In My Soul (baritone, guitar, cello), from amass (download)
“In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.”
(Bradley Greenwald, baritone, Eric Kutz, cello, and Jeffrey Van, guitar)
Voicing: baritone, cello, and guitar
duration: 3 minutes
This sweet, soulful song is excerpted from Jocelyn’s oratorio amass. The text is a translation by Daniel Ladinsky, from his book Love Poems from God. Rabia, the original poet, was a female Muslim saint and Sufi mystic who lived in Iraq in the 8th century.
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church
where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is
where ecstasy gets poured into itself
where the wing is fully alive
but has no mind or
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque,
that dissolve, that
– Rabia, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.
This tune is heartfelt and warm, and baritones with a wide range will enjoy interpreting this beautiful song.