Sundays are the momentary transient days of reflection, calm and retrospection where time never seems enough. As I sit here this Sunday and think back, think ahead while immersing myself in the moment I needed a soundtrack for the day that echoed my longing and roots and so I went thorugh my collection to find something I hadn’t heard in a while.
This album is something close to home. A beautiful body of work and piece of music that inspires and transports. I’ve been a longstanding admirer of Ry Cooder and in this masterpiece “A Meeting By The River” he effortlessly combines and amalgamates his guitar within the enveloping of VM Bhatt’s Mohan Veena(an instrument he created similar to the classical Veena) along with the tabla back bone to the inspiring flowing album. Indian instruments are inherently embedded in my soul also more so in this strange life where my parents would always play Indian classical music in the house when I was growing up.
This album is where east and west collide, meet and reconcile in amalgamation in the eternal art form of their musical roots. This album was recorded less than an hour after Ry and V.M. first ever met each other.
A Meeting by the River is an album recorded by Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt; it was recorded in September 1992 and released in April 1993 through the record label Water Lily Acoustics. This improvised, collaborative album features Cooder on slide guitar and Bhatt on the Mohan veena, a stringed instrument created by Bhatt himself. A Meeting by the River was produced by Kavichandran Alexander and Jayant Shah, engineered by Alexander, and mastered by Kevin Michael Gray and Paul Stubblebine. It peaked at number four on Billboard’s Top World Music Albums chart, and earned Cooder and Bhatt Grammy Awards for Best World Music Album at the 36th Grammy Awards (1994). The album is included in Tom Moon’s 2008 book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.(Source:Wiki)
May this album stir your soul the way it does mine.