Give Light: Rumi
'Love is the way messengers from the mystery tell us things.' Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th Century Sufi mystic, is considered by many to be the world's greatest spiritual poet. His powerful poems on the longing of human beings for reunion with the divine, on the many-faceted mysteries of love, and of encouragement on the spiritual path, have inspired countless people for centuries. To this very day, throughout the Middle East, Rumi's poetry is not only read from books but also sung, accompanied by musical instruments. This recording brings Rumi's translated lyrics back into this rich, ancient tradition of poetry set to music. With these gorgeous melodies, Rumi's lines dance off the page! These newly created settings, beautifully sung and performed on a variety of instruments, bring the magic of music to these timeless lyrics. Coleman Barks is a renowned poet whose work was featured in both of Bill Moyers' PBS television series on poetry, The Language of Life and Fooling with Words. He is the foremost translator of Rumi's poetry, and largely responsible for making Rumi the most widely read poet in America today. Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in the nationally-known family music duo, Gemini. His original songs have been featured on a number of award-winning recordings, as well as in songbooks and musicals used in schools throughout the country. In addition, he has two previous solo recordings on spiritual themes, Bright in All of Us and Harbor of the Heart. 'Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.'