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The Doug Shaffer Project, CD cover, Bahá'u'lláh's Way.
CD: Bahá'u'lláh's Way: A Song Cycle
The Doug Shaffer Project
Excerpts from a review by Lynne Rach, U.S.A.
...This CD offers a range of styles that, frankly, is
surprising. What's so special about it? Paul Samosky's
soaring lead guitar, Calvin Napper's drums, and Beverly
Doug Shaffer´s lyrics are enlivened by the voices of
Rose McCoy, Boniswa Amira Ayan, and Chris and Lynn Rosser.
The music on the CD covers the range of Pop, Rock, Jazz,
Rhythm & Blues, with a hint of Gospel, and there are Reggae
undertones there, too. Not all in the same song, of course,
but it's all there, ably performed by Doug and company.
The ´song cycle´ part of the title is a clue to the journey
the listener will undertake in hearing the songs in order.
The title track, ´Bahá'u'lláh's Way,´ leads off like a
teacher unveiling the light to a seeker. Then follows
´Traceless Friend,´ which musically reminds one of something
that might have been performed by Sting, where the listener
bears witness to the seeker´s first steps in search for the
Beloved. Subsequent songs admonish the seeker to be
steadfast (´Don't Be Foolish´), to persevere (´Shorten These
Days´), to keep focused on the horizon (´Mountain Rising´),
and to struggle for spiritual life (´Release Me´). The
solution to the struggle is revealed in "Turn to the Light,"
after which the goal is visible in "New World in This
World." The awakened soul travels though a very jazzy ´Walk
Through This World Together´ before reaching the best song
on the CD, ´Just One,´ which advises: Try your very best,
hold the note you sing, hold it while others take a breath
of spring, sing it by the river where God passed by, it's
all just one sweet lullabye....
Excerpts from pages 10 & 11, Arts Dialogue, December 1999.
Bahá'u'lláh's Way: A Song Cycle which is produced,
recorded & mixed by Eric Johnson, is for sale for $15 plus
the BDS in the USA, from Special Ideas, Images
International, and the BDS in Australia.
More info about the Doug Shaffer Project can be viewed at:
Arts Dialogue, Dintel 20, NL 7333 MC, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands