I made a playlist on Amazon Music for July 2019 “July, Justice, Journey”. It currently has 19 songs (I might add to it later on), and runs about an hour. The songs are at the moment ordered like this:
- Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
- America, the Beautiful performed by Ray Charles
- This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, performed by Peter, Paul & Mary
- If I Had A Hammer by Pete Seeger
- Alabama by John Coltrane
- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel by Taylor & Dallas, performed by Nina Simone
- Feeling Good by Newly & Bricusse, performed by Nina Simone
- Song For The Morning Star by Carlos Nakai
- One Tin Soldier by Coven
- Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger, performed by Joan Baez
- Untold by Matthew West
- Welcome To Our World by Chris Rice
- Concordia by Yo-Yo Ma and Dave Brubeck
- Saturday In The Park by Chicago
- Forever Young by Bob Dylan
- On A Clear Day by Lane & Lerner, performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio
- Higher Love by Steve Winwood
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
- On A Clear Day by Lane & Lerner, performed by Barbra Streisand
Many people would expect a playlist for July to include some patriotic hymns and Americana folksongs or even peace-and-justice protest music. In addition to such as these, I’ve included some other instrumentals and vocals that you might find surprising. My theme is the journey toward justice for “the common man”, which is all of us, each of us. So, on this July 4th when Americans rightly celebrate our independence as a nation, I also celebrate my hope for justice, freedom, life for all people and every individual human-being ever conceived.
Every day I am grateful for:
- My abilities, purpose, capacity to contribute
Today I am also grateful for:
- French music
- Desire to write, even if I have not much to say!
Check out Don’t Wait Too Long by Madeleine Peyroux on Amazon Music
Note to self:
Start a list of new music I find extraordinarily appealing.
Put this at top.
Thoughts on Individuals, Community, Love, Wholeness
- The Individual is First and Absolutely-Essential.
- Relationship and Community are secondary and totally dependant upon the reality of individuals.
- All who think it’s the other way around are just wrong.
- God is One.
- I am one.
- True Love between two is only real when each one loves their Self, and can then give Love freely.
- Any “love” dependant upon anything (or anyone else) is not Love, but addiction/ obsession/ evil-perversion.
- Love begets Love.
- Love is always better than “Perfection.”
- Love in the midst of brokenness is best because it is Love being and giving True Love for Love of Being.
- Wholeness is brokenness healed by Love. (NOT a return to unbrokenness, NOT “Perfection.” It is better than never-having-been-broken.
- Brokenness is part of the sacred path to Wholeness; Love is the Way; Wholeness-in-Christ is Home.
- Brokenness (and suffering) are holy, not for the sake of suffering, but for the time and space to choose Love through free-will. When we choose Love in the midst of our own suffering, we are choosing Love for Love’s sake.
- Even so, Love is so prolific, so generous and lavish, that every love has some reward, some good, and opportunity for further redemption, i.e. empowerment to love better. Love is like Light: no darkness or evil can overcome it or squelch it. Love grows. Love endures.
Prompted by Webster’s word of the day.
Broken yet blessed
Saved: salvaged, salved, sanctified, secured.
(I googled “stormy aqua ocean waves” to find these and similar images.)
I love these colors! And the energy they depict! Glorious!
Sometimes I just need to surround myself with ocean colors!
I thank God for the Ocean!