Aldoush (Musician - Music Director - Producer)

The Child Within
By Aldoush & Human Exchange
The Child Within - Aldoush

This Life
By Aldoush
This Life - Aldoush

Rain And Dust
By Aldoush
Rain and Dust - Aldoush

Desire to Fly
Aldydav Music Productions
Desire to Fly - Aldoush


X DOT 25 Music releases "Melancholy Man" Video from the album "Rain and Dust" By Aldoush

"...Resoundingly entrancing" says BAM Magazine. "...Fusion...in favor of ensemble fluidity, which has a seductive and serpentine appeal" - SF Bay Guardian.

Aldoush

Aldoush started singing when he was sixteen and picked up the guitar at age twenty-two. His playing was entirely Western and had no connection to his native music; he didn't truly begin to understand Persian music until after he left Iran in 1978.

In 1987 he returned home. Upon entering Iran he became a child within a dreamland. He was drenched in a waterfall of beautiful music and culture that had been invisible to him during my youth. A myriad of positive  changes occurred while he was there, and his musical perspective changed dramatically after his visit. He then moved to Northern California, and his changing vision began to coalesce and expand. He was finally living in an area  that was a hotbed for a growing world music scene and contained the musicians who could be sympathetic to his artistic vision, and he formed the Human Exchange.

Aldoush Wining Wammies Award in San Francisco (Best World Music Album of the Year Year 1993)

Aldoush creates an exotic new sound, combining ancient Iranian village music with Persian lyrics written in contemporary poetic forms.  In 1992 he wrote "The Child Within" album which was released on then pioneer record label in World Music - X DOT 25 Music in Emeryville, California.  "The Child Within" was the first album created based on X DOT 25 Music's "Persian Art Music" concept. This album was the winner of the San Francisco Weekly 1993 Wammies Award for best World Music album of the year. 

Aldoush

His arrangements blend traditional Iranian classical folk melodies and rhythms with Western harmonies rooted in jazz and classical styles. Never before has Persian music been brought to the West with such creativity and innovation which is the result of his present awareness of both Persian and Western styles of music, and working towards bringing these vastly different cultures together has been his goal.

In 1999 he released "This Life" which is a collection of Music he worked on for the 25 years with English lyrics. In 2001 he released "Rain and Dust" which is a collection of Persian music  with electric guitars and 2 songs in English.

Then he moved back to his homeland and spend time with people there and then he co-created a new album "Desire to Fly" with one of his old friends Davood Ajir in 2007.

Aldoush and Koorosh Angali

Later on in 2007 he moved to France, where he now writes music for radio and also performs live with Davood. They have new group called  "Wet Kind Of Blues" with a recent release: "Wolves Are Crying". You can check out Aldoush on Facebook.

Aldoush w Nazanin

Aldoush w Nazanin

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Album Details:

The Child Within

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"  ...Resoundingly entrancing" - BAM Magazine. " ...Fusion...in favor of ensemble fluidity, which has a seductive and serpentine appeal" -SF Bay Guardian.

Aldoush & the Human Exchange create an exotic new sound on their CD "The Child Within", combining ancient Iranian folk music with Persian lyrics written in contemporary poetic forms by Koorosh Angali. Their arrangements pass through many different genres, blending traditional Iranian classical folk melodies and rhythms with Western harmonies rooted in jazz and classical styles.

The Award

The Award

The result is a sound that contains both the raw effervescence of true Iranian village music and the uncanny communication found in a well rehearsed jazz band. Never before has Persian music been brought to the West with such creativity and innovation- winner of the San Francisco Weekly 1993 Wammies Award for best World Music album of the year, this music is a must for multiculturalists and world music enthusiasts alike.

Listen and be enchanted. This album is the first album created based on X DOT 25 Music's "Persian Art Music" concept.

Scott Hill

Scott Hill

Aldoush& The Kid Singers

Aldoush& The Kid Singers

Aldoush

Aldoush

Joe Brigandi

Joe Brigandi

Jeff Obee

Jeff Obee

Shahram Kazemi

Shahram Kazemi

ALBUM INSERTS:

Style/Genre: World Contemporary Folk

Instrumentation: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Tamburak, Nazanin, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Six-string Fretless Bass, Synthesizer, Synth Programing, Percussion, Tumbak, Daf.

