Mandala made from the Vedanta Centre OM symbol
Gordon Burnham, author, musician

BIOGRAPHY

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Background and Experience

  • Music Director, Vedanta Centre, Cohasset, MA., since 1976-1996

  • Taught Music Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

  • Provided music and co-lead workshops with Joan Borysenko, Boston to Seattle

  • Concerts and workshops at Interface, Boston, Unity Village, Kansas City, Living Enrichment Center, Portland, OR., Lily Dale, NY, Western Unity Conference, Crystal Mountain.

  • Singer-songwriter recordings, including "Heartsong of the Sea", theme song for a video for Plymouth Marine Mammal Research Center to help save the whales.

Biography

Gordon was born and raised in Michigan, and began playing music and composing early on. He majored in psychology and minored in music at Western Michigan University. After college Gordon traveled throughout the US playing music in coffeehouses and colleges from California to Boston, finally making a home on the south shore of Boston, in an idyllic harbor town called Cohasset.  This was his base of operations from the late seventies as he played music professionally, taught music, and later taught Music Therapy at Northeastern University.

Gordon also found his spiritual home there, in Cohasset, MA.  at the Vedanta Centre, under the spiritual leadership of Srimata Gayatri Devi. He was soon given the position of Music Director, writing much of the ashram's music, coordinating music for all activities, leading the choir, and recording and publishing music for the center. The teaching and inspiration that the Vedanta Centre is founded upon comes from Swami Paramananda, and Srimata Gayatri Devi, who was his successor until her passing in 1995. In each window of the temple is a stained glass symbol of one of the world's religions.  The basic principle of Vedanta Philosophy being that just as light passes equally through all windows, the light of truth shines through all spiritual paths

In the late eighties, Miron and Joan Borysenko, who then lived in the nearby town of Scituate, came to know and love Gordon's music and felt it should be brought to a larger audience, so they produced and promoted his first solo album, "Rhythm of Life". He began providing music for, and co-leading workshops from Boston to Seattle with both Miron and Joan Borysenko, and was soon leading his own workshops and giving concerts in major New Age and spiritual centers throughout the US. Gordon also taught Music Therapy at Northeastern University, Boston, MA., and brought much of his knowledge into his workshops on "Healing and Spiritual Consciousness Through Music".  Gordon is currently based in La Crescenta, CA, where he continues to share his love for earth, humankind, and the Spirit that dwells in all, through the healing and spiritual power of music!


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