What Treasured Gift

by Dennis Massa

Released 2018
Released 2018
A Poem by Jeff Meyers & Read by Dennis Massa. Original Music Written, and Performed by Dennis Massa
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What Treasured Gift.

(c) dennis massa / jeff meyers 2018

Words by Jeff Meyers.

Music by Dennis Massa.

Read by Dennis Massa & Original Guitar Instrumental by Dennis Massa.
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Please visit Dennis at his new web site > https://www.dennismassa.com

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Dennis Massa a talented singer-songwriter . Performing " What Treasured Gift " ............ What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris …
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Love

by Dennis Massa

Released 2017
Released 2017
Performing his Original Music to a poem by Kahlil Gibran ' On Love ' ............. Contact: (six three One ) 765-8005 tel..to send email to Dennis Massa:solmassa (at) yahoo.com
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Album Notes:
Dennis Massa Performing his Original Music to a poem by Kahlil Gibran ' On Love '


Music by Dennis Massa
(c) dennis massa 2017

Poem " On Love " by Kahlil Gibran.
Featuring Original Art by Kahlil Gibran
and Rare early Photos of Kahlil Gibran.

Vocals & Harmonies - dennis massa
Guitar's - Dennis Massa


Original Cover Art created by (c) Gregory Singer

Contact: (six three One ) 765-8005 tel...............
to send email to Dennis Massa: solmassa (at) yahoo.com



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.... I have some talented friends scattered underneath the beautiful spacious skies, just over the majestic purple mountains, and some right in the middle of the amber waves of grain! They were given to me over the years, and I'm always so proud to see them succeed, and glad to "Spotlight" their accomplishments to others.

From Long Island, NY, I introduce to you Dennis Massa, a talented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-violin maker-recording engineer-producer. Today he debuts his new single, Dennis Massa Performing his Original Music to a poem by Kahlil Gibran ' On Love ' ........... Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download Dennis Massa...Dennis Massa Performing his Original Music to a poem by Kahlil Gibran ' On Love ' from the cloud to your ears............... ( - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at Express Jet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group) .

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Dennis Massa a talented singer-songwriter . Dennis Massa Performing his Original Music to a poem by Kahlil Gibran ' On Love ' What happens when you pull together a touch of Dire Straits (Sultans), Gregg Lake ( of Emerson Lake and Palmer), a hint of Dylan, Tom Petty, Eddie Vedder, & Chris Cornell, Burl Ives, Elvis, Jimmie Rodgers, Gordon Lightfoot, a whisper of John Prine and a dose of of the Spirit—with a sprinkle of time thrown in for good measure ? Dennis Massa Performing his Original Music to a poem by Kahlil Gibran ' On Love ' ..................( Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at Express Jet Airlines)............

Contact: Massa Music ........ (six three One ) 765-8005 tel...........
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Music by Dennis Massa
(c) dennis massa 2017

On Love Poem by Kahlil Gibran.
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Featuring the art of Gregory Singer...........
CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art..............

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Kahlil Gibran ' On Love ' cover art created by Gregory Singer.


Gregory's art can be viewed at https://gregorysingerart.com/..................

Gregory Singer: Musician, producer, conductor, artist and educator.
Prolific Violinist, also a composer and has lead his Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra
in concerts in Carnegie Hall and 6 tours of China.
Conductor & Director of the Manhattan Symphonie, NYC., which he founded in 2005.
http://www.manhattansymphonie.com/
He also owns a fine violin shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Gregory has also worked as a musician on many movie
soundtracks, Numerous Broadway shows, ballets, operas, and recordings.

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Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.


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(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese writer, poet, and visual artist. Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire (north of modern day Lebanon), to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran (Rahmeh)



Reception and influence

Gibran's best-known work is The Prophet, a book composed of twenty-six poetic essays. Its popularity grew markedly during the 1960s with the American counterculture and then with the flowering of the New Age movements. It has remained popular with these and with the wider population to this day. Since it was first published in 1923, The Prophet has never been out of print. Having been translated into more than forty languages,[31] it was one of the bestselling books of the twentieth century in the United States.

Elvis Presley was deeply affected by Gibran's The Prophet after receiving his first copy in 1956. He reportedly read passages to his mother and over the years gave away copies of "The Prophet" to friends and colleagues. Photographs of his handwritten notes under certain passages throughout his copy are archived on various Museum websites. One of his most notable lines of poetry is from "Sand and Foam" (1926), which reads: "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you". This line was used by John Lennon and placed, though in a slightly altered form, into the song "Julia" from The Beatles' 1968 album The Beatles (aka "The White Album").[32] Johnny Cash recorded Gibran's "The Eye of the Prophet" as an audio cassette book, and Cash can be heard talking about Gibran's work on a track called "Book Review" on his album Unearthed. British singer David Bowie mentioned Gibran in the song "The Width of a Circle" from Bowie's 1970 album The Man Who Sold the World. Bowie used Gibran as a "hip reference",[33] because Gibran's work "A Tear and a Smile" became popular in the hippy counterculture of the 1960s. In 2016 Gibran's fable On Death was composed in Hebrew by Gilad Hochman to the unique setting of soprano, theorbo and percussion and premiered in France under the title River of Silence.[34]

Suzie Parker: A Quest to Dance

by Dennis Massa

Released 2017
Released 2017
Dennis Massa. Suzie Parker: A Quest To Dance
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Dennis Massa. Suzie Parker: A Quest To Dance

The Raven

by Dennis Massa

Released 2011
Released 2011
Dennis Massa reading one of the great poems ever written by one of the greatest poets/authors, Edgar Allan Poe. Who could ask for anything more? A true literary masterpiece.

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The Raven read by Dennis Massa. ( Listen thru Headphones 2 hear great sound effects )

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Video Edits by dennis massa
Voice read by dennis massa
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe


Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 -- October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]

He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer's cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian".

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move between several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. He began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.[3]

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.