Tracks:

1. Deliverance (Raha-ee), Pt. I - 1:35
2. Deliverance (Raha-ee), Pt. II - 7:49
3. Prince of Love (Shahzadeh Esghe) 7:51
4. Love (Amoon As Daste Esghe), Pt. I - 8:19
5. Persian Miniature 6:54
6. Ritual of New Year (Nowruz - Norooze - Norooz) 6:40
7. Zolaikha, Pt. I 2:33
8. Zolaikha, Pt. II 7:26
9. Juicy Pomegranate 6:03
10. Goli Joon 6:47
11. Love (Amoon As Daste Esghe), Pt. II - 2:11

Item # CD 1001-2, CA 1001-4

Winner of the San Francisco Weekly 1993 Wammies Award - Best World Music album of the year.

Pictures of Performances and More Information

Engineer: Bob Hodas

Aldoush & the Human Exchange create an exotic new sound, combining ancient Iranian village music with Persian lyrics written in contemporary poetic forms. Their arrangements blend traditional Iranian classical folk melodies and rhythms with Western harmonies rooted in jazz and classical styles. Never before has Persian music been brought to the West with such creativity and innovation- winner of the San Francisco Weekly 1993 Wammies Award for best World Music album of the year, this music is a must for multiculturalists and world music enthusiasts alike. Listen and be enchanted. "...Resoundingly entrancing" says BAM Magazine. "...Fusion...in favor of ensemble fluidity, which has a seductive and serpentine appeal" - SF Bay Guardian

I started singing when I was sixteen and picked up the guitar at age twenty-two. My playing was entirely Western and had no connection to my native music; I didn't truly begin to understand Persian music until after I left Iran in 1978.

In 1987 I returned home. Upon entering Iran I became a child within a dreamland. I was drenched in a waterfall of beautiful music and culture that had been invisible to me during my youth. A myriad of positive changes occurred while I was there, and my musical perspective changed dramatically after my visit.

I then moved to Northern California, and my changing vision began to coalesce and expand. I was finally living in an area that was a hotbed for a growing world music scene and contained the musicians who could be sympathetic to my artistic vision, and I formed the Human Exchange.

This album is the result of my present awareness of both Persian and Western styles of music, and working towards bringing these vastly different cultures together has been my goal. I dedicate this record to the children of the world- our greatest treasure.

Many thanks go to my family, particularly my sister Clara, and to all my friends for their support. Special thanks to Koorosh Angali whose efforts during the production of this album and many years of friendship have brought me closer to my true culture. Thanks to Baback Etminani and Mark Newstetter who invented and hand-crafted the Nazanin. My deepest appreciation goes out to Ahmadreza Nabizadeh who introduced me to Persian folk music; finally, thanks to X DOT 25 Music for their enthusiasm and support.... - Aldoush

Produced by ALDOUSH ALPANIAN

Executive Producers: X DOT 25 Music

All English interpretations of lyrics by Koorosh Angali
Composed, Arranged, and Produced by Aldoush Alpanian
Lyrics by Koorosh Angali except "Juicy Pomegranate" by Scott Hill

Aldoush Alpanian: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, tamburak, nazanin
Scott Hill: Soprano saxophone, clarinet, backing vocals
Jeff Obee: Six-string fretless bass, synthesizer, synth programming
Maryam Katouli, Sara Sultan, and Kathryn Khavari: Children's choir
Joe Brigandi: Percussion
Shahram Kazemi: Tumbak, Daf

Recorded at Studio D, Sausalito, CA in April through July 1992 Additional recording at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, and Music Annex, Menlo Park, CA 
Mixed by Bob Hodas 
Recording Engineer: Ron Rigler 
Assistant Engineer: Larry Brewer 
Mastering Engineer: Paul Stubblebine Mastered at Rocket Lab, San Francisco, CA 
Art direction, cover illustration, Design and computer manipulations: Koorosh Angali
Computer scanning: Jayce Farahmand

 

Lyrics

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Deliverance (Ra-ha-ee) 

Dedicated to Emmett Kaake

Distress, distress, distress 
The agony of perplexity 
Into my soul yielded deplority 
I prayed and prayed a cold sigh in vain 
Release me from all grief and pain

In the end I found refuge 
In the bosom of sorrow 
As an infant would sneak 
Into it's mothers arms to borrow 
Respite.

Yonder an oracle, I heard all at once 
A light - the Creator - illuminated in response 
The everlasting Spring, forever to be 
The eternal love and enlightenment came to me

The bird of the sun, caressing my skin 
I tasted the sweet flavor of the rain 
As a flock of angels were sprinkling henna 
Over the golden-orange plain 
What a dream it was, what a dream! 
This was divine promise, it seemed 
For better days to come.

