The Songs of Hafiz

a musical experience preserved on CD by James R. Newell

"[James R. Newell's] ...musical inventiveness is graceful and inspired. He enters into the seriousness of Sufi spirituality, bringing with him an undeniably American directness that gives up none of its own individuality. If you know the Persian originals, you will recognize these, with a sense of aesthetic shock, as quintessential and beautiful. If you hear them for the first time in English, you will hear a damn good song." 

The Songs of Hafiz CD is $15.00 plus $2.50 shipping. ( If you buy more than one CD, shipping is an additional $1.00 per item.)


Blue Sadhana presents a unique collection of songs in the World/Folk style, featuring talented singer songwriter James R. Newell. James has skillfully adapted the lyric poetry of 14th century Persian Sufi Poet Hafiz of Shiraz to American folk music idioms. He has created an eclectic blend of world and folk melodies which effectively make available the classic beauty of Hafiz's lyrics to the modern, English speaking listener. In particular, his feel for American blues music evokes the ambiance of the traditional Sufi tavern, adding a sense of mystery to the classic Persian themes of lover and beloved, the wine of Divine intoxication, and the torturous path of love. 

CD Track Listing Sound files
1. O Bartender MP3
2. Into the Mirror of My Cup MP3
3. A Blood Drenched Song MP3
4. Handful of Roses MP3
5. The Daughter of the Vine MP3
6. Disciple of the Cup MP3
7. The Line of My Beloved's Mouth MP3
8. My Beloved Came MP3
9. The Songs of Hafiz MP3

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James R. Newell is an accomplished musician, performer, and blues singer who has appeared with many of the all-time great blues artists including John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and original Kansas City blues shouter 'Big' Joe Turner. James' treatment of the poetry of Hafiz brings a solid barroom feel to the Sufi tavern of the great Persian poet. But don't take our word for it, enter the tavern and find out for yourself by clicking on one of the sound files below.

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