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Hafiz & Mystical Companions

by Laszlo Slomovits

Expressive vocals, varied instrumentation and musical styles breathe contempory relevance into these timeless mystical poems.
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Great Need
3:03 $0.99
2. It Happens All the Time in Heaven
2:17 $0.99
3. Looking for God
3:15 $0.99
4. I Got Kin
2:46 $0.99
5. The God Who Only Knows Four Words
3:05 $0.99
6. And for No Reason
3:24 $0.99
7. Ten Thousand Idiots
2:42 $0.99
8. Kabir Blues
4:08 $0.99
9. No More Leaving
3:21 $0.99
10. Isn’t That Something?
2:35 $0.99
11. To Build a Swing
2:56 $0.99
12. A Productive Day
2:59 $0.99
13. A Hole in a Flute
2:46 $0.99
14. Our Union
3:18 $0.99
15. The Way They Held Each Other
3:48 $0.99
16. Just Rest
3:08 $0.99
17. It Acts Like Love
3:45 $0.99
18. And Love Says
2:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is the fourth CD in Laz’s series of Rumi / Hafiz poems set to music. Working from Daniel Ladinsky’s four books of translations (The Gift, I Heard God Laughing, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and Love Poems From God) Laz has rendered into song poems by Hafiz, Rumi, Rabia, Mira and Kabir — poet saints of the ancient East. These are timeless poems that transcend cultures and religions, and they continue to inspire and guide people all over the world, 500-1200 years after they were written.

These poets all lived in different times and places — from 8th Century Iraq (Rabia), to 13th Century Turkey (Rumi), to 14th Century Persia (Hafiz), to 15th Century North India (Kabir) and 16th Century West India (Mira). But they all had something very precious in common — a direct experience of God, and a desire to help others reach that same state of divine realization.

To this very day, throughout the East, the poetry of these mystics is not only read from books but also sung, accompanied by musical instruments. This recording brings their translated lyrics into this rich, ancient tradition of poetry set to music. These poems, rendered into song, are here beautifully sung and performed on a variety of instruments, bringing the magic of music to timeless lyrics.

There is only one reason we have followed God into this world:
To defend laughter, freedom, dance and love. - Hafiz

Daniel Ladinsky has published four volumes of poetry in translation — I Heard God Laughing, The Subject Tonight Is Love, Love Letters from God, and The Gift. These books have made it possible for people throughout the English-speaking world to fall in love with, and be inspired by the poetry of Hafiz and that of other poet saints.

Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in the family music duo, Gemini. ( His songs are featured on award-winning recordings and used in schools throughout the country. In addition, he has three solo recordings of Hafiz and Rumi’s poetry set to music: A Divine Invitation, Give Light and Gamble Everything for Love.



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Mystical Refreshment
Sometimes music is soothing, sometimes cathartic, sometime meditative….and sometimes the blend of words and music is of such purity, the heart opens, listens and returns to the awareness of everyday living like a flower, opened petal by petal. The fragrance released by the music of Laszlo Slomovits is like that for me.
There is an innocence of notes to the invitation of Hafiz’ words The God Who Only Knows Four Words. The flute's mysticism shines in A Hole in the Flute and the guitar’s sensuality is wrapped in the loving words of Our Union. I learn how to be more present to my lover, family, friends. Rabia’s, It Acts Like Love is given such a gentleness of sound that forgiveness arrives in the opening of the entire flower garden. I want to dance when the music skips and lilts in Rumi’s, Isn’t That Something? There is a mysterious edginess to the music applied to the words of Hafiz in Ten Thousand Idiots. And the harmonica whines and wails in Kabir’s wake up call in Kabir Blues, “If you circled every holy shrine in the world ten times, it would not get you to heaven as quick as controlling your anger.” There is the incense rising and the heart's surrendering in And Love Says. And my favorite experience returns each time Laszlo’s soothing voice enables me to Trust in the music and words in Hafiz’ poem, Just Rest.
This CD is a gift of the heart for you to give to others or to yourself.