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(Bismillah – an Arabic reference to beginning in the name of Mercy & Compassion. I see this as an Old World or Sufi correlative to Be Here Now. Kristina sings it so beautifully that we thought it best she should do all the voices)



In the stark temple softly she sings, shining still ‘neath the beams.
Shahada’s breath on my shoulder, here where I’m bowed down on broken knees.
No one knows the name of this nectar, where humming hallows the hives.
No axe need we to protect her, as she drinks in all our lives.
Lo! The Savage Beauty coursing Within!

Dance deeply out of this dungeon, open the cage –
How the Being loves the Becoming, age upon age!
Blissful in beauty before us - the Invisible Path.
Delight is the doorway & the chorus sings, “Let them pass!”
Lo! The Savage Beauty that sings from Within! Bismillah!

Languid the lips that adorn us, Love lingers long.
Whispered, the winged ones warn us – the approaching dawn.
O silence & sorrow surround us, for too soon the din
Beckons blindly around us, let us lock it out & yet again, begin…
Lo! The Savage Beauty, her kisses deep Within! Bismillah!

What we long & we long for, is that Lover who longs.
So we sing & we sing every song for the soundless sound in these songs.
Lay me down, O lay me down before the One who stole my soul –
Who held it high to the starry sky, and swallowed it whole!
Lo! The Savage Beauty aching sweetly Within! Bismillah!


from Barbarian Hymns, released January 1, 2014



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John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall York, Pennsylvania

Voices In The Hall: Songwriter / Poet John Terlazzo on vocals, guitar, Indian harmonium, Kristina Machusick on vocals, flute, recorders & Paul Wegmann on vocals, lead guitars. Together
they have become one moving, breathing creature, offering up a rich array of "Modern Surrealist Gypsy Folk", & described as "Marc Chagall gone aural" and "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi".
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