Deliverance, freedom- I had the master key and gears 
My beloved at my side, yet my eyes were filled with tears 
Out of blindness

How did I expect to reach happiness so poor-spiritedly 
With my inner eye blindfolded so benightedly? 
The Oracle, I remember, uttered to me: 
"Ope thy orb, a coward don't you be 
Dare thyself to take sail in the ocean of divine love 
Oh, you enlightened free-spirited dove!

 

Prince of Love (Shahzadeh-ye Eshgh)

Yonder in the wheat fields, gold nuggets of grain 
Have sprouted gracefully in the shimmering plain 
A vow is in order- these fields are for keeps 
The offspring of the human should know that prosperity reaps 
He who sows the seeds of love

Our forefathers left this land in our trust 
Safeguard it restlessly against evil we must 
This precious, precious land is the temple of God, 
Zoroaster, Cyrus, Parthian, and Mad(1)

Devil would try his best from time to time 
O'er it to cast a wicked spell 
Wishing for this lovely land to be, 
The terrible dungeon of the scornful Hell

Against all this profanity With all our soul and might 
Joyfully and gracefully, we must ne'er cease our fight 
Find the Prince of Love we must, O' we must 
Leave this cherished land in his trust

Strut in the fields, then, here and there 
Scatter seeds of joy and not despair 
We must not be lazy, deplorable, or weary 
Whilst we can be alive and prosper merrily

 

Nowruz (The Ritual of New Year)

Sweet smell of violets streams through the town 
Whilst maiden of delight, with her Narcissus crown 
Brings joy in a salver to effuse in our hearts 
Girls dance in the streets chanting songs of love 
Children play with their rattles; rejoice their lusty chests 
Grandmothers, in their living rooms, entertain their guests 
Girls in groups of many roam into the pastoral scene 
Recite the ritual of Seez-dah(2), making ties of grass and greens 
Wishing to be a bride in this year with such dreams

Watching all this panorama would fill your eyes with tears 
Not of sorrow, but of joy- the spring is here.

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Zolaikha

At dawn the divine hand 
Diffuses gold particles o'er the fields 
Lady Sun, in her floral attire 
In the brick adobes she yields 
To pay visit to early birds

Zolaikha, oh, Zolaikha 
Behold how fair and lovely the morning is 
God's hand is leading away 
As riders of the sweet breeze: 
Colorful flowers, in herds

Let us go to God's sacred dwelling 
Pick a bounty of love-flowers 
In His affectionate face 
Would we see our latter hours and tomorrows to come

To scatter love-flowers over the village, 
Let us borrow thousands of hands 
Reciting tales of love for children 
Let us carry this hearty errand to the storyteller of the village

The sun is sprinkling the wheat fields 
With various lovely tints 
Running her fingers through our hair 
For a divine copulation 
Tis all but a hint of invitation

In the harem of divinities 
We lie down, our bodies shimmering gems 
As the Zephyr kisses the faces of children 
And people pay homage to them

 

Juicy Pomegranate

Press on the skin and the juices within 
Will explode in your mouth with amorous sweetness and life

Surrender the senses to red spheres of splendor 
They hang from the tree- the round, juicy pomegranates

Taste of life, a wine from the seeds of the sun 
A treasure of mine for you

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Goli Joon

Roaming in the green fields- a graceful strut 
Playful, lusty Zephyrus thrown with you his lot 
Indignant Flora, although jealous of this deed 
Paves your path with floral carpet singing "Godspeed"

The breezy fingers of Favonius 
Through your hair and skirt 
I wonder if it's erroneous: 
Such grace was made of dirt

Earthly love is ephemeral 
To the clouds we should flit 
Where amorous Pygmalion's heart 
With Galatea's glance would be lit 
And Helios, the God Sun 
Roams about on his steed 
While nesting mother of rain 
Is impregnated by his seed

Goli, my beloved 
Oh, remedy of all my pain 
Folks would try to stop us 
Of this divine love, but all in vain.

 

Love (Amoon Az Dast-e Eshgh)

Enter, enter, oh you seeker 
Welcome, welcome to the flicker 
Sparks of rejoicing shimmer in this air 
Flakes of love shower on your thirsty flair


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Album Details:

Rain and Dust

Style/Genre: World/Persian

Instrumentation: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Drums, Percussion, Clarinet, Djembe, Keyboards, Fretless Bass, Soprano Sax.

 

Includes Gol-e Yakh - Performed by Aldoush
Melancholy Man - Performed by Aldoush - Written by Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues

This album is a collection of his songs from his pre Award Winning "The Child Within" music era. Most songs in Persian, except "Melancholy Man" and "People Aren't for Sale" in English. This album is full of melodic songs performed by Aldoush. Electric guitar, acoustic guitar and some computer sequencing has created the lush background for Aldoush's powerful and heart touching vocals. He has integrated acoustic guitar, percussion, bass and drums with his own tasty electric guitar work. This album includes re-makes of Persian classic song "Gol-e Yakh" and a Moody Blues song "Melancholy Man".

