Well, as promised, here’s a video for one of my new songs called “Be On Fire”
Be On Fire! is about how Abdu’l-Baha inspired some of my personal heroes in the Baha’i Faith. The “Master” as Baha’is call him, visited this country 100 years ago and I wrote this song to perform at the commemoration in San Diego, CA.
I enjoyed writing it and love playing it. I hope you love it too.
When I was a lad of about 20 years old, my friend Ric and I visited Dr. Stanwood Cobb at his home in Chevy Chase, MD, just on the border of Washington DC. I was about to go to Iceland and wanted to talk with him before I left. I still have a couple letters he sent me while I was overseas.
Dr. Cobb was one of our nation’s earliest Baha’is and had met with the Master on 5 separate occasions. We had a most enjoyable evening with him and as we were leaving, Dr. Cobb shook my hand with a very strong grip (particularly impressive for a man of 92 years). He looked me in the eye and said “This is the hand that shook the hand of Abdu’l-Baha and He said Be On Fire with the Love of God!, Be On Fire with the Love of God!, Be On Fire with the Love of God!”
Well, let me tell you, my knees almost buckled from the power of that command! But I never forgot it. I learned that the Master said much the same thing to many spiritual seekers across America, often repeating the “punch line” three times with vigor, just as Dr. Cobb has done to me. So that’s the inspiration for this song.
So tell me, Did you sing along?