One day Nicola stumbled across a book of poems that totally captivated her. It was The Gift; Poem by Hafiz, the great Sufi Master, translations by Daniel Ladinsky. Hafiz is a 14th century Sufi Poem (same lineage as mystic poet Rumi). She started writing songs from these poems. Finally, after four years of writing, she contacted Daniel Ladinsky, the translator, and got his permission to publish. He gave his permission, and also gave his blessings on the work: 'I feel Nicola Gordon has helped complete these poems with her fine, fine music and gifted voice. I bet Hafiz thanks her.' --Daniel Ladinsky, best-selling Penguin author of The Gift, Poems by Hafiz. "Your music, the two Hafiz CDs, continue to bring me so much joy, I can't tell you. I am very grateful."-Murat Karaorman "...gratitude for allowing me to share an intimate evening with your beautiful abilities, that turned an already wonderful poetic work, into something even more special. You actually were able to transcend me into your world of childlike innocence and wonder, and then deep inside. I will take something special with me from that evening, wherever I go." ---Harold Sleiman.