A Gift of Love: Music Inspired by the Love Poems of Rumi

A Gift of Love: Music Inspired by the Love Poems of Rumi

by Deepak ChopraDeepak Chopra


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Rumi is the poet of poets, the most revered figure in Persian Islamic literature. Although born 800 years ago, his poetry has endured and has often been performed to music, as it is here. Deepak Chopra heads the impressive list of poetry readers on this remarkable album, a collection of 36 poems of love (for God) set to music, produced by Adam Plack (a.k.a. Nomad), who plays keyboards, leading a hefty ensemble of live performers. The readers: Madonna, Martin Sheen, Demi Moore, Blythe Danner, Goldie Hawn, Debra Winger, and many others, including Coleman Barks, the most esteemed of Rumi translators. The music is smooth and slightly mysterious, often propelled by lyrical rhythm bass and sensual grooves, dusted with a sultry vocalise. These days, one can't mention Rumi without conjuring the gravel-voiced poet/performer Robert Bly, who can recite Rumi, slap out a rhythm, guffaw, and spit nails at the same time. (Alas, he's not on this album.) For the most part, the readers assume a reverential tone, so it was refreshing to hear Coleman Bark's colorful Southern accent, Debra Winger's grit, and the innate humanity of elderly civil rights heroine Rosa Parks. The unidentified Persian singer sampled on the last "instrumental" really cuts to the quicken heart. The album is lovingly produced with spectacular (and informative) liner notes. Curl up with A Gift of Love for the evening, or let Rumi's words tap you on the shoulder from the musical background.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1998
Label: Rasa Music
UPC: 0619088307828
catalogNumber: 83078
Rank: 53080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deepak Chopra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Steve Gorn   Clarinet,Bansuri
Blythe Danner   Track Performer
Chris Barron   Track Performer
Madonna   Track Performer
Richard Horowitz   Keyboards,Ney
Tony Smith   Percussion,Drums
Yossi Fine   Bass Guitar
Adam Plack   Keyboards,Sampling
Robert Burke   Track Performer
Coleman Barks   Track Performer
Sussan Deyhim   Vocals,Track Performer
Yaron Fuchs   Keyboards,Sampling
Robert A.F. Thurman   Track Performer
Sonja Sohn   Track Performer
Demi Moore   Track Performer
Debra Winger   Track Performer
Royden Foster   Track Performer
Marian Stallings   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Deepak Chopra   Composer
Joe Franco   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Adam Plack   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sussan Deyhim   Composer
Lou Holtzman   Engineer
Yaron Fuchs   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michelle Willems   Art Direction
Darlene Cordero   Art Direction
Donna d'Cruz   Executive Producer
Rosa Parks   Contributor
Noah Hutton   Contributor
Laura Day   Contributor
Goldie Hawn   Contributor
Jared Harris   Contributor
Martin Sheen   Contributor

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