Most of his many albums are stacked with great tunes, and they provide a compelling portrait of a man in search of meaningful human connections.
This song took a series of months to write. I knew what I wanted to say, but a wise person once told me "truth comes quickly and in few words. I came across a RumI poem that pretty much said what I was trying to get across.
The poem, titled "In Baghdad Dreaming of Cairo: In Cairo Dreaming of Baghdad," was written sometime in the late s. Below is a long-ish excerpt from that poem which seems like it fits here Excerpt from "In Baghdad Dreaming of Cairo: But he squandered it all too quickly.
So the man was left alone without provisions, An owl in the desert.
The Prophet has said That a true seeker must be completely empty like a lute To make the sweet music of Lord, Lord. When the emptiness starts to get filled with something, The one who plays the lute puts it down And picks up another.
There is nothing more subtle and delightful Than to make that music So this man with nothing, who had inherited everything And squandered it, kept weeping, Lord, Lord!
Finally in a dream he heard a voice, "your wealth Is in Cairo. But Cairo is a large city, And before he could find the spot, He had to wander about. He had no money, of course, so he Suddenly, he was seized by the night patrol. It so happened that many had been robbed recently In Cairo at night, and the police were told To assume that anyone out roaming after dark Was a thief So the night patrolman grabbed the man.
I am new to Cairo. I live in Baghdad. Always, the fragrance of truth has that effect I was told in my dream That there was a treasure for me in Baghdad, Buried in a certain quarter of the city On such and such a street.
Go there and get it. He breathed continuous praise. Finally he said, "The water of life is here.Sting’s interest in reggae was both political and academic. “Rock music is a very reactionary form,” he tells me.
As Gil Evans’s jazz arrangements appealed to him as a teenager, so did calypso and ska, “in the way that the drums were played, and the bass was brought out on top. Produced by Impact Entertainment, Sports & Event Marketing LLC and MAC Industries in association with Amaturo Sonoma Media Group.
Elvis Costello tells Performing Songwriter the stories behind his songs, including "Man Out of Time," "Every Day I Write the Book," and "So Like Candy" with.
Mar 08, · From SZA and Charli XCX to Gucci Mane and Jake Paul, 25 writers — John Jeremiah Sullivan, Angela Flournoy, Hanif Abdurraqib and more — tell us what’s happening to pop.
From the Album Reggae Max: Gregory Isaacs June 1, Be the first to review this item Start your day free trial of Unlimited to listen to this song plus tens of millions more songs. Exclusive Prime pricing. $ to buy Write Myself a Letter. Lyrics & Song Stories: Here're the lyrics to some of our recorded tunes.
Many songs have "Song Stories" -- background info and secrets about the songs.