At Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS July 2017

At Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS July 2017

Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Yin to The Dirty Rain Revelers Yang

Surya (sanskrit for Sun); Revelers (dancing in the sun and shining a light); Medicine Music (music is a universal language that speaks to the soul, heals and uplifts).


Melissa discovered yoga in 2002 while still in Austin, going to a class on a friend's suggestion that she'd like a certain style of yoga. As it turned out it was Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She was immediately drawn in. Being a singer, Melissa loved chanting mantras and found the practice to be very transforming early on and decided to continue with Kundalini.
Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness and works with breath, movement and mantra. Kundalini Yoga has its roots in the Tantric Yoga tradition, which dates back to the eighth century. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan brought the practice to North America.

Matthew has been a student of sound and its impact on emotions since an early age. Always deeply sensitive to sound, harsh sounds would cause him physical pain, and pleasing sounds, a sense of joy. His mother started him playing guitar at age four and he’s never stopped.  The instrument became his voice; a direct link from his heart from which he could express what he could not express with words. Matthew made the connection between music and spirit early on and has made it a lifelong study. From the delta blues to classical Egyptian to Gypsy Jazz to classical European to the music he creates, Matthew continues his exploration.

Melissa completed her teacher training in 2006 at Yoga Yoga in Austin and after moving to New Orleans in 2007, began teaching at Swan River Yoga. While there existed a small community of yogis practicing together in New Orleans and Houma, LA, she found there wasn't a great deal of interest in Kundalini at the time. After a year or so of teaching at Swan River and other local studios, Melissa decided the time wasn't right to continue actively teaching. She and Matthew started what would become The Dirty Rain Revelers and poured every ounce of energy into that vision. All the while, she continued deepening and maintaining her own Kundalini practice at home and as a student, expanding her teacher training and exploring various workshops. Both Melissa and Matthew became close with the local Louisiana Kundalini tribe and through them received a great deal of encouragement to pursue Mantra music. Ultimately it was at the invitation by one of these yogis, their dear friend Bill Savage, to lead a three day workshop/retreat in 2017. Honored by the invitation, they put together a program which was enthusiastically received, giving the couple the confidence to further develop the other side of their musical coin, Surya Revelers Medicine Music.


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Playlist #30 for 7/4/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #30 for 7/4/18 

(recorded in El Rito, NM) 
1. Chimes of Freedom – Bob Dylan 
2. Wiser Cause – The DRR (Spark) 
3. Flying Over Water – Jason Isbell (Southeastern) 
4. Thirteen Silver Dollars – Colter Wall (Colter Wall) 
5. All That Reckoning Pt 1 – Cowboy Junkies (All That Reckoning) 
6. Gold Rush – Death Cab For Cutie (Thank You For Today) 
7. We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That) – Father John Misty (God’s Favorite Customer) 
8. God’s Favorite Customer – Father John Misty (God’s Favorite Customer) 
9. Big God – Florence and The Machine (High as Hope) 
10. All That I Am – Wendy Colonna (We Are One) 
11. Good News – Susan Gibson (Remember Who You Are) 
12. I’m Not Afraid To Die – Gillian Welch and Willie Nelson 
13. Blue Healer – Bird Talker (Just This) 
14. A Feather’s Not A Bird – Rosanne Cash (River and The Thread) 
15. I Felt The Chill – Elvis Costello (Secret, Profane and Sugarcane) 
16. River in Reverse – Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint 
17. Various Storms and Saints – Florence and The Machine (How Big, How Beautiful, How Blue) 
18. Lotus Feel – John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and Uma Matha (Remember Shakti) 
19. Tabla Breath – Benjy Wertheimer and John deKadt (One River) 
20. Goddess Evocation – Chinmaya dunsten (Ragas Relax) 
21. I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here – David Crosby (If I could Only Remember My Name) 
22. Wanting Peace – The Tibetan Healing Music of Nawang Khachog

Playlist #32 for 7/18/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #32 for 7/18/18 

(recorded in Seattle, WA) 
1. Crumbling Light Posts Pt. 1 - St Paul and The Broken Bones (Sea of Noise) 
2. Burning Rome – St Paul and The Broken Bones (Sea of Noise) 
3. Crumbling Light Post Pt 2 - St Paul and The Broken Bones (Sea of Noise) 
4. King for a Day – Anderson East (Encore) 
5. The Things We Do To Each Other – Cowboy Junkies (All That Reckoning) 
6. Ain’t We Gold – John Moreland (Big Bad Luv) 
7. These Walls (Live ft. Alam Khan) – Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live From Fox Oakland, CA) 
8. Two Bluebirds – Sue Foley (Where The Action Is) 
9. Home In San Antone – Willie Nelson (Heroes) 
10. Made To Break Your Heart – Los Lobos (Gates of Gold) 
11. Keep On Movin – Suzanna Choffel (Hello Goodbye) 
12. My Father’s House – Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska) 
13. Nashville Never Wanted Me – Wylie and The Wild West (2000 Miles from Nashville) 
14. Lonesome As A Shadow – Charley Crockett 
15. My Opening Farewell – Alison Krauss 
16. Wheels – Dan Tyminski (Wheels) 
17. Who’s Shoulder Will You Cry On 
18. Mississippi – Bob Dylan (Tell Tale Signs - Bootleg Series Vol. 8) 
19. Ride the River – JJ Cale and Eric Clapton 
20. – Harmless – Amanda Shires (Live on Walking the Floor) 
21. Painted Caves – Robert Mirabal (Taos Tales) 
22. The Courtship of Starboy –  Robert Mirabal (Taos Tales) 
23. Sorsonet – Matthew Marsolek (Groove) 
24. Sat Narayan – Simrit (Songs of Reslience)

Playlist #33 for 7/25/18  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #33 for 7/25/18 

Set 1 (recorded in Bellingham, WA) 
1. Meditation Blues - El DeOrazio 
2. Behind The House – Neko Case (Live at ACL) 
3. Great, America – Shovels & Rope (Single) 
4. Hannah Hunt – I’m With Her – (Live From Here, Telluride Bluegrass 2018) 
5. Our Spanish Love Song – Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden (Beyond the Mission Sky) 
6. When It Don’t Come Easy – Patty Griffin (Live from The Artist’s Den) 
7. Beloved Wife – Natalie Merchant (Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings) 
8. Hang On, Hang On – Amos Lee (My New Moon) 
9. James River Blues – Old Crow Medicine Show (Big Iron World) 
10. We’re All In This Together - Old Crow Medicine Show 
11. St. Teresa (Live) – Beth Hart 
Set 2 (recorded in Santa Cruz, CA) 
12. I Shall Not Be Moved – Mississippi John Hurt 
13. Train Song – Ben Gibbard and Feist (Dark Was The Night) 
14. The Long Way Home – Catherine Maclellan (Church Bell Blues) 
15. Intrada e Fuga: Intrada - Sally Beamish and Fenella Humphreys (Bach 2 the Future Vol 2) 
16. Down In the Willow Garden – The Chieftains and Bon Iver (Voice of Ages) 
17. Tumbleweed – Paul Cauthen (Have Mercy EP) 
18. California Song – Jerry Jeff Walker (It’s About Time) 
19. Darlin’ – Blaze Foley ft. The Muscle Shoals Horns (Lost Muscle Shoals recordings) 
20. Wanderer – Cat Power (Wanderer) 
21. Exiles Return – Karen Casey and John Doyle 
22. If It’s Alright With You - Catherine Maclellan (If It’s Alright With You) 
23. The Music of Stones Pt 1 – Stephan Micus (The Music of Stones)

Playlist #34 for 8/1/18 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
Playlist #34 for 8/1/18 

