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A Love Like That (individual song)

"Ancient Sun" by Margaret Storer-Roche.  Used by permission of the artist.
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A tender ballad of unconditional love
Hafiz / Daniel Ladinsky

Daniel Ladinsky's elegant modern renderings of the works of Hafiz have introduced countless readers to this ancient Sufi poet's powerful philosophy of gratitude, openness and joy.  This generosity of spirit is captured in this warm and expansive setting.

A Love Like That may also be performed as part of the concert-length work, Go Out!

This song is also available in the collection A Love Like That: Songs of Unconditional Love.

Low Voice range:  f#-b"  ~  Medium Voice range: a-d"  ~  High Voice range: d'-g"

Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Price Quantity
Low voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4'00" M SEA-094-00 $6.00
Sheet Music
Medium voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4'00" M SEA-094-01 $6.00
Sheet Music
High voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4'00" M SEA-094-02 $6.00
Sheet Music

The Sun Never Says

Poem by Hafiz
English rendering by Daniel Ladinsky

All this time
The sun never says to the earth,

"You owe

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the
Whole Sky.

Composer's Note: 

As a scholar, I am inclined to carefully scrutinize the texts I set to music, making sure they are authentic, accurate and properly attributed.  Years of university training lead me to research sources, question assertions, and take great care with my facts. However, as a composer and musician, my behavior is more apt to lean towards that of a eager lover or bright-eyed magpie. I say this with neither pride nor shame, but instead with self-knowledge, for artists are well known to love shiny things: beauty, delight, patterns, color, intoxicating sounds, musical turns of phrase, and ideas which open the mind and heart.

It was with both minds that I approached the lyrical and engaging work of poet Daniel Ladinsky.  Neither a purist nor an academic, Ladinsky's popular Hafiz-inspired renderings have inspired passionate debate among poetry lovers, Sufi scholars, and Farsi speakers, all trying to ascertain to what extent these poems are translations, as opposed to original poems.  For this reason, I waited a long time before setting a Hafiz/Ladinsky poem to music, but in the end, the magpie in me won out.  Spontaneous gratitude knows no restraint:  I composed this song as a simple offering to the power of limitless generosity, in honor of my parents' 50th wedding anniversary


Marti Mendenhall and Elizabeth Alexander ~ National Conference of UUMN (Madison, WI)   * Premiere

Laura Fott and Susan Snyder ~ First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (Nashville, TN)

Ruth MacKenzie and Elizabeth Alexander ~ First Universalist Church (Minneapolis, MN)

Women's choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah - Kelly Blackmarr Carlile, conductor (Savannah, GA)

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