Sai Masters

Sai Masters

 Boulder, Colorado, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

My intention is to uplift and inspire with passionate, happy songs.

Biography

I love exquisite lyrics of universal appeal. Combined with beautiful melodies and interesting chord changes, memorable and relevant lyrics can touch someone at their core.

I write fun, inspiring and easily accessible songs that inspire us to live a happy and balanced life. My main genre is adult contemporary. I have worked the last ten years in the field of personal growth and spiritual development, including meditation workshops, and feel that I bring a fresh voice to the music scene. I see myself as a champion of the deeper spiritual truths that govern ordinary life, listening to our inner wisdom, and making the mortgage payment at the same time.

I have studied formal piano, but I quickly found myself more at home with improvisation and in-the-moment jamming. In both junior and senior year in high school, I earned a spot as a bass singer in the Massachusetts State Chorus. I was also a part of the school's select Concert Choir, regular chorus and senior play. My formal musical education took place in New York City at the French American Conservatory. Guitar has been largely self-taught, and I have played several Indian instruments like the dilruba, tanpura and harmonium. I play piano by ear, and love to go on evocative journeys, somewhere in between Keith Jarrett and George Winston.

My iPod is pretty empty these days, except for my own songs. I do my own production in my home studio. My influences are John Mayer, John Lennon, James Taylor, Martin Sexton, Oscar Peterson, Vance Gilbert, Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, The Kings Singers, Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Snooks Eaglin.

Before becoming a musician full-time, I've had the following jobs: sandwich delivery guy, waiter, lawn care, research assistant, ice cream counterperson, clerk, office assistant, overseas English teacher in Morocco, teacher for dyslexic kids, day-trader on Wall Street, meditation leader, community-access Cable TV producer, jewelry maker, music producer and workshop facilitator for a touring personal growth seminar.

I graduated from Yale in 1994 and then went to Morocco to teach English and ESL. I discovered that my ability to write songs had a practical application in the classroom. Songwriting stuck with me through my ten years in New York City (East Village and Lower East Side) where I soaked up the music and began playing piano. I discovered the blues in Thompkins Square Park when I asked a street performer, a grizzled African-American man, to please show me one blues scale. He showed me the C blues. I never looked back, and continue to compose with a jazz and blues flavor today.

After six years on Wall Street, I went to India and began meditating. As I began to discover more of who I am, I discovered my true calling in music. I thank God for this gift, and feel blessed. It's a privilege that this is now my work in the world.

Lyrics

Baby Blue

Written By: Sai Masters

Baby Blue

Baby Blue, there is nothing you ever have to do, just be a boy
Play pirates in your tree house, and Star Wars
And Matchbox in the sandbox, for hours

Baby Blue, there’s so much that I can learn from you...now I won’t forget
Dinosaurs and dragons and crazy wizards
Goldfish and fireflies and catching lizards

CHORUS
So take ahold my grown-up hand
and show me how to love the world again
I see my face in yours, so I know I can
Without my Baby Blue, I’m not a man

Teach me, Baby Blue
Only you can reach me, Baby Blue
Teach me, Baby Blue

Baby Blue.........I love you... unconditionally
So bang on the pots and pans, your first piano
And belt out the melody, in sweet soprano

Baby Blue, I sing this lullaby for you...so rest without a care
Dream of a grand slam, the World Series clincher
You’re trotting ‘round the bases in your racecar pajamas

CHORUS

Dream on Baby, dream on Baby Blue, dream on Baby, dream on Baby Blue
Copyright 2009 Sai and Murali Masters. All rights reserved.

Sitting on Sunshine

Written By: Sai Masters

Sitting on Sunshine

I’m sitting on sunshine
High above the clouds today.
And everything is more than fine,
I can see for miles today.

CHORUS:Hey, hey everybody knows that
The more you love, the more it flows,
So give angel wings to your heart, that’s where you start,
The love flies back to you.

I close my outer eyes,
and open to the inner way of seeing.
And nothing I see is mine,
I’m free to fly in the lightness of Being.

