1. Wayfarer in Three Movements I MP3
1. Wayfarer in Three Movements II MP3
1. Wayfarer in Three Movements III MP3
2. Exquisitely Woven MP3
3. Singing and Dreaming MP3
4. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam MP3
5. Beloved MP3
6. Presents MP3
7. Sacred Bread MP3
Kabir describes God as the breath inside the breath and Hildegaard of Bingen says “I am a feather on the breath of God”
Although this CD has been inspired by my fathers’ journey home to wherever this manifested world came from, and the journey we had to make to let him go, ultimately this CD is about our longing for the Beloved in all its manifestations. We may experience the Beloved in the dying face of a loved one, our baby’s smiles and gurgles, a friend’s hug, the sun glancing off water, the beauty of a lime tree’s scent, or in meeting emptiness as we breathe out or fullness as we breathe in. We may long to see, hold and touch the Beloved by creating it in our imaginations and learning to make it real by embodying it in our hearts.
This CD is an offering to our brokenness and to our splendour, as we are “exquisitely woven” and our “souls have the signature of God”.
Wayfarer in 3 movements: Inspired by a poem by Hafiz, a 14th century Sufi mystic and poet, whose
words resonated with my feelings of how precious my dad was in life.
Dedicated to Tess Harris the cellist (and childhood neighbour and friend in Uganda).
Exquisitely Woven: Words and music by Marguerite.
A beautiful image of how we are woven from light, breath and vibration was growing by the
time I read Hafiz’s poem Wayfarer. Sitting beside my father, I was amazed at how he shone
with grace and an inner light even as his body and mind were unravelling.
The violin represents the soul.
Singing and Dreaming: Words and music by Marguerite.
I wrote this piece on retreat in Iona shortly after my father’s death. The inspiration came from
a musical drama about a Finnish legend; A mother singing her dead son back into life.
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: Music by Marguerite. Translation by Edward Fitzgerald
My mother recited these 12th century Sufi quatrains about awakening throughout my life.
Beloved: Words and music by Marguerite.
Simply imagining the Beloved as a lover.
Presents: Poem by Norman MacCaig. Music by Marguerite.
A contemplation of emptiness and plenitude and the tides of the breath; life and death.
Sacred Bread: Music by Marguerite.
This choral piece took some of Khalil Gibran’s words on love as its inspiration.
“Speak to me of Love”
Anahita are: Liz Mantle, Katie Cochrane, Julia Hollander, Shelley Innez,
Sarah Verney, Virginia Allport, Jake Daichi Gill,
Danny and Chris Emlyn-Jones, Pete Wallis.
All sang in Wayfarer and Sacred Bread
Piano in Wayfarer, Freya Wallis and Cello, Tess Harris.
Conductor: Marguerite Wallis
Exquisitely Woven was sung by Marguerite Wallis and Liz Mantle.
Piano and violin; Marguerite Wallis
Singing and Dreaming was sung by Marguerite Wallis
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was sung by Marguerite and Pete Wallis
Beloved was sung by Marguerite Wallis, Julia Hollander,
Liz Mantle, Shelley Innez and Melissa Holding.
Piano by Gillian Fisher
Presents was sung by Marguerite Wallis and Danny and Chris Emlyn-Jones.
All tracks were recorded and mastered by Oli Whitworth in his studio
except Wayfarer and Sacred Bread which were recorded at the Ark-T Centre in
Cowley, Oxford. Many thanks to the Ark-T Centre for the use of their piano and church.
CD cover photo was taken in Iona and turned into a CD cover by Pete Wallis
assisted by Ross Wallis
Heartfelt gratitude to all the singers and musicians who helped with this project
including; Sweet Edge who have sung these pieces in many concerts, my family for
their love and Fiona Dobie (my singing teacher) whose smile gives me confidence.
A deep bow to my Sufi Retreat Guide, Noor Jacobs who inspires and encourages my
creativity. Warm thanks to Oli Whitworth for his sensitivity, musicality and friendship.
Dedicated to the memory of my father Ronald Watts: a Quaker, agriculturalist and journalist who was ‘smitten by Africa’.