Every year, in August, I take time to examine the great singers, song writers, composers, and musicians who have influenced and changed the way we think and behave. The powers that influence our behavior are not typically our own. Of all the arts, music is one of the most powerful because it speaks through vibration, words, style, and emotion. Most people don’t recognize the full impact music has on the soul. Dr. Holmes writes, “The greatest music ever composed was written by the hand of a mystic, and the highest and best in art has come from men and women of spiritual perception. The mystic does not read human thought, but rather he or she senses the atmosphere of God.”
This year I have chosen the performers, Dusty Springfield, The Eagles, Lou Rawls, Eric Clapton, and Annie Ross. Nadia Turner, a recent contestant on American Idol, will perform Dusty Springfield’s hit, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, on Sunday, August 14. This song was originally written by an Italian composer, Pino Donnagio, and performed at the San Remo Music Festival in Italy in 1965. That’s where Dusty heard it and then asked British TV show host Vicki Wickham and Simon Napier-Bell, the Yardbirds manager, to write new English lyrics. The song speaks directly to the human struggle with commitment and love. The title of my Talk is, Incarnation: The exploration of how humanity succeeds as God incarnates through evolution, into the human mind.
The Third Sunday will feature Mark Wood and the Center Band singing the Eagles hit, Love Will Keep Us Alive, by Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack and Peter Vale. This song is a powerful statement about how Love sustains life and how hungry we are for Love. The title of my talk is, Atmosphere, Induction and Thought. We must grasp the truth that we are all immersed in the atmosphere of our own thinking, the direct result of all we’ve said, thought, or done.
The fourth Sunday will feature Marvin Gregory singing Lou Rawls’ hit from the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly, this song is an invitation to see your creation through the eyes of pure imagination. I love the poetry of this piece when it states, “We’ll begin, With a spin, Traveling in, The world of my creation, What we’ll see, Will defy, Explanation.” It can’t get any more metaphysical then that.
Join me and together we’ll have a really good time.