Tracks:

1 Gol-e Yakh (8:24) 
2 Deerooz, Emrooz, Farda (Zendegee) (5:11) 
3 Melancholy Man (4:43) 
4 Afsaneh (6:00)
5 Shekar-e Ahoo (6:50)
6 Vasoonak (5:19)
7 Goli Joon (7:12)
 
8 People Aren’t for Sale (6:21) 
Total Time : 50:03

Item # CD 1012-2

Produced by Aldoush

Executive Producers X DOT 25 Music

All Songs Arranged and Produced by Aldoush Alpanian

Songs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 Recorded & mixed by Aldoush Alpanian, Steve McRumme, Los Angeles CA. 
Additional mixing David Whipple, Berkeley CA. 

Songs 3,8 Recorded by Aldoush Alpanian in Napa Studios, mixed by Bob Hodas & Aldoush at Wellhausen Studios in San Francisco

Mastered by Albert Benichou at CD Premastering Studio - Emeryville, CA

Painting of Aldoush By: Poulet Khodayai

Cover Design: Farzaneh Foroughi

 

Lyrics

Gol-e Yakh (Ice Flower) 

Lyrics: Mehdi Akhavan Langaroodi
Music: Koorosh Yaghmaee
Aldoush: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Steve McRumme: Keyboards

Persian:

Gham miyoone do ta chashmoone ghashanget, looneh kardeh
Shab too moohaye siyahet, khoone kardeh
Do ta chashmooneh siyahet, mese shabhaye mane
Siyahiaye do cheshmet, mese ghamhaye mane
Vaghti boghz az mojeham payin miyad, baroon mishe
Sayle gham abadimo viroone karde
Vaghti ba man mimooni tanhayimo, bad mibare
Do ta cheshmam baroone, shaboone karde
Bahar az dastaye man par zado raft
Gole yakh tooye delam javooneh karde
Too otagham daram az tanhayi atish migiram
Ey shokoofeh tooye in zamooneh karde
Chi bekhoonam, javoonim rafteh sedam rafteh dige
Gole yakh tooye delam javooneh kardeh
Chi bekhoonam, javoonim rafteh sedam rafteh dige
Gole yakh tooye delam javooneh kardeh

English Translation:

Sadness has nested in the middle of your two beautiful eyes (it's always there)
The night has made a home in your black hair
Your two black eyes are like my nights
The blackness of your two eyes are like my sadness
When the spite comes down on my eyelashes, it turns into rain
The sadness like a flood has ruined everything I have built
When you stay with me
The wind takes my loneliness
My two eyes have rained in the night
The spring flew out of my hands
The Ice Flower is growing in my heart
In my room I am burning from loneliness
Oh' the one who has blossomed in this age/time
What should I sing? My youth has gone, my voice has gone
The Ice Flower is grown in my heart
What should I sing? My youth has gone, my voice has gone
The Ice Flower is grown in my heart    (
X2)

 

Deerooz, Emrooz, Farda (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow) 

Lyrics: Ahmadreza Nabizadeh
Music: Greg Lake
Aldoush: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Steve McRumme: Keyboards

Persian:

Zendege-eee
Tahmile yek gonahee
Tanbihe yek khataee
Ey zendegee
Zendege-eee
Ayenehee ghosehamoon
As azal edameh dareh
Ey zendegee
Cheshmaat koreh ey zendge-eee
Ya nemikhay bebinee aynehamon shekasteh
Zendegee
Ghalbam labreez as eshgh
Zendegeee
Zendegeeee
Ranj-o dardo eshtiyagh
Vahshat as peereeo entezaar
Zendegee
Roozo shaab hemeh talash
Dar peye omido yek sarab
Zendegee
Bar bar dosh bordan
zendegee
Lahzehee yek tavalod
Lahzehee as dast raftan
Zendege-eee
Deerooz - Emrooz - Farda
Zendege-ee

Bachehah shaadee koneem
Ghamo dardamono
Ba ham beshineem chareh koneem
Hala ba ham bekhoneem
Besheeneem bepareen
Keh ma zendegeero dost dareem
Akheh zendegeero dost dareeem
Keh ma zendegeero dost dareem

Akheh zendegee ro dost dareem
Keh ma zendegeero dost dareem
Eshghe yek maadar
Zendegee
Parvazeh yek kabootar
Baazee ba yek aroosak
Zendegee
Deerooz - Emrooz - Farda
Zendegee

Zendegeeee
Ranjo dardo eshtiyagh
Vahshat az peeree-o entezaar
Zendegee
Roozo shaab hemeh talash
Dar peye omido yek sarab
Zendegee
Baar bar doosh bordan
Zendegee
Lahzehee yek tavalod
Lahzehee as dast raftan
Zendege-eee
Deerooz - Emrooz - Farda
Zendegeee

Zendegeeee

Zendegeeee.......

