The Song Gardeners who with their other new work Love Flows are capturing the ears of new listeners all across the globe.
How can you argue with the lyrics that state “May kindness be your guide in this world”? There are a few world leaders who need to learn that lesson, and quick!
The multi-instrumental nature of this track, the outstanding vocals, the message of the song, and the sublime production quality of this single are just what the world needs right now, just what my soul needed right now, and I am guessing if you’re a fan of really good music that can and will empower you to raise your own energies, you too will fall in love with Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu By The Song Gardeners, it is that good.
"Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu" Review by BT Fasmer, NewAgeMusic.Guide
“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu” (May All Beings Be Well)
Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu, a Buddhist chant of happiness, is our guiding star on the next song – where we are greeted by light percussion, electric guitar, and piano. I don’t know if Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu is a mantra, but it has that meditative quality. The lyrics are hopeful and inspirational, wishing spiritual awareness and good luck.
Watch “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu (May All Beings Be Well)” Lyric Video – The Song Gardeners from Mary Gospe on Vimeo.
It opens our eyes to the beauty of the world:
In the light, the colors of the earth shine through
Painting the hillside, every shade of green and blue
The song is about taking a spiritual journey. Following a sacred road will give you a new point of view. It is a journey of the mind, discovering how inner peace is the key to a good life, filled with compassion and beauty.
The recording and mixing are outstanding; notice how the song creates a “room of sound”. It is almost hypnotic, and I find myself wishing for the song to go on and on. A little over 4 minutes is way too little. An extended version would be most welcome.
In conclusion: Minnie Amoniuer, the 18th-century poet, said, “there’s always music among the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” The music of The Song Gardeners also has this quality. It makes our hearts quiet. It opens our minds too. The two singles are a very promising introduction to The Song Gardeners. Asking for more music, a whole album perhaps, seems like the only logical conclusion. I would love to see what more their garden has to offer!
"Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu" Review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD
“May you lead with compassion. . .May kindness be your guide in this world. . .”
The song title of this new single by The Song Gardeners translates to “May all beings be well.” This is a very timely and beautiful song for all we are facing in these challenging times and beyond. The feeling of deep peace pours out over us like sweet salve to the soul in this soothing, “mantra” style song.
The Song Gardeners is a musical trio from the San Francisco Bay Area featuring singer/songwriter Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (vocals, guitar, flute), and Chris Day (bass). Their original songs are filled with positive, empowering messages and beautiful harmonies. The band’s motto is “#LOVE.” Love is powerful and eternal, and here in this lovely song written by Corrie Dunn and produced and mixed by David Scheibner, we are gently invited to remember, embrace, and lead with love and compassion in all we do.
Corrie Dunn on lead vocals here gives us a fabulous 4 minutes of calming, grounded serenity. Soft percussion, lower register piano, guitar, and backing vocals by Mary Gospe bring real peace to the spirit. This is almost magical! Be well, all.
Available here, and wherever music is streamed/downloaded (June 18, 2020): https://www.TheSongGardeners.com
Be sure to watch the gorgeous video (available to the public June 18):
Connect with The Song Gardeners on Facebook:
℗ ©2020 Corrie M. Dunn / Honey Spun Records.
Lyrics and Music by Corrie Dunn. ©2020 Corrie Dunn Music (ASCAP). Corrie Dunn: lead & back vox, piano. Mary Gospe: back vox. Additional guitars by David Scheibner.
"Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu" Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
The Song Gardener’s return to Rate The Tracks with another single titled “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu,” translated it means “may all beings be well.”
After hearing the words and music you cannot help feeling empowered with all the positive spiritual energy this fantastic trio puts out into the universe.
Once again Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (vocals, guitar, flute), and Chris Day (bass), make their mark in the world of new age music with a classic mantra.
May all of you beings be well and listen to the music to help the healing along the way. Give it a listen now, the good vibes will relax you and and put a positive spin on your day!
"Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu" Review by Vivek Kumar, Newmusicalert.in
Soft egg shakers and a lilting guitar invite you to another mantra music beauty by The Song Gardeners–Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu (May All Beings Be Well). The perennial call that recognizes all the beings as one consciousness. Its soft pace and rhythm almost make you shake your body.
Lyrics of the song are written by Corrie Dunn, and the song invites you to open yourself to that universal oneness which will expand the understanding that you carry about yourself.
Check the video of the song here:
I am reminded of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore when I heard this song. One of his most popular poems ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear” has these lines:
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
A similar sentiment is expressed in this song,
“May you lead with compassion
May kindness be your guide in this world”
The human mind, born out of that consciousness, calls, again and again, to tap that source, though it itself is the biggest barrier in reaching that level–tuning to such soulful music is one sure way in which it could be tamed and made to listen to the higher self.
The mood of this song, unlike the other from the same band, ‘Love Flows,’ is oriented towards prayerfulness. ‘Love Flows’ is more of a chant, which helps you to enjoy a state or kind of an affirmation; “Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu’ is more of a prayer, which invites you to immerse yourself in the flow. Both are so beautiful and appropriate for times such as these!
