"Dexter and Sinister" - Elbow
An advert flashed up on my Facebook feed for the Elbow album "Giants of all Sizes", with single lines playing from a few of the songs.
Perhaps understandably the line that jumped out at me was the one above... "I don't know Jesus anymore."
A quick Ecosia search and I found the song and had a listen, and the disappointment flowed out of me...
"I Want to know what Love is" - Foreigner
In a reverse to normal process with these posts, this time it started with some theology related reading, and I thought "There's a song for that..."
"World in Union", with lyrics by Charlie Skarbek, is a theme song for the Rugby World Cup that attempts to capture the spirit of international friendship which pervades rugby union culture the world over.
The melody is "Thaxted" — the stately theme from the middle section of "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity", a movement from Gustav Holst’s "The Planets". (from Wikipedia)
There's something special about Rugby. I love it. I'm far more familiar with the international game than club rugby, but I really don't think there is another sport quite like it: the brutality, physicality, fitness, and skill; the passion, ambition, blood, sweat and tears; the inherent respect for the referee, the sight of people working together in such tight units... I could go on!
And then there's the fan culture, more akin to crickets than football, with the conflict staying on the pitch, pints being consumed alongside rival fans, and the love for the game triumphing over anything else.
The other factor that comes into play in the international scene is the pride for country, the tribal dances, and the national anthems.
"World in Union" is a fitting anthem for bringing it all together
"Ruin My Life" - Zara Larsson **
It's interesting what you hear when you first listen to a song, when you don't know what it's called, and you just find yourself singing along to the radio in the car...
That's what happened with this one, and it was one of those "accidental worship" moments, when all of a sudden I'm belting out:
"I want you to rule my life, you to rule my life, you to rule my life, yeah..."
And now that I know they're not the right words, I still can't help but here them...
** Another "Potty-mouth" warning here... Along with the "Scantily-Clad-Lady" warning
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!