Published May 30, 2008
Tags: Music, prayer, Religion, styx
Sorry there was no song of the day yesterday!
Lately, I have been in a more mellow mood and so my music tastes have certainly followed. I am picking a song today that is not only mellow, but the words really speak to me on many levels. The song is “Show me the Way” by Styx.
On the one hand it is a song about dreaming for a bright future and on the other it is a somewhat religious song, and that prayer is something that will help bring this future to us. I believe in the power of prayer and I hope that prayer helps us get to tomorrow. Here is a link to the lyrics.
The wonderful lyrics and Dennis De Young’s powerful voice make this one of my favorite songs of all time.
P.S. I also want to direct you to my friend Wrekehavoc’s blog today. She is celebrating her son’s birthday. She embeded a youtube video of the song “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon. I love the song and the lyrics. And it reminded me of some of my wonderful times with Avi, which is something I need a lot. Thanks Wreke!
Published April 4, 2008
Judaism , Music
Tags: Jewish, Judaism, Music, Religion
When I think about favorite songs for my daily song of the day, different things come into my mind, and often it is either the lyrics in general or perhaps just one lyric. I began thinking about some of my favorite lyrics in songs. Sometimes songs I like have lyrics that are ok but nothing special, and sometimes I can find a great lyric in a song that I may not like as much.
I decided that I would make my song of the day on Fridays into Favorite Lyric Friday, and I will start off with what (in my mind) may be the greatest lyric of all time. I have mentioned Les Miserables here before and the very last line of the story itself is perhaps the most moving and wonderful lyric that anyone could have written.
The book Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo is mostly a political commentary on his time. The Broadway musical is mostly about fate and faith in God. Without giving away the story (if there is anyone out there who has not seen it), the basic story has concluded and we get an epilogue. The main characters come center stage and sing the final words of the story (there is a final song after that), “to love another person is to see the face of God.” Even as I type this now, I admit that I am moved by these words.
I don’t hide the fact that I believe in God. I feel God in things I do and see. I have felt God on the streets of New York City at 5 am on a totally deserted Madison Avenue, and at camp, looking over a still lake before everyone wakes up. Abraham Joshua Heschel called this radical amazement. He said that each person will have a moment in their lives where the amazement of what they see and hear and feel allows them to feel Gods presence.
But to truly see God, I do believe that you need to love. I see God in my wife. I see God in my children and I see God in my closest friends. Perhaps this is radical amazement taken to its extreme, but when you love you bring God closer to your life.
Here is a clip of the epilogue from the 10th anniversary concert of Les Miserables.