 

Melancholy Man

Lyrics: Mike Pinder Music: Moody Blues
Aldoush: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Obee: Fretless Bass
Joe Brigandi: Drums & Percussion
Scott Hill: Clarinet
Art Cavanero: Jimbe

I'm a melancholy man, that's what I am,
All the world surrounds me, and my feet are on the ground.
I'm a very lonely man, doing what I can,
All the world astounds me and I think I understand
That we're going to keep growing, wait and see.

When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your head
And you'll remember what's been said
By all the good men this world's ever known.
Another man is what you'll see,
Who looks like you and looks like me,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn't think like you and me,
'Cause he can't see what you and I can see.

 

Afsaneh (Persian Girl) 

Lyrics: Reconstructed by Koorosh Anagli
Music: Shaabaah Group
Aldoush: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Steve McRumme: Keyboards
Shekar-e Ahoo (Deer Hunting) 
Lyrics: Traditional Folk
Music: Traditional Folk
Aldoush: Vocals, Electric Guitar
Steve McRumme: Keyboards
Vasoonak (Traditional Folk Wedding Song) 
Lyrics: Folk from Shiraz
Music: Folk from Shiraz
Aldoush: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Steve McRumme: Keyboards

 

Goli Joon (Persian Girl) 

Lyrics: Koorosh Angali
Music: Aldoush
Aldoush: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Steve McRumme: Keyboards

English Translation:

Roaming in the green fields- a graceful strut
Playful, lusty Zephyrus thrown with you his lot
Indignant Flora, although jealous of this deed
Paves your path with floral carpet singing "Godspeed"

The breezy fingers of Favonius
Through your hair and skirt
I wonder if it's erroneous: 
Such grace was made of dirt

Earthly love is ephemeral
To the clouds we should flit
Where amorous Pygmalion's heart
With Galatea's glance would be lit
And Helios, the God Sun
Roams about on his steed
While nesting mother of rain
Is impregnated by his seed

Goli, my beloved
Oh, remedy of all my pain
Folks would try to stop us
Of this divine love, but all in vain.

 

People Aren't for Sale

Lyrics: Sue Mckarness
Music: Aldoush
Aldoush: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Obee: Fretless Bass
Joe Brigandi: Percussion
Scott Hill: Soprano Sax

You came to me on a windy day and showed me a face of pain
I took your gentle hand in mine and we listened to the rain
I can see the year scattered on your face, the memories you can't erase
Still lost in your darker days, searching for your hiding place
Why did you choose this life young girl?
What drove you in this way young girl?
Listen to me and don't forget that people aren't for sale, young girl
You look so young and strongly pure despite the lines of sorrow
And if I could I'd stopped you now and save you from tomorrow
Why did you choose this life young girl?
What drove you in this way young girl?
Listen to me and don't forget that people aren't for sale, young girl
Ohhhhhhh, Young Girl, Mmmmm....

And when we talked you are so weakened
And make me cold with pain
For all those people who turned on you
And cast you to your fate
Let me lead you to a better life
Where people live in joy
I'll give you all you ever want
And you learn to love this world
Again, Again ...............

Some losers are just sacrificed but don't be a victim this time
Leave behind the winter of your life and toss away those lies
Why did you choose this life young girl?
What drove you in this way young girl?
Listen to me and don't forget that people aren't for sale, young girl
.


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Album Details:

This Life

Style/Genre: World Rock
Instrumentation: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Daff, Tabla, Persian Tumback (Zarb), Percussion, Drums, Alto & Soprano Sax, Keyboards, Bass.

 

Includes: Nights In White Satin

Performed by Aldoush - Written by Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

This Life Musicians

East meets West on the new release from composer/producer Aldoush Alpanian. A newline up and a different perspective on this CD where progressive world fusion crosses rock boundaries and is influenced by Middle Eastern textures. This work is enhanced by Aldoush's expressive vocal work, lyrics of depth and intensity in English, and a band that cooks.