Reviews of “Love Flows” – Written by Mary Gospe
Love Flows Promo by Chrissie Sheppard, One World Music Radio
"Love Flows" Review by Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio EU
I have come to expect quality compositions these days, the genre that could loosely be described as New Age is on the upward march and now embracing the ever growing singles market, but today I was utterly blown away with this latest single by the band The Song Gardeners entitled Love Flows, written by Mary Gospe.
The combination that brings the magic to our ears is singer/songwriter Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (lead vocals, guitar, flute), and Chris Day (bass) with additional guitars are by David Scheibner.
As a guitarist myself I loved the work on this new single, its music to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Love Flows is simply musical beauty at a whole new level, and I testify to that, as this is now my fifth consecutive play and it won’t be my last. Here is a composition bathed in something we desperately as a planet need now, positivity, it is without doubt an absolute must buy song indeed.
"Love Flows" Review by BT Fasmer, NewAgeMusic.Guide
The single “Love Flows” is a welcoming and highly optimistic pop/crossover song. The slow rhythm, steel-string guitar and bass lay the foundation before Mary Gospe enters the stage. Her magnificent vocal makes you hang on to every word. The lyrics are about how the journey of self-discovery and love is impossible without peace. “In this stillness, may you be blessed, comforted in times of chaos and stress,” sings Gospe. It is a timely message; rarely have we needed quiet contemplation more than now. But the song’s purpose is not limited to the age of Covid19 and racial riots.
Notice the inspiring conclusion:
May you discover your own truth
May you find your purpose, what you’re here to do
May you fall in love with who you are
An exquisite shining star
This is a life-changing discovery, in my opinion. It is the essence of the self, something you wished you had known when you were in your teens. It is as beautiful as it is important.
I love the melody! I could listen to it all day, and still be amazed by its loving atmosphere. I also like the production and the electric guitar in the end. “Love Flows” is a genuine soft pop song with broad appeal. Its replay value is obvious from the first listen. And most importantly; it is a fabulous introduction to The Song Gardeners!
“Love Flows” by The Song Gardeners Single Review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD
In these challenging times, wouldn’t you love to be able to drop effortlessly into a hypnotic, meditative state? “Love Flows,” a single release (June 18, 2020), by The Song Gardeners, written by Mary Gospe and produced and mixed by David Scheibner, is a “chill” mantra song that invites listeners to do just this. Here you can experience deep peace. Who doesn’t need that right now?
The Song Gardeners is a musical trio from the San Francisco Bay Area featuring singer/songwriter Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (vocals, guitar, flute), and Chris Day (bass). Their original songs are filled with positive, empowering messages and beautiful harmonies. The band’s motto is “love.” Yes, we can tell. “Love Flows” has a very healing, loving quality to it.
Beautiful and calming vocals here sung by Mary Gospe and backing vocals by Corrie Dunn, bring us into a state of harmony and peace from the get-go. Sweet flute adds perfectly to the mood. This is just over 4 minutes of “mantric” serenity. And it’s where we all need to be. You will feel yourself simply surrendering to the tranquility. This is wonderful, timely, healing energy to the planet. Irresistible, compelling, and flowing with peace and love.
“In the peace and calm, love flows to all
In the peace and calm, love flows
And in this stillness, may you be blessed
Comforted in times of chaos and stress
Held safely in arms of tenderness
Warmed by love’s gentle caress. . .”
The beautiful cover photo for “Love Flows” is by Chris Day. Seems like another invitation. Let’s all go there.
"Love Flows" Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
The Song Gardeners is a musical trio from the San Francisco Bay Area featuring singer/songwriter Corrie Dunn (vocals, piano, guitar), singer/songwriter Mary Gospe (vocals, guitar, flute), and Chris Day (bass).
This song is titled “Love Flows.” As the love flows, so does the gorgeous vocal harmonies as I am certain you will agree when you listen to the stream provided.
This is new age themed music with a clear and concise message of positiveness, spirituality and above all, love. Listen now and get ready to be transported to another dimension of total relaxation with “Love Flows.”
"Love Flows" Review by Vivek Kumar, Newmusicalert.in
In the peace and calm, love flows to all;
In the peace and calm, love flows.
What a call!–especially, in times like these, when they say the tempers are tested and character is trialed on the anvil of extremities. With so many distractions, delusions, and disturbances trying to play non-stop with one’s mind, it becomes exceedingly difficult to withdraw it and focus on the simplicity and easiness of the flow, with which everything goes on in this universe. To think of that force, to imbibe it, and to put it forth with a musical layer is something very unique.
The Song Gardeners, a trio based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has produced this lovely mantra song, which could transport you to another level of existence within seconds. Check out this video:
Filled with a soothing ambiance and positive words, the song brings a sense of rest to the mind. Almost jazz in its genre, this ‘chill’ music is up for the grabs for peeps who are fed up with all the tantalizing news and social media tinsel that covers the inner shine. I would be playing it on ‘repeat’ for a long time!
If you would like to know the lyrics of the song, here is the link.
Mary Gospe is the lyricist and lead vocalist of the song, and also plays the hypnotic flute. Backing vocals and piano are provided by Corrie Dunn. Bass is by Chris Day and additional guitars by David Scheibner, who also happens to be the producer and mixer of the song.