Music


Can someone tell me what purpose music serves with regards to our evolutionary development? Is music critical for the fittest to survive? But there it is, in every human culture that ever existed – like food, shelter and clothing. Not so much a 'nice to have' but more a 'must have'. And yet it provides no physical benefit, like food, water or air. It reminds me of a thought that came to me once – what purpose does the acknowledgement of beauty serve other than to prepare us for paradise?

The Devil’s Bad Day

During a recent YouTube journey I came across the classic recording of the Beatles, All You Need is Love.  The recording was originally part of a worldwide live broadcast called Our World which took place on June 25, 1967.  (Remember? 🙂  It’s only been 50 years!)  As I watched and listened I got to think, ‘Boy, that must have been a really bad day for satan’.  Here we were, humankind, coming to the age old realization that love is the answer.   How freaked out was satan when the record immediately shot up to number one and became the anthem for the Summer of Love.  What went through his head?  ‘Uh-oh, I wonder if this time it will stick?’

I mean this wasn’t the first time that we, as a race, had heard this message.  The Old Testament speaks about loving your neighbor as yourself.  And certainly Jesus’s entire earthly ministry was built upon His new commandment, “that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:33-34)  And, who has not attended a wedding and heard St. Paul’s amazing dissertation on love (1Cor 13:1-13),…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Truth is truth, and truth scares the heck out of the devil.  But you know what scares the devil the most – us believing the truth, us living it.  So imagine his chagrin, when the most popular foursome of all time is live, singing around the world, ‘all you need is love’.  I mean even Mick Jagger (Mr. Sympathy for the Devil himself) is on the video joining in.  He must have thought his days were truly numbered.  (I guess getting tossed out of Heaven was probably a down day, but that day wasn’t all bad for old beelzelbub since he did sort of get what he was looking for when he wound up here on earth, bustin’ our chops.)

But how bad a day would it be if we all actually ‘got it’…actually made love our goal, all day, and then every day?  What if we actually took the Lennon and McCarthy hymn to heart and looked at each of our problems, our sufferings, and those of others and figured out a way to love our way through them?  Well, I’m thinking that would remind our evil antagonist that indeed we do have a plan b, the best one around, and that we just might be able to turn some of those evil grins upside down.  What do you say?  Are you into doing a little chop-busting of our own?  Give the devil a bad day.  All you need is love.

 

Feel it…g’head…Feel it!

What makes a great song?  Great beat, great lyrics, great instrumentals, great performance and great video.  This song has all that and more.  The song by Toby Mac is from his Grammy award winning album, This Is Not A Test.  The album won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.  (I’m sure you didn’t see that category selection made on TV.)  The song is called Feel It.  And what makes it greater than just your standard great song is that it surprises you.  If you really don’t listen to contemporary Christian music much you might start if this is the stuff that is coming out these days.  I mean if you were listening to a set of contemporary hip hop tunes and this came on you wouldn’t flinch.  I could see Justin Timberlake singing this song real easy…The tune and rhythm is amazing.  I love that Toby can deliver this message of blind faith in such a fresh and truly contemporary way.  I’m thinking this could easily play on a lot of contemporary Spotify and Pandora stations.  So enough of me…Click the link and listen for yourself and see if you agree – Click Here.  The lyrics are below and I have added it to the Video of the Moment because it is so cool.

When I sit back and imagine
Life without You, I can’t fathom
How I ever thought I’d make it on my own
And there’s at least a million reasons
I’m still standing here believin’
You’re my comfort, You’re my healin’
This I know (this I know)

Well, you can’t see the wind, but it moves the leaves
From the bottom to the top of the tallest trees
You are everything I will ever need
And they can’t take that from me

Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know

Everybody talkin’ like they need some proof
But what more do I need than to feel You

When I sit back and imagine
Life without You, I can’t fathom
How I ever thought I’d make it on my own
And there’s at least a million reasons
I’m still standing here believin’
You’re my comfort, You’re my healin’
This I know (this I know)

Well, you can’t see the wind, but it moves the leaves
From the bottom to the top of the tallest trees
You are everything I will ever need
And they can’t take that from me

Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know

(Can’t take that from me)

Love came crashin’ in
Never gonna be the same again
Yeah, You came crashing in
You wrecked me, You wrecked me

Love came crashin’ in
Never gonna be the same again
Yeah, You came crashing in
You wrecked me
That’s how I know

Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know

Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know
That’s how I know

Everybody talkin’ like they need some proof
But what more do I need than to feel You

Everybody talkin’ like they need some proof
But what more do I need than to feel You

Be a Good Do-bee

do-beeI was cruising through some playlists last week and came across a newer version of the Doobies doing Jesus is Just Alright.  Great song all around – really showcases the individual talents of the band members…When I watched the older version which was contemporary with the song’s release back in the 70’s with a newer version from this century, it was fun…see if you can recognize each of the guys, whom by the way still get it…Click Here and Enjoy.  (Hit ‘Play All’)

 