CHORUS:Hey, hey everybody knows that
The more you give, the more it shows,
So give angel wings to your heart, that’s where you start.
The love flies back to you, let your love shine down on me.
The love flies back to you, it’s time to dance around.

What you can’t hold comes back to you a thousand-fold.

BRIDGE: And don’t let nothing get you down
Cuz when a rain cloud comes, it’s time to splash around.
And remember who you are:
One in spirit with a distant star.

Face of the Divine

Written By: Sai Masters

Face of the Divine

Let’s live life as one heart and one people
The Earth is our beloved home, the Earth is our beloved home

Tonight, the full moon is our steeple
And as we pray in unity, the stars above us sparkle, lighting up infinity

Love all, serve all, in harmony
See in everyone the same divinity

It’s time to be, one world and one people
Let’s open wide our doors, Let’s open wide our doors

Today, the shining sun is our steeple
And as we pray, you and I, we become the very light that fills the morning sky

Love all, serve all, in harmony
See in everyone the same divinity

Drink from the cup that your soul always keeps full
And the world becomes peaceful

Let’s live life as one heart and one people
The Earth is our beloved home, The Earth is our beloved home

Tomorrow, we rise above the steeple
And as we pray, you and I, we see in the other the face of the divine

Love all, serve all, in harmony
See in everyone the same divinity.

Floating on Love

Written By: Sai Masters

Floating on Love

Why fear when God is here?
We receive the grace of the most great peace the Earth has ever known.

We’re floating on love
As below, so above

As far as I know
It’s the same wherever we go

Since you can see
Everything that I can see

Let’s you and me be
Peaceful and in prosperity

What’s all the fighting for?
It’s love that opens all the doors..and more

It’s plain to you, it’s plain to me
And soon to all of humanity

Each sister my sister, each brother my brother
I bless myself, I bless all others

Why fear, when God is here?
We receive the grace of the most great peace the Earth has ever known.

It’s time
To know that you are divine

Look out into infinity
And see your own divinity

Through conscious co-creation
We make one world, one nation

What’s all the fighting for?
It’s love that opens all the doors...and more

It’s plain to you, it’s plain to me
And soon to all of humanity

We receive the grace of the most great peace the Earth has ever known.

Each sister my sister, each brother my brother
I bless myself, I bless all others

The most great peace the Earth has ever known
Is calling us, calling us home

So come on home, come on home, come on home
We’re floating on love

Grace of the Unheard

Written By: Sai Masters

The Grace of the Unheard

Summer leaves sift lazily laughing by, by, by
Through sun-bleached skies
Leaving trails of silence behind
Falling to the ground, undisturbed
Beyond all words
In the grace of the unheard.

The unheard sound is the sweetest one.
I’m listening to the flowers laughing just for fun.
The unheard sound is the sweetest one.
I can hear the butterflies dancing in the sun.

Moonbeams and falling stars
Soothe like sweet guitars
All night, without a sound.
And ocean waves sleepy from the day,
Float away, drifting quietly in the background.

The unheard sound is the sweetest one.
I’m listening to the flowers laughing just for fun.
The unheard sound is the sweetest one.
I can hear the butterflies dancing in the sun.

Mountains praying namaste
Escape the grasp of men
And reach towards heaven.
I’m walking through the world, unperturbed,
Beyond all words, in the grace of the unheard.

The unheard sound is the sweetest one.
I’m listening to the flowers laughing just for fun.
The unheard sound is the sweetest one.
I can hear the butterflies dancing in the sun.

I Pray

Written By: Sai Masters

I Pray

I pray, in this New Year
That I may, continue to hear
the still, silent voice of the true Self,
Whisperin’ in my ear

I pray in this New Year
That I stay, close to what I hold dear
The still, silent voice of the true Self
Answerin’ me, ever clear.

I lash myself to the mast
Of this big wide boat going across the bumpy sea of life
as the true Self, I ride the wave of Spirit

And I praise, in this new year
All who raise, their voices to share
the still, silent voice of their true Self,
whisperin’ in their ear.

