Thursday, June 16, 2005

Random Stuff

Okay, I know that Tuesday's post was more than a little on the depressing side. But that's what I was reading and thinking about at the time.

I know, . . . not everything that's read and thought about should be posted. But I decided to pass along those words from Fatherless America for the same reason that Blankenhorn wrote them in the first place: the idea of happy and successful shared parenting between two divorced people is more a fantasy of adults than it is a reality for children. We ought to say so. And with that, I'm done with the subject for a while.

Like a lot of other people, I'd have to say that music is a big part of who I am and what I love. Can you imagine life without it? I got to thinking the other day about recordings and songs that never fail to have their impact on me. Instead of growing old and dull, they just get better and deeper and more fun as we age together. Got some responses for the following categories? I'd love to hear them . . . .

Something that always makes me laugh: The "jungle interlude" of "Funk #49" by the James Gang. It's good to be a guy.

Something that always makes me cry: M. Janus, J. Schop, J. S. Bach, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (that is, words AND music).

Sometimes I cry when I hear Gladys Knight sing, "Midnight Train to Georgia." . . . "Ooh, ya'll." When I don't cry, it's because I'm wondering about the word "pip."

Favorite Hymn: If I had to pick just one, it would be J. Zundel, Charles Wesley, "Love Divine."

Something that seems like it might have been cliche by now, but isn't: Harry Chapin, "Cat's in the Cradle"

Since that's all I'm doing on this one so far, feel free to add categories as well as your nominations.

Speaking of music, the more I listen to The Beatles, the more I'm impressed at how brilliant they were. I rarely miss the syndicated radio show, "Beatle Brunch," which in my neck of the woods airs on Sunday mornings, which makes it sort of the last step in my sermon preparation.

One more category, then.

Favorite Beatle song: Today, "Penny Lane."

1 comment:

Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

I'm just "getting back in the groove" here after being gone sevearl days, so can't quite get my "blogging" hat back on for thinking like a blogger. But, the hymn that is both my favorite and ALWAYS makes me cry is Eternal Father - the Navy Hymn.

My son, David, received an appointment and went to the U. S. Naval Academy and so it came to have a very special meaning to me. But, I'm telling you, you cannot visit the Naval Academy in Annapolis and attend the Naval Academy Chapel, which is absolutely gorgeous, and sing the Navy Hymn with them without coming completely apart.

The Chapel has magnificent stained glass windows with lots of pictures of Navy things, of course, with lots of blue in them and blue carpet and blue padded seats. There is a wonderful, grand organ and at the Protestant church services, the congregation and the Navy Choir sing. The Navy Hymn is always sung, with several of it's powerful verses requesting God's help for various branches of the military. (Go to the site I linked to read some of the many magnificent verses that have been added for all branches and components of the military and for families back home.)

David was in the drum and bugle corps and every day at noon when the entire brigade marched out of Bancroft Hall down into the courtyard, they played Anchors Away, which always gave me a catch in my throat as his parent.

Music and words together are powerful way beyond what either alone can do. I often think and hope that Heaven will be filled with all the great classical music and all the music we know in this world. Especially hymns.