We All Need To Calm Down

by Dana Boulé

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How exactly does one go from fronting punk bands to making meditation music?

We All Need To Calm Down is Dana Boulé's seventh studio (and second solo) album. From her beginnings in classical piano and experimental theater through two New York punk bands, to her life in Parisian pop, folk and film scores (most notably Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris), Dana has never been afraid to jump genres and explore the musical unknown.

After relocating from New York to Paris in 2008, she decided that life has a softer side and the long process of seriously mellowing out began. In New York, she was a music supervisor for MTV Networks, she studied Kung Fu, fronted two punk bands and took pride in kicking things over, more often than not herself and her own instruments. In Paris, she started yoga, formed the meditative folk duo The Resident Cards and began a love affair with walking slowly. And looking around.

Her latest album We All Need To Calm Down is the culmination of that turn towards the calm and meditation. It began when her yoga teacher asked if she had ever thought about doing music for yoga. No, not really, was her answer. But the seed was planted that day along with a growing urge to make a 90 minute album in her own style that would follow the arc of a yoga class but also serve as a soundtrack for calming down. Not only in a yoga class but in everyday life, so she wrote and produced a mixtape for mindfulness.

Using her experience as a film music supervisor and her innate ability to compose in multiple genres, she blended several styles of music to create a spacious 90 minute musical landscape. She recorded eight brilliant musicians along the way who, much like the eight limbs of yoga, gave life to her creations and added a collaborative spirit in the of making her soundtrack. The final album was mixed and mastered in London by Charles “Chicky” Reeves at Sublime Studios who has mixed such legendaries as Johnny Cash, Tito Puente, Radiohead, Prince, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood among others.

Part film score, part folk, and part meditation, We All Need To Calm Down is Dana’s homage to the calm, the quiet and to solitude.

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released March 19, 2015

Produced, recorded and arranged by Dana Boulé
Percussion recorded by Cristián Sotomayor at ruidomáximo studio, Paris
Mix/Master by Charles “Chicky” Reeves at Sublime Studios, London, UK

Tracks 1, 8, 11, 13 - Traditional mantras
Tracks 2, 5 - by Dana Boulé, Jean Ollion
Tracks 3 - by Dana Boulé, Jean Ollion, Erica Buettner
Track 4, 9 - by Dana Boulé, Erica Buettner
Track 6, 7, 10, 12 by Dana Boulé

Dana Boulé - Piano, Accordion, Organ, Guitar, Drum Programming, Vocals
Jean Ollion - Lute, Sitar, Chitarra Battente, Vocals
Erica Buettner - Guitar, Flute, Banjo
Mivsam Noiman - Violin
Anne Laurin - Cello
Jean Baptiste-Boulé - Trumpet
Cristián Sotomayor - Percussion
Philippe Beer-Gabel - Tibetan Bowls
Vincent Mougel - Keyboard (track 10)

A very special thanks to Linda Munro and Gerald Disse at Ashtanga Yoga Paris for their inspiration and support.

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Dana Boulé Paris, France

Dana Boulé is an American composer, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Paris, France. Her career spans seven studio albums in multiple genres from NY punk bands Stupid and The Sobs, to solo orchestral pop, to the folk duo The Resident Cards. She has scored several full length films and is featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and Oscar nominated Jimmy Neutron. ... more

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Track Name: Opening Mantra
Om
Vande Gurunām charanāravinde
Sandarshita swātmasukāvabodhe
Nishreyase jāngalikāyamāne
Samsāra hālāhala mohashāntyai
Abāhu Purushākāram
Shankhacakŗsi dhārinam
Sahasra sirasam svetam
Pranamāmi patanjalim
Om

Om
I bow to the Lotus feet of the Supreme Gurus
who teach the good knowledge,
showing the way to knowing the Self,
awakening great happiness; who is the
doctor of the jungle, able to remove the
poison of the ignorance of conditioned
existence.

To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa,
white in color with 1000 radiant heads
(in his form as the divine serpent,
Ananta), human in form below the
shoulders holding a sword (discrimination),
a wheel of fire (discus of light, representing infinite time),
and a conch (Divine sound)

to him,
I prostrate.
Track Name: Shiva Shambo
Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo
Mahadeva Shambo

Shiva Shiva Shambo Shankara
Hara Hara Hara Mahadevaya
Ganja Jata Dhara
Gauri Mano Hara
Pati Poori Para Meshvaha

Shiva, the auspicious, the beneficient (Shambo), the bringer of prosperity and joy (Shankara)
the destroyer (Hara), the Great Lord (Mahadeva), who holds the river Ganga in the locks of his hair,
conqueror of the heart of Gauri (Parvati) Lord of the Universe
Track Name: Gayatri Mantra
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।
तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑(तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं) ।
भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodáyāt

Unveil, O Thou who givest sustenance to the Universe, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, that face of the True Sun now hidden by a vase of golden light, that we may see the truth and do our whole duty on our journey to thy sacred seat
Track Name: Closing Mantra
Om
Swasthi PrajāBhya Pari Pāla yantām
Nyā Yena Mārgena mahīm Mahīshāh
Go Brāahmanebhyah Shubhamastu Nityam
Lokā Samasthā Sukhino Bhavanthu
Om Shānti, Shānti, Shānti, Shānti

Om
Let Prosperity be Glorified
Let Rulers rule the world with law & justice
Let divinity and erudition be protected
Let all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, peace
Om