Here Aldoush has followed up his 1993 Wammies Award winning debut album "The Child Within" with a table turning tour de force in "This  Life", changing his focus from the western influenced middle eastern world music of "The Child Within" to an epic album of world class rock. A richly textured musical and lyrical adventure . Although  Aldoush has maintained his acoustic foundation, this album rocks with a soaring and soulful blend of pop, rock, reggae, blues, jazz and middle eastern influences.

Mark Holzinger

Daniel Forsythe, Lyricist

Daniel Forsythe, Lyricist

Style/Genre: World Rock
Instrumentation: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Daff, Tabla, Persian Tumback (Zarb), Percussion, Drums, Alto & Soprano Sax, Keyboards, Bass.

Tracks:

1- The Ride 7:50
2- Living In The City 7:48
3- The Call 6:58 
4- Lady Of Mexico 8:10 
5- Truth In Chains 6:27 
6- Simple Man 4:53
7- Nights In White Satin 4:50
8- This Life 8:23
9- My Private Storm 5:11
10- Journey To Jaffar 6:20

Total Time: 66:50

Item # CD 4002-2


Aldoush has followed up his 1993 Wammies Award winning debut album "The Child Within" with a table turning tour de force in "This Life" his second release, changing his focus from the western influenced middle eastern world music of "The Child Within" to an epic album of world class rock. "This Life" is a richly textured musical and lyrical adventure (English lyrics), full of emotion, drama and surprise. Rarely has an artist of this quality changed directions so dramatically with such impressive results. He has augmented his lineup of acoustic guitar, saxophone, Persian steel string instrument (Nazanin), percussion, bass and drums with the immaculately tasty electric guitar work of Mark Holzinger.

Although Aldoush has maintained his acoustic foundation, this album rocks with a soaring and soulful blend of pop, rock, reggae, blues, jazz and middle eastern influences. Each song is a passionate and powerful slice of life from the tongue in cheek desperation of the opening track "The Ride" to the bluesy meditative title track "This Life." There is also a dazzling diversity between the songs, from the poetry and promise of "The Call" and the challenging "Truth in Chains" to the dynamic rhythms of "My Private Storm" and the middle eastern celebration of "Journey to Jaffar." These songs flow effortlessly together on a variety of rhythms, thanks to the consistently compelling melodies of Aldoush. "This Life" is guaranteed to be as satisfying as it is surprising.


Produced and arranged by Aldoush Alpanian

Musicians Mark Holzinger: Electric Guitar 
Jeff Obee: Bass 
Larry De Lacruz: Alto Sax, Soprano, Keyboards 
Art Cavagnaro: Percussion 
Dave Rokeach: Drums 
Hooshmand Saki: Persian Tumbak (zarb) 
Jim Owens: Tabla 
Ann Dyer: Harmony Vocals 
Aldoush Alpanian: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Daff

All songs 1999 Tiger Bleu Music (ASCAP)
except 
Nights In White Satin Copyright 1967 Tro-Essex Music (ASCAP) Music by Aldoush Alpanian
except 
"Nights in White Satin" by Justin Hayward Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe
except 
"Living in the City" by Susan MacKarness
"Nights in White Satin" by Justin Hayward
"Simple Man" by Mike Hager 
Recorded by: Aldoush Alpanian and Mark Schleunes at Crowmagnon Studios
Mixed by: Aldoush Alpanian & Mark Lamaire at Canyon Studios, Oakland CA
Mastered by: Scott Hill 
Cover Photo, Design & Computer Graphics: Koorosh Angali 
Dave Rokeach's photo by: Ralph Granich
Baby on the cover: Payam Mottaghian
Executive producers: X DOT 25 Music
C&P 1999 X Dot 25 Music Productions Inc.


Lyrics

The Ride

Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe

I'm a fool , surrounded by a wall of illusion 
Created by my desire to believe your lies 
I'm a fool, drowning in a well of confusion 
Feeling helpless as I gaze into your eyes 
Love is crazy, don't know what I'm thinking, what I'm doing 
I never could resist the way you smiled 
Love is crazy, know that you're not feeling what I'm feeling 
Still, sometimes I feel as helpless as a child 
Sometimes I feel as helpless as a child

A thousand miles she came to find me 
How could I know? Why should I hide? 
Like a dream she came to blind me 
I went along just for the ride 
How could I know?...Why should I hide? 
I went along ... just for the ride

My head's spinning, fighting my emotions for control 
I know that if I win I'll only lose 
My head's spinning, what I feel is stronger than what 
I know I know I've no choice left and still I choose 
I am lost now, caught up in a web of self -destruction 
Wondering if you always knew I'd go this way 
I am lost now, suffering more each day from my inaction 
While searching for the strength to walk away 
While searching for the strength to walk away

