- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
In this video, musician and singer-songwriter Eric Harper explains his process of putting a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha to music. The techniques shared can be used in any medium and cultural background from Hip Hop to Western Ghanian music, Flamenco or Andian music.
Eric explains his approach to putting the Baha’i Writings to music is:
1. to try not to cram too many words into a musical sentence,
2. to try to understand the natural flow, emphasis and cadence of each word,
3. to try to bring out the spirit of the Writing he’s working with. (e.g. he tries to write in the key and tempo that best matched the Writing.
If you’d like to check out more videos by Eric Harper, please visit his YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/2yYDsKx
You might also be interested in this Baha’i Blog article by singer/songwriter Shadi Toloui-Wallace: Making “Non-Secular” Music in a “Secular” World
To listen to more musicians putting the Baha’i Writings to music, please check out Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions: https://bit.ly/1LtjUx9
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