Set 1 (recorded in Salt Lake City, UT) 
1. I Love You, But – Katya and Moodlite 
2. Everybody Walking This Land – Paul Cauthen (Have Mercy EP) 
3. Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine – Tom T. Hall 
4. Once Upon A Road – Tom T. Hall (A Gift from Tom T. Hall) 
(Interview with Katya and Moodlite in Salt Lake City, UT) 
5. Galactic Company - Katya and Moodlite 
6. Winter Song – Katya and El D 
(Interview Part 2 with Katya and Moodlite in Salt Lake City, UT) 
7. Box Car – Shovel & Rope (O’ Be Joyful bonus track) 
8. The Winner – Michael Trent (The Winner) 
9. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day – Wendy Colonna (We Are One) 
10. Love Is Pleasing – Karen Casey (Ships In The Forest) 
11. Fatherly Downes – Eric Johnson (EJ) 
Set 2 (recorded in Colo. Spgs, CO) 
12. Would You Be Ready – Buck Owens and The Buckaroos (Dust On Mother’s Bible) 
13. The Darkest Hour – Dwight Yoakam (Soundrack, South of Heaven, West of Hell) 
14. Statesboro Blues (live) – Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live in Atlanta at the Sweetwater 420 Festival) 
15. Get What You Deserve (live) - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live Infinity Hall 2015) 
16. What It Means – Drive-By Truckers (American Band) 
17. Dream In Blue – The Stray Birds (The Stray Birds) 
18. Within You, Without You – Jimmy Herring (Subject to Change Without Notice) 
19. Aberdeen - Jimmy Herring (Subject to Change Without Notice) 
20. Love Is – Sirgun Kaur (Minus Vox)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music May 2, 2018  

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
May 2, 2018 
1. Kentucky Derby- Bill Frisell (Music Is) 
2. Worried Woman - Bill Frisell (Beautiful Dreamer) 
3. King of Alabama - Brent Cobb (Providence Canyon) 
4. Outfit - Jason Isbell (Live in Alabama) 
5. Midnight Rider - Sheryl Crow Lukas Nelson (Live at Outlaw Fest)
6. Shortboard - Calexico (The thread that keeps us) 
7. Longboard - Calexico (The thread that keeps us) 
8. Unconditional Waltz - Calexico (The thread that keeps us) 
9. Guitar solo #1 - Neil Young (Dead Man Soundtrack) 
10. Guitar solo #5 - Neil Young (Dead Man Soundtrack) 
11. Widow - Michael Landau Group (Live) 
12. Pray On - The Staple Singers (Live) 
13. What Am I Here For - Jade Bird (Something American) 
14. Straight Street - Ry Cooder 
15. Deep in soul - Purna Das Baul (Bauls of Bengal) 
16. Walk Away- Xavier Rudd (Storm Boy) 
17. Before We Were Born Bill Frisell (Lone Ranger Soundtrack) 
18. Change Is Gonna Come - Bill Frisell (live) 
19. I'll Fly Away - Campbell Brothers (Sacred Steel) 
20. Save a Seat For Me - BB King

Surya Revelers Medicine Music April 25, 2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
April 25, 2018 
1. Emmy Lou Harris on working with Willie 
2.Border Song - Willie Nelson (Restoration: songs of Elton John and Bernie ) 
3. Just Breathe - Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson (Heroes) 
4. Secret Sisters on working with Willie 
5. It Won't Be Very Long - Willie Nelson and the Secret Sisters (To All the Girls) 
6. Let Go of Your Plans - Lukas Nelson (New Single!!) 
7. All I Am - Guthrie Trapp and John Oates 
8. Crossing the Bridge - Guthrie Trap (Life After Dark) 
9. Cinema Paradiso - Pat Metheny and Charlie Hayden (live) 
10. Chelsea Bridge - Jim Campilongo (Orange) 
11. Your Water - Parker Millsap and Sarah Jarosz (Luck Mansion Sessions) 
12. To Rise You Gotta Fall - Nicki Bluhm 
13. Colonial Mentality - Kokoroko Afrobeat Collective (Live in London) 
14. Summers End - John Prine, Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile (Live on Late Night with Stephen Colbert) 
15. Time Will Be a Healer - Glen Hansard 
16. Penance - Josh Smith Band (live in Europe) 
17. Djelem Djelem - Barcelona gypsy klezmer orchestra 
18. Magic - Treya Lam and Khaki King (Good News) 
19. Kopenitsa - Efren Lopez and Meira Segal and Yoni Ben Dor (The Three Project) 
20. Lasya - Anoushka Shankar (Traces of You) 
21. Kiss the Earth - Ajeet Kaur 
22. Ram Das Sarovar - Sat Kirin Kaur (lightness of being)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music April 18, 2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
April 18, 2018 
1. Such a Simple Thing - Ray LaMontagne (Part of the Light) 
2. Black Tears - Imelda May (Life Love Flesh Blood 
3. Goodnight Little Rock - Chris Shifflett (Live from Jam in the Van) 
4. West coast town - Chris Shifflett (Live from Jam in the Van) 
5. On the Run - Guthrie Trapp (Life After Dark) 
6. Commodity- Guthrie Trapp (live in Nashville) 
7. Hurricane/Today - Mary Oliver (A Thousand Mornings) 
8. Gospel Blues - Joe Louis Walker (Everybody Wants a Piece) 
9. Everybody Ought To Treat a Stranger Right - Ry Cooder (The Prodigal Son) 
10. Stay All Night , Stay A Little Longer - Willie Nelson (Live at ACL 1974) 
11. Falling Up - Alan Hines (Live at Musicians Institute) 
12. Caravan - Chet Atkins and Les Paul (Chester and Lester) 
13. Lukenbach TX - Sean Rowe (Live) 
14. Hickory Wind - The Tuttles and AJ Lee 
15. Save This Heart - Molly Tuttle (Rise) 
16. Summer Salt - Mark Lettieri (live in the studio from album Spark and Echo) 
17. Airplane - David Rawlings (Live in the studio WFUV; from latest album Poor David Almanack) 
18. Something You Get Through- Willie Nelson (Last Man Standing) 
19. When It's My Time - Imelda May (Life Love Flesh Blood) 
20. Faran Ensemble 
21. Omara - Itamar Erez and Yshai Afterman (Duets live in Germany) 
22. Raga Shanmukhapriya - Jayanthi Kumaresh (Music of India , Darbar Festival)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music playlist for February 28th and March 7th 

