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Ray of Hope is a song written by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, two members of the music group known as the Rascals. The song was released in 1968. It’s been 50 years, and Felix is still performing.
The message of the Rascals has always been to stand for peace, love, and happiness. I’ve always said that the Rascals were before their time. They did not receive much cross-over attention until the release of their song “Groovin'”. Now, the lyrics they wrote in songs such Ray of Hope ring true again. For example, in Ray of Hope the lyrics include, “wait my turn ’till I can vote”. It’s a message that the Parkland High School shooting survivors promote for teens reaching the age to vote to make changes in gun control and to end gun violence. Read the rest of this entry
The students of the Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club perform “Shine.” They wrote the song after the shooting at their school that took the lives of 17 and wounded 15.
Victims’ bios are at this link.
“Some things in life they just don’t wanna see,
But if Martin Luther was livin’, he wouldn’t let this be.”
Lyrics from Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Really Care About Us. Read the rest of this entry
The song, Keep on Pushing, was written by Curtis Mayfield and originally recorded by the R&B group The Impressions. It was released in 1964. It is a song about perseverance and finding strength to get through tough times.
This song took on a new meaning for Mayfield after he was paralyzed in 1990 when a light tower fell on him during an outdoor performance in Brooklyn. In a 1997 interview, Mayfield said, “I think my spirits are maybe even higher,” It’s like I died and woke up to see this wave of love from so many people I knew and people I didn’t know.”
Kirk Whalum brings a jazz version of the song. I hope it encourages those who need a lift-up.
Bryan Duncan is another one of those artists who, back in the 1980’s, introduced Contemporary Christian music. It witnessed the love, hope and faith of our Creator, and gave the younger generation an alternative to heavy metal and heavy rock.
Bryan Duncan leaned toward jazz and many of his songs reveal his talent in that genre.
You might recognize the first song, Maybe I’m Amazed, which is a cover of Paul McCartney’s song of the same title.
Here’s wishing everyone a safe week.
The following videos are among some of my favorite inspirational music. I grew up in church where the music was uplifting. I also grew up listening to Blues and Jazz.
Around 1983, I discovered The Allies. Some of you might have heard the name Bob Carlisle, and might be familiar with his award-winning song “Butterfly Kisses.” But did you know that long before then, Bob was lead singer for The Allies? I happen to own every album they made — on (ahem) cassette tape. Yes, I still have several cassette tape players.
The first video is a remake of the song Manish Boy by Muddy Waters. The Allies brought the Blues into Contemporary Gospel Music.
The next two videos are by Mike Farris. The website, Mike Farris Music, says about Mike that “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not.”
The second video is Mike’s rendition of the James Taylor song You Got A Friend. The third video is Mike shaking the house with This Little Light of Mine. Mike’s music awards include the 2008 American Music Award for new and emerging artist; 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
I hope you enjoy the songs and are inspired to keep following the path of love and hope. Now, please excuse me while I grab my tambourine. Read the rest of this entry
The song “Wake Up Everybody” song by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, was released in 1975. The video below was recorded in 2008 for a PBS Special. The lyrics still apply today.
“The world won’t get no better if we just let it be.”
This was a special week for me. Saturday, I received a gift of a dozen Georgetown cupcakes from a dear friend who lives in another state. Sunday came a gift of Godiva dark chocolates. Monday was a dinner of grilled burgers smothered with onions. Yesterday was a cake with fresh strawberries in the center. Thursday, another dear friend is coming from out of town to take me to lunch.
So, I was moaning and complaining that I’ll have to diet after all of this. My son began teasing me with the following song.
Hope this helps to lift someone up.
Written by Sean Conlon, Richard Breen, Jason Brown, Julian Gallagher, Richard Stannard • Copyright © EMI Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
Keep on movin’
Don’t stop like the hands of time
Click clock, find your own way to stay
The time will come one day
Why do people
Choose to live their lives this way?
Keep on movin’, don’t stop, no
Keep on movin’
Keep on movin’
Keep on movin’, don’t stop no
Keep on movin’
It’s our time, time today
The right time is here to stay
Stay in my life, my life always
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Have you ever awakened with a song in your mind, and it stays with you all day? You hum it, and then you get the CD and listen to it?
That happened to me yesterday, so I thought I would share it. The words that stuck out to me where “be free”. Those words are deeper than the surface.
When we go shopping, we cannot purchase what the store doesn’t have. It’s the same way as individuals. We can only give to others what we have within us. “Be free.” Before we can allow others to be free, whether in their opinions, beliefs, life-styles, etc., we must be free within, and not in bondage. Conducting warfare, whether verbal or armed, demonstrates the bondage that people have within, because that is what they give to others.
There’s influence, and then there’s bondage. Effective influence is by example — not by words only.
Feel free to use this for open discussion on any issue or subject that you want to share.
With many being busy preparing for the holidays, and because we’re still following the trial of Dylann Roof, here’s taking a break to post something uplifting for the holidays. At the same time, feel free to use this post for open discussion.
Here’s hoping you enjoy the following songs.
Sam Cooke wrote and sung the original “A Change Gonna Come.” The video below is a live performance of the song by Al Green.