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The Album

 

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Looking for Work is my debut album, recorded in 2011.  The idea was to record the earlier songwriting work for preservation and for your enjoyment. Five of the songs on here were written in the 1990’s.  One track, Aya, was recorded out inspiration from my daughter who was still in the womb at the time, in 2011. Two tracks were recorded with just guitar and voice in 2006, and were added to the album. The song Reality was written around 2006. Zikr is not an original, but a recording of chants from Sufi and Ismaili tradition, requested by a family member.

Through my life, and like most of my post-modern contemporaries in this generation, Looking for Work is a constant theme. Almost twenty years after writing it at nineteen, that search continues.  I’ve discovered one important distinction, however. There is work for hire, and there is my work.  This songwriting that I do, is most purely my work. Looking for work, in this sense, is looking for myself, or looking for the song. It is a spiritual search. In another sense, the economic pressure to look for ‘work for hire’ also contains much possibility for a path, for an experience, for a way to be a difference. But there is the dissatisfaction there too, of this economy, it’s jobs and its assault on our humanity. Still, a working man I am, and not a pure artist whose only occupation is his artistic craft. The soul has already decided to look in all directions in this life. This song, and title track, was the earliest of the songs in this compilation and the songs are presented in chronological order of time of writing.

Peace my brothers and sisters.

Arif