We lash ourselves to the mast
Of this big wide boat going across the bumpy sea of life
as the true Self, we ride the wave of Spirit

BRIDGE:
Out upon the rough and tumble ocean
Faraway from any solid ground
Look inside to see past all commotion.
Your heart’s answer is waiting to be found.
Just be the sun and let your light burn the clouds away, hey hey.

My faith, in this new year
Shows me how I can always hear
That still, silent voice of the true self
Answerin’ me ever-clear.

I lash myself to the mast
Of this big wide boat going across the bumpy sea of life
as the true Self, I ride the wave of Spirit

BRIDGE

I lash myself to the mast
Oh, yeah, now I pray, I pray, I pray...

Kauai Night

Written By: Sai Masters

Kauai Night

Kauai night
The dark unfolds around our firelight
As we listen to the heart of Hanalei
And I softly say, I love you

Kauai night
The flood of moonlight makes everything alright
A songbird sings her soul in the distance
As we dance, up close tonight

The hush of Hanalei
Into the dawn of day
Strolling to the waterfall
Hand in hand
Where the buffalo grass is tall

Kauai night
Island magic makes our souls take flight
The whole world slips away,
We’re the only ones in sight
As we celebrate, our love tonite

The hush of Hanalei
Into the dawn of day
Strolling to the waterfall
Hand in hand
Where the buffalo grass is tall

Nightingale

Written By: Sai Masters

Nightingale

Nightingale,
Lift your voice, on the wings of love across the night.
Nightingale,
Sing your love, to the moon.
When the dawn has come
This world is born anew.

I hear you--happy on the bough--
Lost in love, in your sweet, star-serenade.
I turn within, to the music of the heart, to the song I’ve always known...

Nightingale,
Lift your voice, on the wings of love across the night.
Nightingale,
Sing your love, to the moon.
When the dawn has come
This world is born anew.

Hush now
Only your voice
Across the night, now
Velvet lullabies,
As I dream, now, Nightingale.

I hear you, happy on the bough
Lost in love, in your sweet, star-serenade
I turn within, to the music of the heart, to the song I’ve always known

Nightingale,
Lift your voice, on the wings of love across the night.
Nightingale,
Sing your love, to the moon.
When the dawn has come
This world is born anew.

Valentine

Written By: Sai Masters

Valentine

Would you be my valentine?
I give to you what is not mine.
You give to me what is not yours
As hand in hand we walk through the ever-open doors...of love

So would you be my valentine?
Let’s kiss and slip outside of time:
Light above us, light below us
As we merge into the silent, sacred lotus...of love.

He whose hand held hers to his heart
Finally knew he had never been apart...from love

Would you be my valentine?
I give to you what is not mine.
You give to me what is not yours
As hand in hand we walk through the ever-open doors...of love

And she, whose heart, was open from the start
Shared with him that they’ve never been apart...from love

Would you be my valentine?
Let’s kiss and slip outside of time:
Light above us, light below us
As we merge into the silent, sacred lotus...of love.

The Story Song

Written By: Sai Masters

The Story Song

Bring to mind someone that you hate
Who’s face pops up when you meditate
Who’s done you wrong, and owes you big,
An apology would be the least of it.

They used you like a paper cup
Convenient and then crumpled up.
And left outside for tomorrow’s trash
And their parting gift was a nasty rash

And who would you be without your story?..hunky dory

So, let us go, then, you and me
To take your thoughts to self-inquiry
Take a thought and ask, is it true?
And if it’s not, well, then your through

But if it is, is it absolutely true?
And if it is, here’s what you do.

Imagine who’d you’d be without this thought
And see if that feels good or not

Cuz who would you be without your story?...hunky dory

BRIDGE:
I can look forward to all emotions that I may feel
It’s my sign to look within
To discover what is real

There’s only love,
There’s only love that loves

And when I melt into that love
No distinction can be made of

You and me, and me and you, true like one plus one is two

But she stole from me, and he robbed me of my beauty,
She betrayed my love, and he lies like it’s his duty

And left me, in the gutter, and then sued me.

