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If You Desire – Ali Youssefi [Official Video]

August 17, 2022, in Music > Choir, by

In this musical world collaboration (virtual choir & string ensemble) produced by Ali Youssefi, 45 singers and instrumentalists from 17 countries and territories join to spread a message of love and hope with humanity.

The song is based on the words of Abdu’l-Baha:

If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men. Do not despair! Work steadily. Sincerity and love will conquer hate.

Abdu’l-Baha

Ali Youssefi is a musician whose songs move the heart. You may be familiar with his global musical initiatives “Unite” or his song “Waves”.

In a video interview with Ali, we hear about the role an artist or musician can play in building community. And in a written interview with him about “Waves”, he shares what he has learned about the process of putting virtual choir music videos together.

Ali was also critical in helping us film Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions in Belgrade, Serbia (where he was living at the time), and from these sessions you can watch him sing “Jedinstvo (Unity)” in Serbian,  “Oh Mi Siervo (O My Servant)” in Spanish, and “Know Ye Not” in English. He also sings “Blessed Is the Spot” along with Katie and Deborah Eckert from our Studio Session recorded in Antigua and Barbuda.

If you’d like to know more, please visit Ali Youssefi’s website.

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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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