Spirituality of Music

THE SPIRITUALITY OF MUSIC
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This performance series explores the relationship between music, musicians and spirituality that sometimes, but not always, mentions religion. The intent is not to favor, ignore, or discredit any faith tradition or the lack of one. None of the Beatles, for example, professed or practiced Christianity and yet they wrote and recorded song after song that came from a place of deep spirituality. George Harrison was a Hare Krishna who wrote My Sweet Lord and Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth); John Lennon vacillated between atheist and agnostic and was, “more popular than Jesus.” He wrote Imagine & Give Peace a Chance. Paul McCartney wrote Lady Madonna, Black Bird and Hey Jude. Spirituality is a river that flows both ways. Houses of faith position themselves as repositories of belief, ethics, goodness and morality, but it is my belief that houses of faith need to better understand that healthy spirituality needs to flow in… as well as out. The “church” can learn from the “street” perhaps as much as the “street” can learn from the “church.” In an era when fewer and fewer people go to church, it is often the song, not the sermon, that touches people’s lives in a deep and meaningful way. Here are some performances from the most recent in the series:

Read about The Spirtuality of Van Morrison

 

“Moondance”

Performed by Cassandra House w/ Dave March on bass

 

“Into the Mystic”

performed by Rorie Kelly w/ Jon Preddice on cello

 

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