The Soul Is Here For It's Own Joy
Additional lyrics by Michael London
Love nurtures and sustains us, and through it we come to know ourselves, each other and our life journey. Rumi, the great 13th century Sufi poet, offers us an opportunity to deepen our capacity to love and be loved. His ecstatic poems reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity and the divine. I was first introduced to Rumi by my wife, Lisa and other poet friends. I had always been drawn to ecstatic experience and the feeling of a larger reality that was bigger than the self, and in Rumi I found the possibility of transcendence and words that were just as powerful as the music that I had always felt at my core. I find an unexplainable resonance with Rumi’s words written in the 13th century that somehow speak so directly to us, without all of the trappings of modern society and contemporary references. They seem to cut through all that and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy. My musical journey began with singing folk songs and show tunes with my family and it brought a warmth, connectness and bonding like nothing else. I was especially inspired singing songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye and began to write songs and to develop my own musical voice. In college I found a whole new world of incredible players and shifted my focus to instrumental work, learning to improvise and accompany dancers with atmospheric and lyrical guitar. Today, these many influences come together in these heartfelt explorations of “Rumi In Song”
With Paul Butler on sax
Composed from a poem by Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks
Michael London, guitar & vocals
Rolly Brown, lead guitar
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Michael London - vocals and guitar
Paul Butler - clarinet
Jim Hamilton - percussion
Janna Kane - Bkd vocals
recorded live at the PSALM Salon
Charlie Haden, Coleman Barks, Richard Thompson, Tom Paxton
A family member once said, "You have an excellent voice, but you are no Englebert Humperdinck!"
I saw the Rolling Stones in Detroit. The opening act was Stevie Wonder!
Bacon and cheese omelet
Don't show off. Instead, make others sound and play great.
Thich Nhat Hahn