守基·阿芬第（Shoghi Effendi）鼓励了许多巴哈教徒’是用讲故事的艺术来传达巴哈教的历史和教义’i Faith以及Ruhi系列课程也鼓励讲故事，所以我很高兴与大家分享一张全新的专辑，其中包含许多鼓舞人心的故事 发光的青年.
发光的青年 is a collection of stories and accompanying music about inspiring 巴哈’is who faced great difficulties in their 青年, and how the Faith helped them to grow spiritually. The album includes stories of Shoghi Effendi, Hands of the Cause May Maxwell and Enoch Olinga as well as Ali-Kuli Khan, Zaynab from the Dawn Breakers, and Fred Mortensen.
这张专辑中的故事由Sarah Perceval编写和讲述，伴随的音乐由Rosanna Lea和Caeli Lohr编写。鉴于 114青年会议 目前在世界各地发行，这张专辑的发行时间无法’t be better!
Sure. I was planning to bring out a new storytelling CD this year, and had four or five ideas I was considering developing when an American distributor asked if I had anything specifically for 青年. I asked her what stories she thought 青年 would respond to and she suggested stories about extraordinary young 巴哈’is. I had always really loved the story of Fred Mortensen, the gang member and criminal who takes a hair raising ride across America on top and underneath trains to find Abdu’l-Baha. He becomes a staunch 巴哈’i and the Faith totally changes his life. I got so excited by the idea of 青年 who had become dramatically transformed by the 巴哈’i Faith that I put all the other ideas aside and started to research and develop this one.
巴哈’i Blog: What’这项倡议的目的是什么，为什么您认为这样的倡议很重要？
The aim is to show the power, energy and extraordinary potential of 青年. The stories witness 青年 making important decisions for themselves, wrestling with difficulties, taking risks and changing their lives. Ordinary people become spiritual heroes. I think these stories are important because through them you feel the thrilling potential of the Faith to transform lives. You hear the stories and think “That could be me”, or you think “我知道那个人”，您问自己，信仰将改变他们的潜力是什么，谁会邀请他们？
故事中的大多数人物都是不太可能的英雄！帮派成员，残疾人，聚会男孩，酒鬼… and they are facing issues many of our 青年 face in society today: peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, disillusionment, lack of purpose, hardships, tests and trials. I was looking for young people facing very real issues, for a robust storyline and great characters 青年 could relate to. Many of the characters are well known, such as Shoghi Effendi, Enoch Olinga and May Maxwell, but it is less well known what great trials they faced as 青年.
音乐家是Rosanna Lea和Caeli Lohr –他们是很棒的音乐家。我们与Kelly Snook在 不是火箭科学工作室 and she ended up writing a track too. It was very important to me to have a 青年 working on the music, so Rosanna Lea was a great gift to the project – almost every 青年 I spoke to said how much they loved her music. Rosanna does the instrumental guitar music bridges between each story. Caeli Lohr writes electronic dance music, he’s scored some of the scenes in the stories – sometimes sampling Rosanna’s guitar themes. I think he’s done a stunning job and the music is very dynamic and evocative and really helps the stories come alive. The idea is that the music has a flavour 青年 relate to, but that it would also appeal to anyone, I didn’t want grannies to be put off listening!
巴哈’i Blog: What’到目前为止的反应如何，你们都希望做更多这样的事情吗？
巴哈’i Blog：这张专辑是在一个非常特别而激动人心的时刻发布的，全世界的青年大会都在这里举行！您对此有何想法，您有什么想法吗？’d like to share with all of the 青年 participating at the conferences?
Yes, wow! It is a very special and amazingly exciting time! The energy that’s going to be generated by the Youth Conferences is going to be stupendous and unlike anything ever witnessed before. We aught to get ready for a hugely powerful spiritual energy injection into the world. I feel so proud of our 青年 and really want to cheer them all on. I so wish that I had been a 巴哈’i 青年. A friend invited me to investigate the Faith in my late twenties, and it certainly changed my life dramatically. Most of the characters in the 发光的青年 故事是通过朋友介绍给信仰的，他们的生活被彻底改变了。我们都有机会成为那个朋友。