Here's our playlist from the last two weeks! (Time gets away from us when we're in the flow of life!) 
Surya Revelers Medicine Music playlist for 
February 28, 2018 on 102.3 WHIV FM 
1. Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Johnny Cash (Essential) 
2. Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle (Copperhead Road) 
3. Don't Know What It Means - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live From The Fox Oakland) 
4. Gone Under - Snarky Puppy ft. Shayna Steele (Family Dinner Vol. 1) 
5. Broken Heart - Al Di Meola (Opus) 
6. Angel of Sunlight- Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane (Illumination) 
7. Ai Du - Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder 
8. Exit 16 - Roosevelt Collier Music (Exit 16) 
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece - Anders Osborne and Roosevelt Collier (Live at Mountain Jam #8 2012) 
10. The Block - akua naru and the DigFlo Band ft. Drea D'Nur 
11. Nou Tout Se Yonn - Bokanté ft. Snarky Puppy and Roosevelt Collier (Strange Circles) 
12. Sastana Qqqam - Tinariwen (Elwan) 
13. Timbuktu Fasso - Fatou Mata Diawara (Live at the Sanctuary for Independent Media 2016) 
14. Wainam Adobat - Tamikrest 
15. Sew - Snarky Puppy ft. Malika Tirolien 
16. Asatoma - Keith Porteous (Sound Refuge 2) 
17. Kal Akaal - Simrit Kaur (Ancient Storm) 
18. Guru Ram Das - Snatam Kaur (Anand) 
19. Mrs. D reads a poem from Melissa DeOrazio 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
March 7, 2018 
1. Highway Kind - Townes Van Zandt 
2. Snowing on Raton - Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley (Austin Pickers 1984) 
3. Election Day - Blaze Foley (Live at Austin Outhouse) 
4. Life of a Texas Man - Blaze Foley (Wanted More Dead Than Alive) 
5. Gaslight - Sue Foley (Ice Queen) 
6. Ophelia - Natalie Merchant (Ophelia) 
7. With God On Our Side - First Aid Kit (live) 
8. Mrs D. reads Women Who Run With the Wolves (Clear Water chapter) by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes 
9. Not Lonely - Eliza Gilkyson 
10. Send the Sun - Nikki Lane (live at 
11. Lay You Down - Nikki Lane 
12. Angel from Montgomery - Buddy Miller with Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow (Live from Cayamo) 
13. The Mother - Brandi Carlile (By the Way, I Forgive You) 
14. Heroes and Songs - Brandi Carlile (Firewatcher's Daughter) 
15. East Houston Blues - Rodney Crowell (Official) (Close Ties) 
16. Reckless - Rodney Crowell (Close Ties) 
17. Unknown Legend - Shovels and Rope ft Shakey Graves (Busted Jukebox Vol. 1) 
18. Gold Dust Woman - Warren Haynes ft Railroad Earth and Grace Potter (Ashes and Dust) 
19. Hell On - Neko Case 
20. Suzanne - Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions 
21. Too Hot to Last - Snarky Puppy ft. Lucy Woodward (Family Dinner Vol. 1) 
22. Suzanne - Nina Simone (Sugar in My Bowl) 
23. Meditation to Expand Intuition - Guru Ram Das Guru - Sirgun Kaur (Reclaim Happiness)

