Year of the Nightingale

by Luke Slott

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Year of the Nightingale is my first full-length studio album of songs based on the Bahá'í Writings. It was produced by sound-engineer/rocket-scientist Kelly Snook and features musical contributions from some of my best friends and favourite musicians. It was made with love and science, recorded in more studios than there are songs on the album, and released in honour of the Bahá'í Community's 2017 celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892)

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released April 1, 2017

Words from the Writings of Bahá’u'lláh

Credits:

Produced and Mixed by Kelly Snook and Luke Slott
Songs Composed by Luke Slott
Music Composed and Arranged by Luke Slott and Kelly Snook

Recorded and Engineered by Kelly Snook at:
It’s Not Rocket Science Studios in Washington DC, USA; Lewes, Sussex, UK; Essex, UK
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA
Milkboy Studios, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The Hideaway at the Round House, Essex, UK
Jonathan Black's Studio, Dublin, Ireland

Additional recording by:
Ryan Moys at The Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Antimo Kelly Puca at AP Studios Dublin, Ireland
Paul Finan at An Croí, Wicklow, Ireland
Pete Min at Lucy’s Meat Market, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cora Venus Lunny in Wicklow, Ireland.

Mastered by Mandy Parnell
at Black Saloon Studios, London, UK
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Hal Robinson

Art by Shirin Sahba
Design by Jamie Hanrahan

Musicians:
(in order of appearance)

Luke Slott - Acoustic Guitar (1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Vocals (1-10), Electric Guitar (2, 3), Piano (2, 4, 10), Rhodes (7, 9), Trumpet (2, 9, 10), Mbira (5), Percussion (6)
Diane Badie - Vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)
Kelly Snook - Layering (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10), Keyboards (2), Vocals (3), Rhodes (6), Miscellaneous Percussion
Ian Rafalak* - Electric Bass (1, 2, 6, 8), Upright Bass (5)
Jason Rafalak* - Mandolin (1, 2), Bowed Bass (10)
Adam Siegel* - Saxophone (1, 6, 8)
Anwar Marshall* - Drums (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Vyvienne Long* - Cello (3, 4, 5, 9, 10)
Cora Venus Lunny - Violin & Viola (3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10)
Dave Mooney - Electric Bass (3)
Niall Woods - Cymbals (3, 4)
Miriam Wakeling - Cello (5)
*contributed additional composition or improvisation of parts

Thank-you to all our friends and families, to our executive producer Farid Jaberi and everyone else who supported our Kickstarter campaign, and to everyone credited for their hard work in the making of the album.

Special thanks to:
Susan Slott, Jerry Kidd, Ladan Ghiami, Parviz & Jila Ghiami, Mike Slott, Naisohn Arfai, Hamid Samandari, Aref Amanat, Anissa Moeini, Jian Khodadad, Arran Kennedy, Justin de Leon, Arya & Chad Badiyan, Hillary Chapman, Sara Talai, Irène Momtaz, Caeli Lohr, Katharine Kripke, Matt Tazehzadeh, Judy Lunny, Ray McCann, Oisin Lunny, Marie Glad, David Lefebvre Sell, Shamsy Kamtarin, Akin Marquis, Sam Mazloum, Imogen Heap, Stephanie Alves, Kelsey Bulkin, JB Eckl, John Sampson, Caroline Whitfield, Debbie Baker and Frazer Ward.

This album is dedicated to all those who, during this year of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (2017), are persecuted for their faith.

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Luke Slott is a singer, songwriter and composer from Dublin, Ireland. He plays piano, guitar and trumpet, and collaborates with a variety of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Track Name: Beauty
Beauty

O my Lord!  Make Thy beauty to be my food, and Thy presence my drink, and Thy pleasure my hope, and praise of Thee my action, and remembrance of Thee my companion, and the power of Thy sovereignty my succorer, and Thy habitation my home, and my dwelling-place the seat Thou hast sanctified from the limitations imposed upon them who are shut out as by a veil from Thee. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Most Powerful.

From Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u'lláh, CLXVIII
Track Name: Healing
Healing

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.  Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion.  Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come.  Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

From Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u'lláh, CLXX
Track Name: Garden of Thy Heart
Garden of Thy Heart

O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 2, No 3
Track Name: My First Counsel
My First Counsel

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty, ancient, imperishable and everlasting. 

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 1
Track Name: The Sign of Love
The Sign of Love

O Son of Man! For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 48
Track Name: Reckoning
Reckoning

O Son of Being! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning; for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 31
Track Name: Turn Thy Face
Turn Thy Face

O Son of Utterance! Turn thy face unto Mine and renounce all save Me; for My sovereignty endureth and My dominion perisheth not. If thou seekest another than Me, yea, if thou searchest the universe for evermore, thy quest will be in vain.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 15
Track Name: Seek No Other
Seek No Other

O Son of Man! Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper. For none but Me can ever suffice thee.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 17
Track Name: Paradise
Paradise

O Son of Being! Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me. Enter therein and tarry not. This is that which hath been destined for thee in Our kingdom above and Our exalted dominion.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 6
Track Name: Dominion
Dominion

O Son of Man! Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.

From The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, Part 1, No 14