A thousand miles she came to find me 
How could I know? Why should I hide? 
Like a dream she came to blind me 
I went along just for the ride 
How could I know?...Why should I hide? 
I went along ... just for the ride

Looking into your eyes , somehow I'm hypnotized 
I wanna' leave but you know I always stay 
Sometimes I think I'll get away today 
But then I look in your eyes, and again I'm paralyzed 
I don't know if I'll ever get away 
How could I know?...Why should I hide? 
I went along ... just for the ride 
I don't know if I'll ever get away

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Living In The City

Lyrics by Susan MacKarness

I see you man, we both exist 
But can you show your heart 
Take away that mask of stone 
And smile just for a start 
Yesterday the sky was blue 
And I felt my spirits rise 
But everywhere I turned was cold 
And all I heard were lies

Living in the city can really bring you down 
I'd rather get some land and leave this golden town 
Living in the city really brings you down
I'm gonna get some land 
and leave this bloody golden town

We're all here for a few years 
To live and fight for life 
I've seen so many souls who've lost their way 
Down these lonely streets tonight 
I'll have to leave here very soon 
If I want to feel again 
I've tried so hard to get through 
But all I got was pain

Living in the city can really bring you down 
I'd rather get some land and leave this golden town 
Living in the city really brings you down 
I'm gonna get some land 
and leave this bloody golden town

Did you see that lovely face? 
Notice that lonely old man? 
Watch those flowers growing tall 
I'm running, catch me if you can 
Yes, this has been too much for me 
I don't want whatever it's got 
I'll flee into the other life 
Where money's out and feeling's not

Living in the city can really bring you down 
I'd rather get some land and leave this golden town 
Living in the city really brings you down 
I'm gonna get some land 
and leave this bloody golden town


The Call

Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe

Here, here, here we go again 
For every three steps forward 
There's two we are pulled back again 
Sky, sky, the evening sky is clear 
But I hear thunder and a strange sense of danger is near 
Cry, cry, but don't you cry for me 
Cry for all the misguided ones, whose hearts still don't see 
There are reasons to live in everything we do 
In the time that we are given, I will show them to you

Well it only takes a moment 
For your world to explode 
And it only takes a moment 
To sanctify your soul

Fear, fear, all around us in their eyes 
Lord, I've stood my ground for you 
Won't you open up these skies? 
And save me, save me, save me from this mob 
They want to take my life 
They want to shake my faith in God 
Pain, pain, they strike me with their stones 
I feel the sting of their hatred 
As their nails crush my bones 
Afraid, afraid, afraid of the truth 
They're blinded by fear and rage, with everything to lose

Well it only takes a moment 
For your world to explode 
And it only takes a moment 
To sanctify your soul

Free, free, I'll be free when this is done 
My time is almost over now, and yours has just begun 
On we go, answering the call 
Remember me and carry on the word to all 
Home, home , take me home again 
On a slide of light, to that promised land 
Home, home, take me home again 
On a slide of light, to that promised land 
On we go, answering the call 
Remember me and carry on the word to all


Lady of Mexico

Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe

You lie sleeping in my arms again 
So soft and warm, your golden skin 
And I wish this moment would never end 
My lady of Mexico

In the morning you'll be leaving 
In my head, well I guess I know 
In a few months you'll be back here again 
But the tears are beginning to show 
`Cause my heart keeps crying to me 
Hey man, don't let her go 
'Cause I love you 
   'Cause I love you 
      'Cause I love you 
               My lady of Mexico

Soon your Spanish eyes will open 
And I'll kiss your morning smile 
We'll hold each other close for awhile 
Before you take to the sky 
Well, it's something you feel you have to do 
And I just can't stand in your way 
'Cause I love you 
    'Cause I love you 
        'Cause I love you 
               My lady of Mexico

So I'll think about these moments 
In the months ahead while you're gone 
And they'll help me through the days to come 
And the nights won't seem quite so long 
And if you don't come back to me 
I'll know I can't , but I must carry on 
`Cause I love you 
My lady of Mexico 
And if you don't come back to me 
I'll know I can't , but I must carry on 
'Cause I love you 
   'Cause I love you 
      'Cause I love you 
            My lady of Mexico


Truth In Chains

Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe

"Nothing is what it appears to be" 
The old woman feebly cried 
When truth is chained for convenience 
Innocent people die 
Three doors tower in front of you 
Which one will you choose? 
Your own redemption's just out of reach 
There's no time left to lose 
There's no time left to lose

"Why do you stand there waiting ?" 
Came the familiar voice 
So many lives are on the line 
And you must make a choice 
As if your force could prove you right 
You boldly cross the line 
Is anything worth so many lives ? 
Will this dust settle in our time ? 
Will this dust settle in our time ?

