POV: You're a disciple at the last supper, and Jesus has dropped the bombshell that this is the last time you'll be together for a while.
There's an awkward silence, and this is playing in the background:
Meditation is a good thing.
Stop and dwell in the moment.
Make space and pay attention.
See what you hear.
Music may help.
Elevator music isn't a bad thing. It can be there and unobtrusive and sometimes surprise us.
What song would you have as background music in everyday life?
Apparently this guy busks on the streets of the town I grew up in.
I am not sure I like the song (a little to catchy for me!), but I do like the message!
There'd have to be something wrong with me not to agree with messages about positivity, perseverance and self belief!
I think if I was still in Sudbury and wandered past him playing, and caught these lyrics I'd stop and listen.
"River Flows in You..."
Let's keep this short:
Music is about expression.
How does this one make you feel?
Ever have one of those moments where you start listening to a song and you kind of recognise the voice but it just doesn't quite fit with the music you're hearing?
My friend Sarah introduced me to the Arctic Monkeys way back when she got their first album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" before they properly made it big. And then I kept up with them into the second album, but after that they drifted off my radar.
Coming back into listening in 2022 with "The Car" I realised I'd missed a lot. There was a whole musical journey that had gone on in the four albums in between! The voice was the same, but the rest of it left me thinking that I ain't quite where I think I am!
Another quick one...
I'm tempted to turn it into a quiz:
Lewis Capaldi or King Solomon?
Love Song or Ecclesiastes?
Pointless or Meaningless?
Here's an idea: Have a listen to this song, then read Ecclesiastes.
"A beautiful day..."
A short one today... Can't remember where I cam across this one, but it's quite catchy!
What will you say "Thank you" for today? What's on you list?
Does pain feature in your "Thank you"? Should it?
Who or what are you saying "Thank you" to?
(There isn't even a "Read more..."!)
They say that ignorance is bliss.
Sometimes we'd rather close our eyes and have everything go away.
Perhaps if we sleep things will be better when we wake. Someone will have magically fixed the problem.
I guess this song just draws together the thoughts that I've already had with "Bridge over troubled water" and "Eyes of a child".
Human kind has been on a journey round light:
We sat round a fire and told stories as communities and clans;
We moved indoors and read stories around the fireplace, or listened to them on the radio;
The radio got replaced by the television and we continued to have less responsibility in telling the story, though we were all still pointing in the same direction;
Nowadays the TV is still in the corner of the living room, and the seats still point towards it, and it ever continues to burn out a light and tell stories, but whilst it tells its stories I tune it out and disappear into the light of the screen in my hand. It tells stories, paints pictures and shows things to me. I experience them alone, along with millions of other people, and occasionally I send them to other people on social media so that they too can enjoy them alone.
I was on my way to a meeting somewhere new. The sat nav suggested I could either turn left or go straight. I went left because that looked like the more fun option. As I happily drove down the road I came across a work-horse pick-up truck doing a three-point turn in the road to avoid going through the ford. I ignored the signs and kept going. It was fun, it was deeper than it could have been, and my car miraculously made it through (even managing to be cleaner!). It was a win-win really, but it could have been expensive... Especially if it had been deeper and faster flowing.
The better option would have been to have carried on straight along the other route, or to have turned around before I got there. A less dangerous option would have been a bridge, or to wait until the ford was lower.
Lent 2023 Playlist
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I'm working through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!