The Art of Luv (Part 6): Melisma Mantra

ART OF LUV PART 6: MELISMA MANTRA

 

A 26-minute aural meditation aid built entirely from melismas from popular love songs.

Melisma: the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession. Music of ancient cultures used melisma to induce hypnotic trance in the listener and was a feature in early mystical initiation rites. Melismatic singing experienced a resurgence in 80s & 90s R&B, best exemplified by the vocal work of Whitney Houston, R. Kelly and Mariah Carey.

Mantra: a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.