Here are 10 songs I recorded with my brother Trace and our band Small World.
A very personal farewell song to a dear friend turned up some images that proved to be universal. -Trace
Through this song I prayed for a dear friend, who has now learned to “stay away from the madness.” -Trav
This came out of a very simple but pleasant afternoon with a friend in Boston. It was raining. We drank tea. We talked of life. I was strumming the guitar while my friend answered a phone call. The rhythm and basic chords came together; the lyrics came later. -Trace
Love has many faces. “Gipsy” is about the mystical face of love. -Trav
This is about recovering from unrequited love. Relationships are funny to me. What we perceive and want is not usually what is there. Now I try to accept and love what is really in front of me and laugh at my own exaggerated imagination. -Trace
I dedicate this song to Tahirih (The Pure One) who received her title from Baha’u’llah. She was an accomplished Persian poetess of the mid-nineteenth century. Tahirih refused to wear a veil or to submit to the belief that women were inferior to men. For this and her dedication to the Baha’i Faith, she gave her life. -Trav
This was written for a friend who lacked the self-confidence to get out of a destructive relationship. I later realized that the song applied equally to me. -Trav
Traditionally, heaven is some ultimate goal. I find it all around every day in the interactions I have with people, in the things we do. Some people expect to find heaven at the end of a long road. I find it in the faces of people I see every day. -Trace
Alcoholism is only the symptom of a much deeper malady running in the world, the degradation of the human spirit. The nobility of the individual is under attack from many sides. But even the most cynical harbor the hope for love. -Trace
Some of us try to change the world; some of us try just to change ourselves. Seems to me that, either way, the first step is to let go of one’s ego. -Trav
Here are links to three pieces of solo baboo flute music I improvised. Each was inspired by the prayer it precedes.
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
(Compilations, Baha’i Prayers, p. 150)
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I implore Thee, by Thy Most Great Name through Which Thou didst stir up Thy servants and build up Thy cities, and by Thy most excellent titles, and Thy most august attributes, to assist Thy people to turn in the direction of Thy manifold bounties, and set their faces towards the Tabernacle of Thy wisdom. Heal Thou the sicknesses that have assailed the souls on every side, and have deterred them from directing their gaze towards the Paradise that lieth in the shelter of Thy shadowing Name, which Thou didst ordain to be the King of all names unto all who are in heaven and all who are on earth. Potent art Thou to do as pleaseth Thee. In Thy hands is the empire of all names. There is none other God but Thee, the Mighty, the Wise.
I am but a poor creature, O my Lord; I have clung to the hem of Thy riches. I am sore sick; I have held fast the cord of Thy healing. Deliver me from the ills that have encircled me, and wash me thoroughly with the waters of Thy graciousness and mercy, and attire me with the raiment of wholesomeness, through Thy forgiveness and bounty. Fix, then, mine eyes upon Thee, and rid me of all attachment to aught else except Thyself. Aid me to do what Thou desirest, and to fulfill what Thou pleasest.
Thou art truly the Lord of this life and of the next. Thou art, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
(Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 22)
Vouchsafe unto me, O my God, the full measure of Thy love and Thy good-pleasure, and through the attractions of Thy resplendent light enrapture our hearts, O Thou Who art the Supreme Evidence and the All-Glorified. Send down upon me, as a token of Thy grace, Thy vitalizing breezes, throughout the daytime and in the night season, O Lord of bounty.
No deed have I done, O my God, to merit beholding Thy face, and I know of a certainty that were I to live as long as the world lasts I would fail to accomplish any deed such as to deserve this favor, inasmuch as the station of a servant shall ever fall short of access to Thy holy precincts, unless Thy bounty should reach me and Thy tender mercy pervade me and Thy loving-kindness encompass me.
All praise be unto Thee, O Thou besides Whom there is none other God. Graciously enable me to ascend unto Thee, to be granted the honor of dwelling in Thy nearness and to have communion with Thee alone. No God is there but Thee.
Indeed shouldst Thou desire to confer blessing upon a servant Thou wouldst blot out from the realm of his heart every mention or disposition except Thine Own mention; and shouldst Thou ordain evil for a servant by reason of that which his hands have unjustly wrought before Thy face, Thou wouldst test him with the benefits of this world and of the next that he might become preoccupied therewith and forget Thy remembrance.
– The Báb
(Compilations, Baha’i Prayers, p. 149)
* 1835 Sweetheart died
* 1836 Had nervous breakdown
* 1838 Defeated for Speaker
* 1843 Defeated for nomination for Congress
* 1848 Lost renomination
* 1849 Rejected for land officer
* 1854 Defeated for U.S. Senate
* 1856 Defeated for nomination for Vice President
* 1858 Again defeated for U.S. Senate
* 1860 Elected President
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