“Just recently, a fan wrote to me that when listening to my music she feels, ‘that everything is alright, that everything is okay’. To me this is so simple, so beautiful and so fitting. In fact, it is exactly this that I am transporting with my playing and my music – the space where you feel that everything is just alright. The music I play is saying to me all the time that everything is alright, and that my heart can relax, allowing me to feel safe. It took a while till I realized that the music I play for myself, which does good to me, is healing for others as well. This leaves me with a deep feeling of gratitude and also of humbleness.” -Parijat
A Message from Parijat, October 2014.
Recently I have been composing and recording the music for a Chinese documentary about personal growth. It is the first time that I have created music for a film, however I feel as if I’ve always done this. The documentary is currently in the post-production phase – more details, including the name of the film, will be revealed on its release. In addition, I mixed and mastered Tanmayo’s beautiful new CD “Lost and Found – songs and prayers of love and longing.”
Now I am starting to record music for a new CD for New Earth Records.
I was born into a family where no music or creativity took place but at 10 years of age, my school music teacher noticed my musical joy and talent. (I am still grateful that he talked to my parents). So I learned how to play the mandolin and switched after a few years of study to playing the guitar. For me playing music was like entering a world of my own, a world inside of me where I could be with myself and forget the world around me and feel safe.
After few years I started thinking that I should be a better player; that I should improve my technical skills on the guitar. I started learning more classical and jazz music. Through the ambition I put into my technical study, I was a better and more sophisticated player. After a time, though, I became frustrated that nothing new was flowing out of me musically and all inspiration was lost. I realized I had lost the natural feel and approach towards the instrument and music itself. After this I did not play music for 10 years. It was a time of heart pain and a time of loss when the impulse to play music again returned. During this time, I could not find any music to listen to which helped me to be with the pain I was feeling; music which would help to heal my heart and give me the feeling that in spite of all, everything was alright.
I started by playing piano and keyboards as I had no past experience with these instruments. Then slowly, playing the guitar returned as well. The music I started playing from that point on until today has been the music I was missing listening to — music which lets me breathe in and out with the deep feeling that everything is alright; that everything is okay.
It took a while till I realized that the music I play for myself, which does good to me, is healing for others as well. This leaves me with a deep feeling of gratitude and also of humbleness.