Patti Shaffner | A Dervish Heart

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A Dervish Heart

by Patti Shaffner

Patti's compositions exhibit a blend of witty lyrics and funky soulfulness that makes them both entertaining and stimulating to listen to.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. In the Dark
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2. Only Lovers Know
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3. Simplest Things
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4. The Thing That Fascinates
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5. You Are There
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6. Whatcha Gonna Do
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7. Eve Got Bored
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I have always appreciated the things in Life that defy being categorized.

It is easy to plug something into a nice neat box so that we can have our expectations about what is inside. However, that limits SO much what is possible. I say that I fit into Jazz... mainly because Jazz appeals to me the most in my musical life. However - My original music does not always fit there. It is sometimes Folkish - Bluesy - Singer/Songwriter(whatever that means) - Jazzy - Meditative - etc.

Hopefully what it ultimately is, is provocative. I want my listeners to think outside the box.

The longer I live, the deeper Life takes me. I want to share the idea that a love song is anything that reminds us of the beauty and connectedness of us all. My invitation to you - Consider that LOVE means that we really can’t ever turn away from each other. In the traditions of the Sufis, the Dervish spins to understand that wherever he/she turns, there is the face of the Divine. Where so ever you turn – there – there – there - THERE is the face of Love. Sometimes in the face of a person...sometimes in the way the light shines... sometimes in a melody... other times the door opens to our own personal trials and we see that those too are connected to the Beloved. The Dervish sits at that always-open doorway between our awareness of Love and our own forgetting. In each breath – can be found inspiration. What we are seeking is always closer than we realize.

May these songs guide you to the door.

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Sue Fink

Well Done!
Just released! This seven-song collection is united by the theme of love -- not necessarily romantic love, these songs are "meant to invite us to step through the doorway of our ordinary reality into the place of the Divine" -- and if that ain't love I don't know what is!

This is a jazzy collection, but I hesitate to use genre-identification here because the songs use various styles: If you're a fan of complex rhythms, beautiful vocals and melody, thoughtful lyrics, and beautiful arrangements, this CD is for you.

Not to go all Forrest Gump or anything, but each of these songs is like a delectable piece of chocolate: Sure you could have just one, but why would you when you can have the whole box? And they all blend so well with each other, too. Seemingly simple, they are flavored by complex "spices": not only guitar, bass and percussion, but also chromatic harmonica (sounds like accordian, perfect in "Simplest Things"!), clave, kora, cello, organ, Tibetan chimes, and more. The arrangements are never "cluttered"; rather, they enhance the songs, never overpowering Patti's gorgeous and moving vocals. Just damn well done!

I love them all, but my personal favorite is "You Are There," which begins:

I find my way in the dark like a blind man/ Reaching out for you
And I’ve lost my way so many times/ That I no longer know what’s true

But in the silence before the flight of birds/ You are there
And when I least expect it/ You are there

The "you" can be whomever or whatever you wish. The music is dreamlike; Patti's vocals are soft and honest. If you're driving, you're likely to hit the "repeat" button multiple times and all of a sudden you're home, with no recollection of how you got there. -- that kind of song.
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