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The style of this poem was influenced and inspired by the ecstatic poetry of Rumi and Hafez - whom I was reading at the time. We did not do an arrangement of this song before recording but recorded pieces of it - the cycling harp, certain sung phrases over and over - and then literally, old skool style, took the scissors to the tape! So the end result was a genuine cut up. Barbara and I did have a live version that we performed but we would have to invent something all over again to do it now - and I hope we do because I really love this dreamy piece and that harp-waterfall is just lush.

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The Beloved is a face
The shape of which held in memory
Can never be distorted
The Beloved is a much read book
In the turning of whose pages a new discovery
Is always made
The Beloved is a banquet
To which hunger has brought us
That we may serve as well as feast
The Beloved is a music
Which intoxicates but does not terrify
In which all moments
Are lost
Except for
This One

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from Aether, San Francisco 1994​-​1997, released June 30, 1998
Barbara Imhoff, pedal harp
Chuck Kentis and David Palmer: electronics, production

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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