Reviews of Parrish Light:
NAPA Trade Journal
This album by…Kirtana hooked me from the start. The songs have the radiance of a folk ballad, but with the emotional wallop of a steamroller and the spiritual swat of an angel. Kirtana’s voice is clear, yet mellow, and she is backed by just enough instruments to frame the song perfectly. The title song captures the iridescent mood of Maxfield Parish’s classic painting “Star,” which is recreated on the cover. “Happy Birthday, Jesus” is an honest attempt to deal with harsh realities and hope. Perhaps he could come again? “Would you please / send another star / we could follow through the dark/ to get a fix on where you are.” Great album!
New Age Retailer
The thirteen wonderful songs on Parrish Light represent wheat might be called metaphysical folk music. Kirtana’s stunning voice brings a sensual warmth to her brilliant lyrics, providing (I imagine) glimpses into her heart and her dreams. … Give yourself and your customers a treat. Do not miss it. Also well worth a listen is Healing Rain, Kirtana’s first album.
Heartsong Review ( No 15)
The deeply spiritual lyrics about the state of the heart and being human, along with Kirtana’s breathy, lovely voice and guitar make this album a delight. It places her among the best of women songwriter/singers. The songs are full of hope and sweet emotion, obviously a result of a great amount of inner processing work. Primarily slow, gentle folk guitar and vocals, Kirtana is backed up on softly jazzy cuts like Go Shine by a number of musicians on bass, piano, violin and keyboards. A strong commitment to caring is found in I Will “That endless blue can take you to / An existential point of view/Where the only meaning you can find you bring/ So just in case, no one’s there/ To Listen to my dreams and prayers / Just in case no one cares/ I will.”
Kirtana’s voice takes on a tender plaintive sound in Happy Birthday, Jesus and she muses on the world’s sorrows and speaks to Him “But peace on Earth, good will toward men/ Will have to wait/ ‘Til love an rise above the bonds of hate/… For all I know, you could be sitting next to me / So, I’ll try to see your face in all I see. Purnamadah Parnamidam opens with traditional chant “Kali Durge namo namah/ Chitti Kundalini, namo, namah.” Eclectic in nature, many references to God are made, both male and female. Several sensitive love songs are included…
Kirtana opens up and share her intimate insights. Take some time to really listen and let the lyrics sink deep within. Then share this with a friend. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by Sequoia.