A Divine Playlist

playlistWhen my brother passed away a few years back, we played some Steely Dan music at his wake.  He was a big fan and I think it helped the friends and family that knew this about him.  It got me to thinking at the time about what kind of music I would I would want to be associated with when that day comes.  You live long enough you’ll hear all sorts of music that sticks with you.  As a child of the 70’s the real classics like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Doors are some of my favorites.  And although I would never admit it at the time, Disco, Michael Jackson and E,W, & F make me wish I would have spent more time figuring out how to dance.  In retrospect I find many types of music very enjoyable, from Pearl Jam to Reggae, each represent a different part of my life, and all bring me back to a particular place or time.  I know that most people (more…)

Mary’s Song

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Every now and then a song gets into my head and there it lives.  I have had the song, ‘Alive’ by Natalie Grant posted on the Video of the Moment for a couple of weeks now.  If you have not listened to it, take the time to do so now <Click Here>, and go through the lyrics below.  It chokes me up.   Every time I listen to it I get chills.   Not easy for a 56 year old man to admit, but it does. Then I learned that it was also made part of collection called, Music Inspired by THE STORY.  ‘THE STORY’ being that of our salvation.  Each song has a subtitle that relates it to a part of the Bible narrative.  This particular song is subtitled (Mary Magdalene).  I am not sure that Natalie wrote it specifically with MM in mind – but now go back and read those lyrics – and picture her at His feet as she first realizes that the Resurrection is real!  (Here come are those chills again.)

Who but You, Could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies, And dream of me?

What kind of love, Is writing my story till the end, With Mercy’s Pen?
Only You,
What kind of King, Would choose to wear a crown,
that bleeds and scars, To win my heart,
What kind of love, tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay,
Inside the grave,
You, is it You?
Standing here before my eyes, Every part of my heart cries,
Alive, Alive,
Look what mercy’s overcome, Death has lost and love has won,
Alive, Alive,
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before
I am His because He is,
Alive,
Who could speak, and send the demons back from where they came,
with just one name?
What other heart, would let itself to be broken every time,
until He healed mine?
You, only You,
Could turn my darkness into dawn, running right into your arms,
Alive, Alive,
I am His because He is…
Emmanuel, the Promised King, the baby who made angels sing,
Son of Man who walked with us, Healing, breathing in our dust,
The Author of all history, The answer to all mysteries,
The Lamb of God who rolled away, the stone in front of every grave,
Alive, Alive!

 

Road Trippin’

road trip

It had been a while since Ellie and I took a road trip on our own.  Road trips are fun.  Last week we got in the car and headed to Taos, NM for a dear friend’s wedding.  Road trips allow you to do things that you don’t necessarily get to do when you are driving to work or the store, or someplace where you have to go.  (Road trips take you places where you want to go.)  Anyway, once we lost good radio reception (I know, we are showing our age here.)  I got to do something I don’t normally do – listen to a whole CD in the car.  The one Ellie picked from the skimpy collection was ‘The Cars’ first album.  It’s a great album – probably one of the top 10 debut albums of all time.

The second half of the album climaxes with the song, All Mixed Up <Click to here>.    I have heard the chorus a hundred times or more, ‘She said to leave it me, everything will be alright.’  It goes on to fade out and then it came to me, that is what God is telling me…and you.  “Leave it to Me.  Everything will be alright.  Trust me.”  Well, that‘s a problem for me – a man, Italian heritage, architect, project manager, father, solver of problems.  It is extremely difficult to leave it to anyone but me – that is what I know best.  What I don’t know best is how to get where God wants me to be – here He knows best.   I need to come to terms with that and just let go, and let God do the driving.  Then I remembered that old Greyhound tag line, “…and leave the driving to us!”  I need to sit back, relax and let the Lord take me where He will.  He’s in the driver’s seat.  Now, the trip may have some detours, traffic, maybe even a breakdown or two…but He knows where we are headed, and we just need to trust the driver.

Back in our car, Ellie driving, me in the passenger seat listening to this album again, drifting off – peacefully along for the ride…Road trips also give you time to think…God at the wheel, driving along, headed for Paradise, taking all who would like along for the ride.

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Attention: Hippie Wannabes!

woodstock2One of the top 3 (in my opinion) iconic statement songs of the ‘60s is Joni Mtchell’s ‘Woodstock’.  Most people know the version by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and according to Wikipedia, it was written based upon accounts of the concert from her then-boyfriend Graham Nash.  Like most of you, I have heard the song dozens of times, maybe hundreds over the past 40+(yes 40+)years.  But it was only recently that I actual listened and got the message.  (We were all taught in grade school the difference between hearing and listening.)  It may have been in the way that Nash described the events of those three days, or maybe from what Joni saw on TV, or maybe just the strong desire at the time by that generation of baby boomers for peace, or all of the above; but apparently Joni was equating the spirit of Woodstock to the paradise of Eden before mankind screwed it up.  (Was I the last person on earth to get that?)

In any case, the lyrics are below along with a link to the Joni Mitchell video – which is really is quite haunting.  It’s a song about each of us and our journey in figuring out who we are and what we are doing here, and most importantly, how do we ‘get back to the garden’?  Brilliant.  There are just some lines that smack you in the head once you actually listen (my thoughts in parenthesis): (more…)

Mo’ music

A friend recently convinced me to listen to mo’ music…music that would be a positive background to my day.  And I’m like a parrot once I get a tune in my head.  This one has been in there for a couple of weeks.  I love the words and music equally which to me makes a perfect song – click the image and read the lyrics if you can keep up.

Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You’re what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
(more…)