Cold wind whistling through empty streets 
No other sound for miles around 
Dead city standing in a yellow haze 
Ruins crumbling to the ground 
As lightning flashes in the distance 
Big birds sail across the sky 
Evil destruction is raining down 
And the sky begins to cry 
And the sky begins to cry...


Simple Man

Lyrics by Mike Hager

I'm just a simple man with a simple dream 
Hoping the world can see, what it takes to be free 
What it takes to have some peace.

Free from all the children, that are naked in the night 
Hoping somebody will save them, 
                          from the evils of their plight 
We've got to take them back into our arms, 
                          and show them that we care, 
And give them the love and shelter, 
                           that takes away all their empty fear.

I'm just a simple man with a simple dream 
Hoping the world can see, what it takes to be free, 
What it takes to have some peace.

Free from all the bigotry, that is tearing us apart, 
It's reaching out across the land,
                             it's like a shadow in the dark 
We've got to join our hearts together, 
                             and build a better way, 
And stop all the lies and hatred, 
                             that brings us back to the ancient days.

I'm just a simple man with a simple dream 
Hoping the world can see, what it takes to be free, 
What it takes to have some peace.

Doo, Doo, Doo

I'm just a simple man with a simple dream 
Hoping the world can see, what it takes to be free, 
What it takes to have some peace. 
Free from all the voices, that are calling out in pain, 
Clinging onto lives ravaged by, 
                               the threat that we call AIDS 
We've got to stand up all my brothers, 
                               and give them a loving hand, 
Bring an end to all this fighting, 
                               that steals away all our precious time.

And the winds of tomorrow, 
                                hold the answers to our faith, 
And all we have to do is stop and open up the gate. 
I'm just a simple man with a simple dream 
Hoping the world can see, what it takes to be free, 
What it takes to have some peace.

Doo, Doo, Doo

What it takes to be free 
What it takes to have some peace


This Life 

Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe

Looking at this life, when I close my eyes 
Deep within my mind, where I go 
Looking at this life, well I realize 
Deep within my mind, well I know

I need freedom, I need space n' time 
Feel this life is closing in 
I need freedom, I need peace o' mind 
'Cause this life is all I know

Behind these eyes I am searching 
Behind this smile, into my soul 
Am I changing ? Is the change too fast? 
Am I drifting ? Will I lose control ?

I need freedom, I need space n' time 
Feel this life is closing in 
I need freedom, I need peace o' mind 
'Cause this life is all I know

Arrest my fears and unlock the gate 
I've been building walls instead of bridges 
Opening my eyes, the hour is late 
I've been travelling too close to the edge

I need freedom, I need space n' time 
Feel this life is closing in 
I need freedom, I need peace o' mind 
'Cause this life is all I know


My Private Storm 

Lyrics by Daniel Forsythe

Under threatening skies, in my private storm 
Heading toward that distant light 
Breaking through this wretched night 
I will ride the wind `til horizons clear again 
Breaking through this wretched night 
Heading toward that distant light 
Battling raging seas, saw you walking there 
Flooded by unrest, trembling like a prayer 
From my tragic depths, breakers crash the shore 
Heading toward that distant light 
Breaking through this wretched night 
I will ride the wind `til horizons clear again 
Breaking through this wretched night 
Heading toward that distant light 
In your eyes I see all the faiths that shine 
All the truths I seek, tonight I'll make them mine 
Woah oh oh oh, Woah oh oh oh oh...

We think and dream , in the end we hope and pray 
We balance pleasure and pain toward a better day 
The only light I see tonight is in your eyes 
Shining like the truth, to save me from the lies 
And all the people that we used to be 
And all the reasons that we couldn't see 
Right now they don't mean a thing to me 
Shine light, shine light, shine, shine for me tonight...yea

Sailing cold, cold seas, in my private storm 
Heading toward that distant light 
Breaking through this wretched night 
I will ride the wind `til horizons clear again 
Breaking through this wretched night 
Heading toward that distant light 
Tonight I see that light, for me it's enough 
New winds lift my sails, stir the stars above 
On my knees again, I live for your love 
Heading toward that distant light 
Breaking through this wretched night 
I will ride the wind `til horizons clear again 
Breaking through this wretched night 
Heading toward that distant light 
I've been to the edge and I've seen that view 
But I never thought I'd see the end of you 
Woah oh oh oh, Woah oh oh oh oh...

Heading toward that distant light 
Breaking through this wretched night 
Heading toward that distant light 
Shine light, shine, Shine light, shine


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