The Tale of the Sands is a beautiful traditional Eastern story with a timeless message about challenges, opportunities, overcoming obstacles, and how to take advantage of what may be offered to us.

The Tale of the Sands: A Tone Poem is a rendering of this famous tale in a classically styled musical work of approximately 19 minutes in length. The music was composed and performed, and the story narrated by John J. Harvey, a highly talented and versatile artist from the U.K. For a biographical sketch of John Harvey click here.

The story is taken from a collection, "Tales of the Dervishes," by the noted Afghan writer, Idries Shah, and used with the permission of the estate of Idries Shah.

To hear The Tale of the Sands: A Tone Poem, click here. The full text of the tale is also presented.

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