Say What? Bluegrass and Sufism?

Yes, one of my three favorite Bluegrass songs is a Sufi one. Who’d a thunk that? It is based on Rumi’s poem The Reed Flute. A meshing of my two worlds (Kentuckian and Muslim).  Rumi always knows how to speak the truth of the heart and spirit. None can compare. I am of the belief that songs speak the words we cannot express. As our eyes are a window to our soul; the music we gravitate toward also gives glimpses of our innate nature. Along with this beautiful song is the two to complete my three favorite Bluegrass songs (to date… I am open to change my mind later). The second one, Rank Stranger by Crooked Still is how it feels sometimes when I go back to the Hills as a Muslim. The third is Maxida Marak & The Downhill Bluegrass Band’s East of the Mountains. It reminds me of the sad state of the Appalachia with the overgrowth of modernity killing nature and the people… snuffing out what makes it so enchanting. Enjoy!

 

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