But who would I be without my story?...a lot less gory

BRIDGE

There’s only love,
There’s only love that loves

There’s no such thing as right or wrong
Cuz it’s been about me all along

Me and you, and you and me, living in the love of reality

And who would you be without your story?...just amore

There’s only love,
There’s only love that loves.

Let's Call It Food

Written By: Sai Masters

Let’s call it food

Partially hydrogenate, scientifically formulated
Chemically supersaturated, let’s call it food
Sterilized and hydrolyzed
GMO and de-everything good for you-ized
A Twinkie is a biohazard, in disguise

Chorus:
For freshness we’ll add titanium
It’ll make you strong, lodged in your cranium
And to make it glow, a dash of uranium
Never hurt no one
Devoid of all nutrition
The facts on the back are mere superstition
At best, it’s an artistic rendition of food

FD & C red white and blue
Reverse-engineered just for you
Fried in lard and dipped in sugar, too
Built to survive in a microwave
And colorfast, like my aftershave
Forget the taste, it’s MSG I crave
Let’s call it food...chorus

Bleached and bromated spaghetti
Tastes just like boiled confetti
Bbut don’t upset Aunt Betty
Just tell her it’s food...

It’s got a shelf life ‘til 3002, and believe me when I tell you
You’ll be preserved through and through
but no man can outlive a Suzy Q
Fried in lard and dipped in sugar, too

Keiki Koa

Written By: Sai Masters

Keiki Koa

Down by the river, under the old koa tree
We’re singing sweet ditties, my ku’uipo and me.
Soon old friends stroll by, and some new ones, too.
We’re singing, songs of Kauai, from Hanalei to Hanama’ulu.
The Menahunae play and dance all night...
Under the moonlight.

CH: Papa Koa, Mama Koa, sing aloha to the Keiki Koa.
The Menahunae...

Down by the river, under the old koa tree
The music maker works all day,
To make, this little ukulele
Soon old friends stroll by, and some new ones, too
We’re singing, songs of Kauai, from Hanalei to Hanama’ulu.

The Menahunae...Chorus
The Menahunae, and the human hui,
We’re feeling groovy, island style...

O My Errant Hair

Written By: Sai Masters

O My Errant Hair

Why did God put this hair inside my ear?
I’m sure he must have known a tuft of hair wouldn’t help me hear.
Curling publicly out into the naked air
I sing your mystery, my sacred and errant hair (pause w/frill)

Why did God put you inside my nose?
A few were fine at first, but now it like a forest grows.*
My consolation is the wisdom that it bestows,
I draw the line, though, when body hair is long enough to mow (short pause)

You have no business there,
You must have simply lost your way,
O, My Errant Hair,O, My Errant Hair

Why did God grace me with a unibrow?
Some vestigal purpose unfamiliar to me even now.
In a past lifetime, it scared away a charging cow.
Cro-Magnon fashion, though, is something that I disavow (no pause)

You have no business there,
You must have simply lost your way,
O, My Errant Hair....O, My Errant Hair

Why did God have to be so comical
To design a pilgrimage for the humble follicle?
The mass migration, from my thinning scalp to my bushy chest
Reflects the journey from my restless mind to my heart at rest.

You have no business there,
You must have simply lost your way,
O, My Errant Hair....O, My Errant Hair

Discography

All Roads Lead to Om (CD album release in September 2009)

visit www.myspace.com/saimasters for streaming tracks

Baby Blue
Grace of the Unheard
Sitting on Sunshine
Face of the Divine
Nightingale
I Pray
Floating on Love
Kauai Night
The Story Song
Keiki Koa
Let's Call It Food
Valentine

upcoming CD:

Jah Roostafarian
We are One
Poor Potato
O My Errant Hair
Song For My Father (instrumental piano)

Set List

30'-60'
all originals

Baby Blue
Grace of the Unheard
Sitting on Sunshine
Valentine
We are One
I Pray
Face of the Divine
Kauai Night
O My Errant Hair
Our Next Love Song
Infinity Times Infinity
Love All, Serve All
Inner Space
Le Tour Eiffel, for you
Sunrise on the Iceberg
Poor Potato
Jah Roostafarian
Please Sound Horn OK Please