Surya Revelers Medicine Music January 31, 2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music 
January 31, 2018 
1. The Devil Beats His Wife - Mike Flanigan (The Drifter) 
2. The Drifter - Mike Flanigan (featuring Billy Gibbons) (The Drifter) 
3. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair - Sue Foley (The Ice Queen) 
4. Death of a Dream - Sue Foley (The Ice Queen) 
5. All Along The Watchtower - Eric Johnson 
6. May This Be Love (Waterfall) - Daniel Lanois (Live) 
7. Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down - Over the Rhine (Meet Me At the Edge of the World) 
8. Feather Moon - Vienna Teng (Warm Strangers) 
9. Dark Side of Town - Eliza Gilkyson (Land of Milk and Honey) 
10. Grinnin In Your Face - Jade Bird (Something American) 
11. I Wish I Was the Moon - Neko Case (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood) 
12. Dracula Moon - Joan Osborne (Relish) 
13. Gotta Get Over - Eric Clapton (Old Sock) 
14. Improv/Catfish Blues - Eric Gales with special guest Beth Hart (Live in Norway) 
15. Earthbound Love Song - Over the Rhine (Meet Me at the Edge of the World) 
16. World of Strange Design - Roseanne Cash (The River and The Thread) 
17. Blue Moon - Beck (Morning Phase) 
18. I Am the Moon - The White Buffalo (Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights) 
19. Long Board - Calexico (The Thread That Keeps Us) 
20. Bittersweet- Rumi (Mrs D reads aloud) 
21. Street Parade - Theresa Andersson (Street Parade) 
22. Come On Part 3 - Stevie Ray Vaughn 
23. Jai Te Gung - Gurunam Singh (Silent Moonlight Meditation) 
(A Mantra for removing negativity)

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Surya Revelers Medicine Music - Playlist for 1/17/2018 

Surya Revelers Medicine Music playlist January 17th, 2018 
1. Can't Keep From Crying - Blind Willie Johnson 
2. Redemption Song - Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer 
3. Daniel Stein on the healing power of music and friendship 
4. My Man is Gone - Ali McGuirk (Slow Burn) 
5. Death Letter Blues - Son House 
6. Shake That Devil - Joan Osborne (Pretty Little Stranger) 
7. Someday After Awhile - Joe Bonamassa (Live in Amsterdam) 
8. Hell and Back - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Live at the Mint) 
9. How It Feels To Fly - David Grissom (How It Feels To Fly ) 
10. Death Row - Chris Stapleton (From a Room: Vol. 1) 
11. Street Livin' - Black Eyed Peas (Single) 
12. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Jeff Beck (Wired) 
13. Back Against the Wall - Son Volt (Notes of Blue) 
14. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down - Willie Nelson 
15. Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle (Copperhead Road) 
16. Death Letter - Cassandra Wilson (Jazz Open at Stuttgart 1996) 
17. Catfish Blues - Taj Mahal (Putumayo World Music Blues Around the World) 
18. Untitled from Morning Musings with El DeOrazio- live from the porch 2017 
19. Chattr Chakkr Vartee - Satkirin Kaur Khalsa (Lightness of Being) (powerful mantra/meditation for courage and victory!) 
20. Angel Mine - Cowboy Junkies (Lay It Down) 
21. It's Gonna Rain - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Home: Vol. 1) 
22. Blues Comes Home to Africa - Lenni Stern 
23. Grave Angels - Joe Henry (Invisible Hour) 
24. This Land is Our Land - The Dirty Rain Revelers (Live in the studio) 
We had the great honor to perform This Land Is Our Land at the closing of the 2018 Women's March in Duncan Plaza, New Orleans. What an inspiring afternoon, full of powerful women speaking Truth.