Mark S. Haskett | Song of The Prophet

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Song of The Prophet

by Mark S. Haskett

A journey through the pages of the world\'s most beloved treasury of sacred poetry, Kahlil Gibran\'s \"The Prophet.\" From the sweet harmonies of \"On Love\" to the caustic blues of \"On Laws,\" Gibran\'s familiar words soar with new power and meaning.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Love
6:06 album only
2. On Pleasure
5:04 album only
3. On Religion
4:13 album only
4. On Children
5:05 album only
5. On Laws
5:50 album only
6. On Giving
6:31 album only
7. On Joy and Sorrow
5:00 album only
8. On Work
3:20 album only
9. On Marriage
6:46 album only
10. On Beauty
6:40 album only
11. On Freedom
4:07 album only
12. On Death
6:15 album only


Album Notes
Back in the days of America's last unpopular war, Kahlil Gibran's masterwork of inspirational poetry, THE PROPHET, was practically required reading on college campuses and at life-cycle events from baptisms to funerals. A perennial best-seller since its publication decades earlier -- at times second only to The Holy Bible in sales volume -- The Prophet developed a devoted following around the world, admired by readers for its soaring, scripture-like cadences and insight into the human condition.

The Vietnam War was still raging when philosophy student Mark Haskett set Gibran's chapter "On Marriage" to music in honor of a friend's wedding. After being invited to sing the words at scores of other weddings -- and writing new melodies and guitar chords for several more chapters -- Mark compiled a folksy, John-Denver style adaptation of well over half the book. While still considering his music a "work in progress," he debuted eight of his songs at a nearby Unitarian Fellowship, along with a running commentary on Gibran's life and spiritual philosophy.

It was only after Mark started an interfaith organization and authored his own book of spiritual insights that he became serious about rearranging and recording his "Prophet music." Securing permission from the Gibran National Committee in Lebanon (to whom the Lebanese-born author/artist had bequeathed his royalties), Mark sought out other musicians and vocalists to explore the potential within his songs for a wider variety of musical styles and instrumentation. The resulting group was dubbed ProphetSong; and the finished CD, "Song of The Prophet," is now a remarkable collection that ranges from haunting ballads to metal-edged blues, from lilting jazz to get-up-and-dance zydeco.

While in some cases rearranging the order of The Prophet's oft-quoted lines to fit a more traditional verse-and-refrain format, Mark has remained true to Gibran's exact words. The fact that the lyrics don't rhyme goes virtually unnoticed amidst Gibran's unsurpassed prose and rhythmic phrases. And though the music relies on the book's popularity for added meaning and context, each of the songs can stand quite nicely on its own, with several compositions that sound as if the words were written to fit the music than the other way around.

For existing readers of The Prophet, familiar lines take on even more majesty and power. For those new to Gibran's work, the universal wisdom and timeless truths that shine through these captivating melodies should not only create a new generation of loyal readers, but bring a refreshing alternative to the kind of pop music that can entertain, but ultimately fails to enrich us.

Thanks to Gibran's words and Mark's music, "Song of The Prophet" does both.



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I love this CD!
It has great vocals and neat variety from song to song. I can tell it was done with great care because there are so many different instruments and the sound is splendid. It\'s good as background music or when you need motivation to get stuff done.