I like Music by Gene Mueller (Auggie’s Dad)

I like music. Pretty much every type, kind, style, or genre, I can find aspects of the music I like. I like it loud. I like it soft.

But mostly I like it live. Never been a big fan of radio’s mix of songs that have been re-produced so they are palatable to the everyday listener. Never have figured out who that everyday listener is.

Over the years, I have developed favorites. These are the artists who write and sing songs that dig deep in the heart. Songs that are in every sense a poem put to music.

Today I want highlight one of my favorites. Noel Paul Stookey, you might know him as Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary from years gone by. Noel Paul helped write and sang a song way way way back in the late 60’s called “Hymn”. I was reintroduced to the song a couple of weeks ago through a PBS special. Here are the words:
Sunday morning, very bright, I read Your book by colored light
That came in through the pretty window picture.
I visited some houses where they said that You were living
And they talked a lot about You 
And they spoke about Your giving.
They passed a basket with some envelopes; 
I just had time to write a note
And all it said was “I believe in You.”
Passing conversations where they mentioned Your existence
And the fact that You had been replaced by Your assistants.
The discussion was theology, 
And when they smiled and turned to me
All that I could say was “I believe in You.”
I visited Your house again on Christmas or Thanksgiving
And a balded man said You were dead, 
But the house would go on living.
He recited poetry and as he saw me stand to leave
He shook his head and said I’d never find You.
My mother used to dress me up, 
And while my dad was sleeping
We would walk down to Your house without speaking.
Strong words. Deep meaning. Something you can ponder for a while to see where you are at. To better understand what you believe.

“Recos”

serial

Recos or recommendations are something that I am going to post from time to time. I have been listening to a podcast called Serial. What is Serial? Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. We’ll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1.

My wife and I listened to nine episodes as we traveled over Thanksgiving. It was interesting, for it was like Law & Order- but real! You are drawn in and even start taking sides, get mad, frustrated and then you shake your head. The you tell yourself it is real and your heart breaks a little.

I admit I am addicted! Check out the Serial podcast and let me know your thoughts…

A Short Break

It’s something we all need to do. Taking a short break. This is something increasingly hard to do with all the accesses we have to the “outside” world. Between Facebook, twitter, snapchats, what’s app, instagram, flickr, and 1000’s of other social medias taking a break is way harder than it should be.

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