Tom Rasely | 7 Pillars of Wisdom

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7 Pillars of Wisdom

by Tom Rasely

An instrumental suite based on the writings of Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia); "world music" that blends Eastern and Western sounds and folk tunes which mirror the English/Arab makeup of Lawrence's army.
Genre: Classical: Programmatic music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Silences of Stars
3:54 $0.99
2. Off the Pilgrim Road
3:06 $0.99
3. Granite Spires
2:48 $0.99
4. The Mirage Had Begun To Dance
3:14 $0.99
5. The Hollow Ground Re-echoed
3:14 $0.99
6. Circle Beyond Circle
3:21 $0.99
7. Last Light of the West/dance of Sunbeams
3:42 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“7 Pillars of Wisdom” was originally intended to be about seven ancient Arab cities. It is also a reference to the Book of Proverbs 9:1 which says: “Wisdom hath built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars."

Lawrence had traveled throughout the region as an archeologist, so the area was familiar to him when he was called into service during World War I. A reluctant soldier, an unlikely hero, he once said of himself: “I've been & am absurdly over-estimated. There are no supermen & I'm quite ordinary, & will say so whatever the artistic results.” He craved anonymity, yet could not avoid the spotlight.

He was also a lover of music. One entire room of his house at Clouds Hill, near Wareham, England, was devoted to his record collection, which included much classical music.

T. E. Lawrence was a man who was placed in extraordinary historical circumstances; a man caught between two cultures that he loved equally. He was born on August 16, 1888, and died on May 21, 1935. If you’ve never read the book, read it!

Lawrence once said, "This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought." Tom Rasely has dared to attempt to express it in music. You can see the video of "Off the Pilgrim Road" at Tom's Youtube site.



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