Me a fan. Some of Rumi's poems read like they were written by an experimental modernist versifier. One poem asks the reader to imagine that the words on the page are being washed away by the rain and vanishing in the act of being read. A deft move to make the reader self-aware - then Self aware.
I've got the CD mentioned - A Gift of Love. It's been around for some years now. American Coleman Barks is one of the readers. His many translations of Rumi have been big sellers on the new-age circuit. It's amusing to contrast his free-flowing, impressionistic versions with those of British scholar R.A. Nicholson (1930s). They both reflect a different facet. Some of the music-backed readings on this CD are like those soporific, stress-reducing aids you can get, but the tracks that work are quite fun. You can imagine yourself in some eastern pleasure palace. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <hepa7@...> wrote : Wiki: Recordings of Rumi poems have made it to the USA's Billboard's Top 20 list. A selection of American author Deepak Chopra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepak_Chopra's editing of the translations by Fereydoun Kia of Rumi's love poems has been performed by Hollywood personalities such as Madonna https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_(entertainer), Goldie Hawn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldie_Hawn, Philip Glass https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass and Demi Moore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demi_Moore. Rumi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi Rumi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد رومی), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلالالدین محمد بلخى), Mawlānā/Mevlânâ (مولانا, "our ... View on en.wikipedia.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi Preview by Yahoo