Affirmation Power - Consciousness in word and music

Soul Affirmation Music Liner Notes

This CD took three years to write, produce and record. It came from a heartfelt desire to help others. Meditation, and the use of affirmations has changed my life so completely, I wanted to share this valuable knowledge and inspiration with others through my music. An affirmation is a positive thought or idea that you consciously focus on in order to produce a desired outcome.

"Soul Affirmation" is a simple, yet powerful CD that can help transform your most deeply held beliefs about yourself and your world. What are beliefs anyway? Beliefs are merely successive, repeated, habitual thought patterns, solidified in the mind. Since every thought you think is creating your future, why not re-create your thoughts and beliefs? Learn to overcome negative thought forms and direct more positive thoughts your way.

I believe I have created a new genre of music called ‘Affirmation Music.’ I have always believed in the power of words and music. The sacred power and healing effect of music and affirmations will change your life too. You can play this record over and over to help reinforce positive messages and reprogram those negative beliefs and compulsive mind chatter we habitually replay in our heads everyday. On another level, you can dance, or just sit back, and allow the music to affect your subconscious mind.

A mantra is a sacred word or phrase used in Hindu and Buddhist prayer or meditation. Mantra is pure consciousness in the form of a sound. Mantras are powerful tools to help spiritualize and focus the mind. They act to create subtle refinements in our mental and emotional bodies. Om Namah Shivaya means: I bow to Shiva." Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to the consciousness that dwells in us all.

Since attraction, harmony and resonance are such great factors in life, I believe that musicians hold the keys to the Universe. Musicians work with finer matter, melody and lyric. They weave fleeting, subtle pearls of truth and beauty, only heard in the moment.

This album is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and band mate, Tom Shirah. Tom was a very pure being and a long-time meditator. I managed to get him in the studio to record his horn part on “It Comes From Me” not long before he passed. His memory lives on in this song.

My greatest thanks go to Amy, my beloved. Her divine voice rings so true in this work. Thank you for putting up with my endless detail and relentless fight to see this work come into existence.

Thanks to Chris Rosser, Carlos Fernandez, Duncan Wickel, Elsbeth Van Tongeren, Richard Shulman, Peggy Ratusz, Darin Kohler, Julia Simon, devotees of Ananda Marga Yoga Foundation, Ben Leinbach and Kit Walker’s  production skills and friendship.

If I could impart one thing, it would be to remind us of how Divine we really are. It is our responsibility to manifest this power and to realize our Divine potential. In so doing, we do the highest service for the inevitable evolution of mankind. There is nothing but God in a sea of God. At the deepest level of Being, we are one with All That Is.

With Love and Devotion,

Ken LaDéroute

Track List & Credits

1. It Comes From Me -- (K. LaDéroute) referring to the sacred spark of Individualized Pure Being or Consciousness present in each of us.
Amy: vocals
Ken: guitar
Kit: programming, keyboards, bass
Tom: Cornet

2. For Today -- (K. LaDéroute) One day at a time sweet Jesus
Amy: vocals
Ken: acoustic & electric guitars, bass, piano, drum programming

3. Shanti – (K. LaDéroute) Sanskrit for: Peace

Amy: vocals

Ken: acoustic guitars
Kit: piano, bass, drum programming

Carlos: percussion

Julia Simon: Sanskrit narration: Let us be together, let us eat together, let us be vital together; let us be radiating truth, radiating the light of life; never shall we denounce anyone, never entertain negativity. OM Peace, Peace, Peace Upanishads of Krishna Yajur Ved


4. I Come From A Place of Love -- (K. LaDéroute) Love is All There Is.

Amy: vocals

Ken: classical guitar

Richard: piano

Duncan: violin

5. It Constantly Comes To Me – (K. LaDéroute) There is abundance in the flow of Creation.

Amy: vocals

Ken: classical guitar

Kit: keyboards, bass, drum programming


6. I Choose Forgiveness – (K. LaDéroute) Inspired by the beheadings that took place during the Iraq War. What we do to others, we do to ourselves.

Amy: vocals

Ken: classical guitar, string arrangement

Richard: acoustic piano

Chris: strings

Elsbeth: cello

7. My True Self – (K. LaDéroute) “ There is but one reality and that reality is Myself.” Swami Rama Tirtha
Amy: vocals

Ken: classical guitar, bass, electric piano, strings, drum programming

Carlos: congas, bongos, percussion

Duncan: violin


8. Baba Nam Kevalam – (K. LaDéroute) Sanskrit mantra for: Love Is All There Is

Amy: vocals

Ken: classical & steel string guitars, bass, drum programming

Richard: piano

Elsbeth: cello

Devotees of Ananda Marga Yoga Foundation: choral


9. Om Namah Shivaya – (K. LaDéroute) Sanskrit mantra for:  "I bow to Shiva." Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to the consciousness that dwells in All. Shiva is the name of your true identity - your Self. 

Amy: vocals

Ken: steel string guitar, drum programming, keyboard

Kit: keyboards, bass, drum programming

Chris: dotar

Peggy: vocals

Darin: vocals


10. Simply Be – (K. LaDéroute) All we have to do is be.

Amy: vocals

Ken: classical guitar, strings

Kit: keyboards, bass, drum programming

Duncan: violin


Mixed and mastered by Ben Leinbach at Old Bull Studios in San Anselmo, CA

CD cover from a painting by: Rosalvo Leomeu Vidal
Photography by Kim Cornell

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