Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.
In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.
In this episode I interview the wonderful Luke Slott, a Baha’i singer and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland who has an equally wonderful head of hair. We talk about his musical background and how he became a Baha’i; how he first started composing music based on the Baha’i Writings and the new album he’s just released during the month of the Baha’i Fast called Year of the Nightingale, which is dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah taking place this year. He tells us all about the fascinating book he’s currently reading; what personal struggle he’s currently trying to overcome, and what advice he would give to other artists and musicians. He also sings one of the songs from his new album live for us, and shares another one of them at the end of our beautiful conversation.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
Wonderful Blogcast! Luke is talented as a musician yet so humble.
Criselda R. Figuerres (March 3, 2017 at 2:43 PM)
We’re very happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for your support and encouragement, Criselda!
Sonjel Vreeland (March 3, 2017 at 3:52 PM)
Thank you! Naysan and Rain for this podcast.
Criselda R. Figuerres (March 3, 2017 at 2:44 PM)
Such a great conversation. Subjects that you covered were really helpful.
Soha (June 6, 2017 at 5:14 PM)
Most delightful, informative and entertaining podcast. Felt like I was setting in the studio listening to friends chatting. Intrigued and want to know more about all of you–thank you for this.
Mo Green (September 9, 2018 at 10:52 PM)
Thank you so much for your message and so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! If you haven’t already, check out the rest of the Baha’i Blogcast episodes here: http://bahaiblog.net/bahaiblogcast/
Naysan Naraqi (September 9, 2018 at 12:18 AM)
Yes, this WAS a beautiful conversation. It was great to finally meet the man behind this glorious devotional music, some of which I had been handed on a pen drive a while back. Luke, I was deeply stirred “in all my limbs and members” by your a capella rendition of Beauty, particularly as it is based on the prayer I recited to the Spiritual Assembly of Abu Dhabi during my re-declaration interview four years ago – which one of the members then told me she had heard was THE prayer (in the original Farsi version) that had kept some of the Bahá’í victims of persecution in Iran in the ‘80s strong in their faith in the face of that ultimate test.
Luke and Rainn, I was happy to be reminded by both of you how, during the closing years of my “in-between” decades, my all-consuming voluntary participation in the affairs of the Emirates Natural History Group brought my then-long-dormant Bahá’í spirit to bear on this life-affirming enterprise — readying me for my re-integration of head and heart (Ilm and Erfan, as Hooper Dunbar reminds us) in my return to the Bahá’í community via Ruhi Book 1 study when a Bahá’í prayer book came into my hands at the depth of a wrenching career crisis. After one door had firmly closed for me, the result of this process was the opening of a succession of doors on both spiritual and material planes, through which I am still, with ever-growing faith and trust in the Lord of all Creation, gingerly and gratefully stepping… And finally, Luke, your advice to artists to do the work – to slog through those 10,000 hours, as Rainn put it (I’ll give a shout-out to Malcolm Gladwell here) – is very much welcomed by this ever-so slowly-maturing poet, yours truly.
Keith J. Taylor (February 2, 2019 at 8:48 AM)