A very tough year for so many – myself included. However, singing has very fortunately brought me a form of emotional stability (despite four house-moves this year, university challenges, daily travel, teaching part-time and assisting behind-the-scenes of the community – all this, plus singing!) – music has been my Saviour to an insanely challenging time; and to this end, I have been blessed to work with some of the most wonderfully kind, and brilliantly talented musicians on the planet via the Smule App. Each song was crafted with so much love and passion – singing for any serious artist is a lifelong practice in pitch, timing, song choices, beauty, empathy, rhythmic challenges and sheer perseverance.
I am deeply grateful for my family, friends and musical collegues (whether in the flesh or cyber, local or international); for without, I would not have survived this very harsh year.
So here are some of the most endearing and beautiful Christmas recordings; and some ‘other’ beautiful songs to entertain and uplift you – I sincerely hope you enjoy them – please ‘like’ and ‘share’ this post far and wide – music is the glue that connects and unites humanity – the Universal language!!
Its been quite some time since I wrote a post – so much has happened in the past many months. The Australian bushfires that took the lives of many people, more than 1500 homes and a guess-timate of a staggering 1.25 billion native animals, and displaced 1000’s of people and their businesses and whole towns turned to ashes. And if that wasn’t enough suffering, we then suffered (with the rest of the world) a full lockdown with CoVid-19, millions losing their livelihoods, dreams dashed, innovation and community spirit rallying, all this amongst additional awareness raising of ‘Black Lives Matter‘ rallies that ironically then caused further lockdown in the state of Victoria. Its been a huge time for everyone.
I personally had three house moves in five months directly due to these events – life turned upside down for a while; and I lost all ‘traction’ with my video-business-card film business, instead, teaching ESL (English to 2nd language learners) online, and praying daily, for financial respite. Just beginning again, to gain a little movement forward in life again. Phew, tough times!
A selection of beautiful songs, quotes and pictures from over the last few months and years about, Love & Light ~ sung solo or within duets, or poems and verses collated by Jaya [no rights reserved]
Run to You
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLS BY JAYA Please find below, links to the 2018 Christmas carols – a playlist compiled with all my favorite singers from around the world who have laboured to bring you so many beautiful songs for free.
These songs are not studio sound balanced and therefore, best sound is heard with headphones.
Each song must be clicked individually, and will open in a separate tab.
Merry Christmas, sung with love, Jaya Khoobsurat ~ December 2018
I’ve been singing so much the past eight months – every single day. Sometimes all day; into the night; all through the night – going to bed at early morning; then starting all over again… its been a huge time of creativity, relentless practice. I have been so busy with ‘other’ creative pursuits this past year, including the gift of travelling to Canada (Vancouver BC; plus Calgary & Banff in Alberta) – the first time in my life I’ve had ‘time’ to develop my other interests. I’ve worked with other musicians to craft a new original song, volunteered in film competitions, produced short films of my own and… sung. There is now more than 2000+ songs on my Smule channel – each one crafted, one at a time, all songs are a labour of love, unpaid yes, but… filled with the Joy and satisfaction of creating music, short films and many many friendships online and wordwide. Continue reading “So much Singing – and much more”→
Solace Tasili (‘to comfort) – A Universal Song of Love.
An original songsung by Jaya Khoobsurat in English & Urdu. Written & composed by four musicians and one translator, this is a collaboration from four countries with over eight weeks
of work for the single track – a true labour of love & knowledge.
In memory of Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” — To Diane Sawyer/ABC News June 2010
I adore this song…. its just, beautiful – very elegant and such a sweet melody. I took the entire day and enjoyed singing… just simply recorded in my (unpadded) humble office – no sound equipment – just, Garage band and a set of headphones. I pray one day, I can record in a beautiful studio again…. if anyone listening/reading this post wants to give me that chance… don’t be shy – use the CONTACT form !
No rights reserved. All rights belong to the composers, musicians and recording company’s for the original version. No royalty or fee is due; or, charged. This is simply a beautiful cover – I love singing… !
Backing track (these two wonderful musicians are hero’s in my book – revolutionizing the classically trained to do ‘out of the box’ work – they seriously rock – and I adore them – I hope my humble singing effort does justice to their beautiful work): 2CELLOS – Shape Of My Heart [OFFICIAL VIDEO]