First Flight

by Sister Sai

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First Flight embodies an eclectic variety of musical influences - including Bollywood, folk music, and spiritual jazz. Conceptually, it explores the spiritual path of the hero's journey, using fictitious religious traditions imagined by Frank Herbert and Octavia Butler.


released September 16, 2014

Produced by 10th Letter (
All music written and performed by Saira Raza

Narrated text for Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear is from Frank Herbert's Dune (originally published in 1965 by Chilton Books)

Lyrics for Verses from Earthseed: The Book of the Living are from Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower (originally published in 1993 by Four Walls Eight Windows)

Title for Prayer for the Horizon inspired by poem of the same name written by Gwyneth Lewis (originally published in 2007 by The Verb for BBC Radio 3)

Album artwork by 10th Letter



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Saira is an Atlanta-based multi-instrumentalist and printmaker.

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Track Name: Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
"I must not fear
Fear is the mind killer
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration
I will face my fear
I will allow it to pass over me and through me
And when it has gone past
I will turn the inner eye to see its path
And where the fear has gone
There will be nothing
Only I will remain"
~ from Dune by Frank Herbert
Track Name: Verses from Earthseed: The Book of the Living
"All that you touch you change
All that you change changes you
The only lasting truth is change
God is change"
~ from The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler