As the world entered lockdowns and the new concept of social distancing began to permeate the collective conscious, this song was born as an anthem expressing the yearning for deep connection to source and to each other. Inspired in large part by Hamid’s own health challenges and isolation at home during this time, the song expresses a universal truth—we need each other more than ever. It was also a reminder of the simple beauties of being human, consumed at times with a range of emotions, and learning to savor each experience whether joyful or painful.
As the song culminates in the chant of Jai Ma Durga, invoking the Divine Mother, it becomes a chorus to George Floyd’s cries to his mother as he was being suffocated by police, and an acknowledgement of our collective suffocation. The Greatest Mystery is that which we cannot put into words, but which we all feel, especially in the most trying of times.
Hamid grew up in a multicultural household with a father from Iran and mother from Romania. His youth was spent hearing three very different languages being spoken along with a wide variety of traditional music: Persian, Arab, Indian, and all manner of Western styles. Hamid received his first piano lessons from his great grandmother at the age 4. He obtained his first guitar around the same time. By high school, Hamid was playing in punk and hardcore bands on the weekends and playing jazz and classical guitar during school hours as part of band. He continued his musical studies at NYU, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. Thereafter, Hamid studied a number of different disciplines, from law, to psychology, to yoga, to bodywork and traditional healing, to meditation, and finally back to sound in its purest form. Fifteen years later, Hamid has shed nearly all traces of his formal music schooling, emerging with a return to basic natural harmonics for quieting the mind. He lives in Phoenix and teaches yoga and meditation full-time, utilizing live sound from gongs, bowls, chimes, flutes, and his own voice to lead people into transcendental states of consciousness.
Vocals, Guitar and Percussion: Hamid Jabbar. Additional vocals: Porter Singer. Produced, Recorded and Mixed: Liv Singh Khalsa aka Quantum Dream at Invincible Recording Studio.