What Treasured Gift

Dennis Massa

A Poem by Jeff Meyers & Read by Dennis Massa. Original Music Written, and Performed by Dennis Massa

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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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 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? Performing " What Treasured Gift " ........... ( Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at Express Jet Airlines)............ CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art...................... Contact: (six three One ) 765-8005 tel................to send email to Dennis Massa: solmassa (at) yahoo.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Album Notes: Dennis Massa Performing " What Treasured Gift " (c) Dennis Massa / Jeff Myers 2018 Reading Voice by - 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 visit Dennis Massa at his new web site at https://www.dennismassa.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ .... 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 Guitar Instrumental Solo " A Beautiful Dreamer " .............. ........... Now on CD Baby & apple itunes & 90 other web sites. Check him out. Download Dennis Massa...Dennis Massa, Performing his Original Guitar Instrumental Solo " A Beautiful Dreamer " ........... from the cloud to your ears............... ( - Gary Landerfelt: Technical Writer, MSR at Express Jet Airlines, & Atlanta Music Research Group) . thanks for listening, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Featuring the art of Gregory Singer........... CD Cover art, created by world renowned Conductor: Gregory Singer. (c) Gregory Singer Art................. " What Treasured Gift " ........ 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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Biography on Jeff Meyers :

HOW AND WHEN "WHAT TREASURED GIFT" CAME THROUGH ME

On the day that 9-11 happened, like so many others, I experienced an emotional shock that reverberated through my being. On my way home from work that day, while stopped at a red light, I noticed a woman with 3 children sitting on the corner with one of those "Need Help ... Will Work for Food" signs written on a piece of cardboard. I distinctly remember thinking to myself what a terrible situation she was in and wondered what I could possibly do to help. The light then turned green and I had to move on, and immediately upon arriving at my apartment, something compelled me to sit down at my computer, and "What Treasured Gift" seemed to have written itself...just as I sent it to you...sort of like automatic writing. Never before, or since 9-11, has anything like that ever happened to me.

Jeff Meyers ON THE GURDJIEFFWORK

I was introduced to Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky at the age of 21. During the past 42 years of my "on again-off again" efforts to awaken from my sleep, it has been within the past five years that I have received some measure of benefit from those efforts, the primary being that there is far more understanding to be gained about life than what I had experienced up to that point. Upon partially awakening from the "hypnotism of life", and seeing the utter horror of what mankind had in the past—and continues in the present—to attract to himself, I felt compelled to share some ideas that many of us must come to terms with in our personal lives if there is any hope of a future for mankind on this planet.

As a result of "inner work" on myself, and having a degree of understanding of some of the ideas communicated in the Commentaries, I have experienced a different sense of myself, what Dr. Nicoll calls "...a treasure of incalculable value which cannot be estimated." For years I had struggled to make sense of the Gospel teachings, and the Commentaries have been instrumental in broadening my understanding of the scriptures as well as harmonizing spiritual truth with my own psychology, that is, a psychology that is "awake" and aware of its functioning. Nicoll's perspective has increased my understanding of the nature of the "Holy Spirit" and has brought a greater depth of meaning to the Biblical concept, "the Kingdom of Heaven is within."

As a consequence of integrating some of the ideas found in the Commentaries, I have learned how to contend with the "demons" in my psychological makeup; the violence, judgments and prejudices, something I believe many of us must all do if we are to achieve any measure of inner peace and contentment in the world in which we find ourselves. Today, I sense the urgency of living more consciously in the spirit of love and compassion with every being and as a brother to all.

When one identifies with any nationality, race, religion or ideology that creates a "we/they" dichotomy, that is, where one feels superior to another, more "right" than others, it often becomes all important to "win" or to convince others that one's position or status is better than another's. This causes many divisions between nations, between brother and brother and between one religion and another, often leading—as history proves—to war.

I believe that once humanity as a whole understands the fact that we all inhabit one planet and that we are all part of one humanity, we will be in a better position to understand the urgent necessity of working for the common good of all, and thus avoid future wars.

In this realization, I have discovered an energizing sense of joy and hope for a brighter, more peaceful future, knowing that with the right information, anyone who sincerely wishes to transform him or herself can do so provided that certain efforts are made. If we are to transform our world, we must first transform our own psychology. Only when the vast majority of humanity awakens from the "hypnotism of ordinary consciousness" can we expect to live in harmony as "the family of man" wherein all beings are afforded the opportunity to experience the highest quality of life gifted by our common Creator—a life that all of us were created to enjoy—a level of being that can only be realized when we awaken from the deeply entrenched illusions we hold about ourselves and the universe in which we live, and only when we begin to understand the deeper meaning and significance of human life, and man's place in the universe.

I realize that no one is to blame for the condition of the world except ourselves, and that if we expect to escape from the self-made prisons in which we have confined ourselves, such as crime, poverty, murder, homelessness, hunger, war, and devastation of the planet, we must awaken from our "sleep", a sleep induced by, as Dr. Nicoll says, "missing the mark" (as regards embracing man's higher potentialities), as well as cultural conditioning and ignorance. We must become aware of the damage that we are doing, and how our psychology and level of awareness—or lack thereof—creates the confusion and chaos in our inner as well as the outer world, and then take steps to correct our course. As we awaken from our sleep, we can discover our right relationship with our fellow man, the planet, the universe, and with our Creator.

I have no evidence that God will descend from the heavens to rescue us from ourselves. I believe that we must seek, and with "help from above", rescue ourselves and, as a first step, each of us must seriously consider what is his or her relationship to his neighbor, to humanity, to the planet, to the cosmos, and to our Creator. We must answer the question, "What are we here for?"

I believe that I am responsible for my indifference, my violence and my "unholy" actions. If we hold the view that some external "evil force" is to blame for the present conditions on this planet, we will never face the reality that each of us, all of humankind, is responsible for creating the circumstances in which we find ourselves. If our relationships towards each other and to our planet are to be transformed, each of us must take personal responsibility to make our relationships with each other and with the rest of the world more peaceful and harmonious. If there is any chance of survival, humankind must adopt this attitude of living, and we must stop living simply for our own salvation, for our own security, for our own satisfaction, and for our own pleasure.

Sharing the Gurdjieff Teachings of the Fourth Way and Dr. Nicoll's Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky is my way of adding meaning and purpose to my existence, and in small measure, gives me the opportunity to work alongside many others whose efforts are leading to the creation of a more just, harmonious and peaceful world for all of humanity. It pains my heart to see the deplorable conditions that so many of our brothers and sisters are living in throughout the world, knowing that most will never experience the true joys of the heart. If more of us could consciously live the ideas contained in the Commentaries we would, indeed, guarantee entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven for every man, woman, and child on the planet.

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Love

Dennis Massa

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

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

.... 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) . thanks for listening, 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........... To send email to Dennis Massa: solmassa (at) yahoo.com Music by Dennis Massa (c) dennis massa 2017 On Love Poem by Kahlil Gibran.

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

... 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.

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.

(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]

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The Raven

Dennis Massa

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.

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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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.

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