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I hope you enjoy this song as much as I did. I hope and pray it brings a sense of peace in times of turmoil. Stand firm, believers….

Revelation 22:7: “Behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of prophecy in this book.”

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YouTube: Channel Nickelback. 2009. Photograph.  [Web:] YouTube.  [Date of Access:] 4 April 2016.

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via Channel SHK on YouTube

If you survived the ’80’s in a swoon about some sweet-lookin’ guy or gal, then you’ll remember this one.

Strange, isn’t it, that when one hears a tune, you can immediately remember a particular, associated moment (let’s, for the sake of the new generation, call it a hashtag-moment). What do you remember when you hear songs/tunes like these?

Yesterday my hubby of nearly 28 years listened to this (oh, he’s having a major flashback YEAR…playing old a-tracks of Heintje Simmons’s songs of all things!) and, BOY, did it bring back a flood of memories. Trips in his old Alfa GTV; said trips to Milky Cove (the local ice cream parlor), church meetings, Sunnypark Shopping Mall (when it was still THE hangout of the young and lively in Pretoria)….good times.

It is really strange the images that something as simple as a song can bring back to life for a person. The power of song, the power of words, of music….amazing.

Again I ask: what do you remember?

Listening to Elvis Presley, perhaps, or Johnny Cash? I do….hideous music, said my Mom, roaring through the speakers in my brother’s room. Sister listening to the Pretenders and  the Beach Boys and (very quietly) to the Beatles. That was back in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s. And all those ‘Vietnam-songs’! Remember, ‘Green Beret’? Speaking of green…who remembers ‘Green, green grass of home’, that old Tom Jones classic? Of course Engelbert Humperdinck needs a mention; one of sister’s favorites. Him with his ‘Spanish Eyes’ and singing sweet ‘Release Me’-songs.

Later came ABBA and the Bee Gee’s, Staying Alive and saying Thank You For The Music. Personally I adored Boney M, who warned that we Don’t Kill The World and then cried by the Rivers Of Babylon, before offering their Christmas Album and Mary’s Boy Child to a world that still finds it glorious after all these years. Then, forever the Dancing Queen (not, I can’t even two-step)  I had to hang up my Blue Suede Shoes when the Soft Shoes crashed on the charts in South Africa (who remembers them?),  but then I tried to reach for the Man in the Moon with Ballyhoo, while Alphaville encourage me to stay Forever Young. I shook it up with my favorite of all time: Freddy Mercury, the Great Pretender himself and Queen. Yes, I loved the Bohemian Rhapsody and even when I rode my bicycle I felt that they kept their promise: We Will Rock You. That was not all, though….

Inbetween ruled my love for classical music: Verdi’s Aida and Hebrew Slave Choir from Nabucco – it irritated Mom endlessly. Trumpet Voluntary in D, and….oh, bliss, Handel’s Messiah. Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Also Sprach Zarathustra…people must have thought I was totally nuts to love ALL these tunes, and then some. However, SHOCKER, …..

I was raised in one of those, how did Stephen King put it in ‘The Green Mile’? Aaah, yes…one of those ‘praise Jesus, the Lord is mighty’- churches. Singing was our way of, not only passing the time in church, it was (and is) our way of bringing humble praise to the one God. In choir practice we sang one that I loved in particular: ‘King of my life I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be, Lest I forget Gethsemane, lead me to Calvary…’ Man, I’ll NEVER forget that! Back then, as it is now, I found solace in Don Francisco who tought me that I Gotta Tell Somebody that Jesus, He’s Alive and the lovely words of Jimmy Swaggart as he prayed to let His Living Water Flow Over My Soul. Particular sad memory with that one….it played as we drove home after the funeral of someone whose passing left a hole in my heart forever.

So, as you can see, my life-story in song….every sound a memory, sharp and clear as a bell. How wonderful it is.

Now, friends, what songs can YOU remember? Songs that unlock that mystical time-capsule of your memory? Which is YOUR ‘hashtag-moment’?

#MemoryMusic proves that #MusicLives4Ever

 

 

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You need to listen to this beautiful song….it sounds like music from heaven. A new take on The Prayer of St Francis.

Truly extraordinary.

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YouTube.  2012.  Channel: Lina L.  [Web:] Servant of Peace by Snatam Kaur.  [Date of Access:] 25 January 2016.

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Looking at our news bulletins of the week I’m astounded at the hate and anger of so many. Well, the news always shocks me, but this was right here on my doorstep, in my country.

Why are people so intolerant? Why do they hate?

I could never understand why people differentiate and why they despise those that are ‘different’ from them. What makes you so perfect, then?

In my work I see many people, all religions, races and creeds; I see children abandoned or abused by their families and retarded children of every colour, age and gender. I’ve worked with transgender people, had meals with HIV+ children….the list goes on and on, and just what did I discover? We are ALL THE SAME. I am no more special than the autistic coloured boy with no parents or the rich donor that shares his bounty with the poor or even the selfish entrepreneur that refuses to give discount to the elderly lady in rags….the same colour blood runs through our veins, we all have to eat to be healthy, drink water to live; William Shakespeare said it SO well in his play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’: ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? If you wrong us, shall we not revenge’ Personally I do not agree with the revenge part, but his words explain the true nature of humankind so well (Note – HUMANkind). It just serves to prove….we have NO right to judge others based on something we all share. We are ALL humans, sharing an earth, air, water, everything. We all have emotions, thoughts, abilities…..heartache, pain…. Isn’t it strange then, that the only thing we all seem to be able to do well together is to destroy the very earth we live on? Is that all we can do as team HUMAN? If this is true, I am so ashamed of myself and of the human race.

One very important thing I discovered in my life-journey, is that there is one thing we all need…LOVE…not necessarily ‘romantic’ love, but a love that forgives, forgets, transcends all negativity, a love that is tolerant, caring, compassionate, kind, loyal, friendly, gentle….all this. Want to hear some good news? IT IS FREE! You can live a life of love, despite the state of the economy. Why then is it so very difficult for us to find that sweet and precious gift in our hearts? Why is it so difficult for us to share it with EVERYone?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the world can become blind to differences? We will not see a Christian or a Muslim, black or white, rich or poor, gay or straight, man or woman,  but a PERSON, a fellow HUMAN being. The thing is, we cannot wait for ‘someone’ to SHOW us how, only you yourself can choose to bring that change of  perception in your own life. Do not wait another minute….look long and hard at your attitude towards others, change it NOW, it is your responsibility to the world. Man up and just DO it!

This then, is my challenge to all my friends in 2016: Let’s share love and kindness with everyone; let’s NOT differentiate, let’s not discriminate, let’s not hate or judge,  even if it is difficult at times (humans will be human after all), be compassionate, kind, forgiving and hold onto this thought: WE ALL SMILE IN THE SAME LANGUAGE.

 

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