‘The Ancient Beauty’ is the title song from my most recent album in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh. The song is a powerful invocation of a number of the Titles of Bahá’u’lláh describing His unique station.
I had tried for a long time to set some of His titles to music but after several attempts I almost gave up. I wanted the melody to be fitting and appropriate but the pressure of creating an incredible composition for the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh paralyzed me.
One morning in May, however, I felt inspired to give it one more try and marveled at how the composition flowed that day. I immediately set about recording the piece as the deadline for the project was fast approaching.
Normally I start out a song quite softly and let the vocals build gradually, but for this one I wanted there to be nothing to distract from His glorious Names. Please listen and tell me what you think. I hope you also find it moving!
Since releasing the video, I have heard from many friends who have shared that they have used it for devotionals, Feasts and even plan to use it for their celebration of the Bicentenary!
The slideshow is below and is also available for download on vimeo.
(Photo by Adeeb Afshar)