Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On Make Me a Brilliant Star: The prayer and videos

You may know this much-loved children's prayer.
And here is the prayer sung in a charming video.
There are celestial stars, as used by Abdu'l-Baha in this prayer as a metaphor, nut there are other kinds of stars,too,like singing starts. For those who missed this post on the Baha'i singing in the Portuguese Idol competition, here is another chance to experience the wonder of it all. The video clip here is shorter, covering just our own brillliant Baha'i star Natacha Santos, whose progress has undoubtedly been the focus of many Baha'i prayers. Thank you, Helen, for passing this on. -gw
This youtube clip was forwarded by a Baha'i friend who found it on the
Planet Baha'i website.  It occurred at the semi-finals of the Portuguese
franchise of "American Idol."

The young contestant is asked to sing something in Farsi after she states
her mother is from Iran.  This is not what she had intended to sing for the
judges, but she fearlessly sings "Dastam-Bigir 'Abdu'l-Baha" (Hold thou my
hand Abdu'l-Baha), and wins that round! 

My Baha'i friend writes:  Although there is no English dialogue the song is
quite lovely.  I picked this up from Planet Baha'i.  Simeon, who posted it,
lives in Brazil and is married to the singer's cousin.  This clip is from
the Nov. 1st broadcast of the Portuguese version of "Ídolos" - the same
franchise as Britain's "Pop Idol" and the USA's "American Idol," which have
spread themselves around the world. It is the first time I imagine that
anyone has passed to the semifinal round of any of the various versions of
"Idol" by singing a song about 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

For those who don't speak Portuguese, the contestant Natacha was asked where
she was from, and mentioned that her mother was Persian, leading one of the
judges to ask if she could sing anything in Farsi. Although somewhat taken
aback (she had planned to sing something else), she obliged, and well... I
think the judges' decisions don't need any translation.


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