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Would you listen to Pure Water again? Why?
Yes. It was wonderful listening to it the first time. But, I really love it as background when I’m doing boring tasks that require some level of concentration such that I can’t listen to a narrative. Since I’ve heard this recording before, if a miss a few lines, it’s no big deal. Instead, it just helps me hear the following lines in a new fresh way. But, having this as a background adds a touch of beauty to my everyday actions. It helps me see the poetry in my day.
What did you like best about this story?
On the second hearing, I really appreciated the cello much more. First time through, I was trying to follow the words. Sometimes, now, I like to listen to it just for the cello. It really is the perfect marriage. The cello perfectly deepens the emotion of the words, sometimes almost to tears.
Which character – as performed by Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen (cello) – was your favorite?
Barks’s Southern delivery really fits the soulfulness of the poetry quite well. I have to say, I don’t love hearing Barks’s own poetry that much. I mostly just want to hear Rumi. But, it did help me realize that when we are reading the poetry of Rumi, we are actually hearing the poetry of Barks. I suppose he must feel he does not gets much credit as a poet. I previously thought Barks was some sort of Persian scholar. Now I realize he is actually, primarily, a poet.
Any additional comments?
A lovely work that gets better wirh repetition