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Album Review: Gratitude Joy 3
Paul Avgerinos
Cover image of the album Gratitude Joy 3 by Paul Avgerinos
Gratitude Joy 3
Paul Avgerinos
2024 / Round Sky Music
68 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Gratitude Joy 3 is a collaborative album by Paul Avgerinos, Siddhant Bhatia and Keerthy Narayanan that features more than 100 musicians and singers. Based on the theme of "Gratitude or Joy, if you manifest one, the other will follow," the album is a collection of fourteen songs and instrumentals that overflow with heartfelt devotional bliss. The three principal artists have collectively spent decades in various facets of the music and film worlds and have been widely recognized for their work. Quoting the Round Sky Music website:

"This album, a meditative reflection set against a backdrop of global discord, offers a sanctuary for the soul. In its chords and chants lies a path to the center, a journey inward, where the turmoil of the world fades into a harmonious oneness. It stands as a testament to the power of music to transcend, transform, and transport us to a realm where the cycle of gratitude and joy replenishes the spirit, offering solace in the midst of chaos."

The album was shaped with the enlightened vision of Paul Avgerinos, an artist with twenty-seven albums and many awards to his credit. It was co-produced with the unique spiritual and creative energies of Siddhant Bhatia and Keerthy Narayanan. An inspiring mix of chants, songs and instrumentals, the music combines traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles and instruments while maintaining a distinctive Middle Eastern flavor. I would love to see a translation of the various lyrics and chants, but the message of the music communicates well without being able to understand the words. A heartfelt dedication to world peace, Gratitude Joy 3 invites listeners to take a transformative journey that transcends the ordinary and uplifts the spirit.

It is interesting to note that the first seven tracks on the album are sung and/or chanted with instrumental accompaniment and the second half of the album is made up of instrumental arrangements of the same seven pieces. I didn't notice this at first because only the titles of the instrumentals are in English. Ranging from warm and uplifting to darker and more mysterious, from melodic to very ambient, the music offers a safe and healing escape from the violence and madness of today's world. I hope the world is listening and will embrace this message of hope and unity!

There are currently four videos that can be viewed on YouTube as well as the RoundSkyMusic.com website that are beautifully hypnotic and calming, providing more insight into the meaning of the music with beautiful graphics to illustrate its messages.

Gratitude Joy 3 is available to download and/or stream from RoundSkyMusic.com, Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, and streaming platforms including Spotify.
June 18, 2024
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