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Peace and its many aspects

Songs for World Peace

No special alchemy here:  I just “googled” “peace songs”, and got some great results.  There is so much, I thought I’d share them a little at a time.  For instance check out this page.   This is quite comprehensive:  a veritable discography of peace and anti-war songs.   The compiler’s taste is nothing is very eclectic .  Here are a few examples:

“# “Earth Town Square, by Peter Mayer, title track on his album Earth Town Square  tells the story of man’s history from scattered tribes to a global society with huge inter-cultural and inter-dependent economic systems.

# “From a Distance” performed by Bette Midler on her albums Some People’s Lives and Experience the Divine. Instrumental version by Phil Coulter on his album, Forgotten Dreams

# “Global Carnival” performed by The Limeliters on their Album, Until We Get it Right

# “Come the Day” by Bruce Woodley, performed by The Seekers A favorite

# “Heaven on Earth,” a song composed by Mr. Guilherme Schroeter from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (music) and Olatunji Talabi (lyrics) – nominated for the Hollywood music awards 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

# International Anthem by Lisa Rogers

# “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” by Ed McCurdy, first performed by the Weavers and hundreds of performers like Arlo Guthrie, kingston Trio, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Limeliters

# “La Tierra Misma (The Same Ball of Clay” by Linda Beck – We’re all living on the same ball of clay

# Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells

# “Let There be Peace on Earth” – a hymn first composed for the United Nations, often performed in churches and symphonic orchestras. Recordings have been made by such artists as Vince Gill, B.J. Thomas, Gladys Knight, Crystal Gale, and several orchestral orchestrations by such as Boston Pops and Dino Kartsonakis.

# “Letter to the World” by Jack Gladstone on his Tappin’ The Earth’s Backbone album. A Native American perspective on the issue of world peace – pointing out that before there was Christianity, Islam, or Judaism, or Buddha, beyond all the “isms” and “anity’s” – we were children of God.

# “Love is Around” by “Earthman” Lenny Smith – We’ll make the world alright; when everyone’s dancin’, love is around, when everybody’s singing, love is around; when everyone’s helpin’, love is around; when everybody’s sharing, love is around!”

You spend hours following up on this music and thinking about the variety of messages conveyed.    I am beginning to realize that war/peace is one of the great themes in culture–right up there with “why are we here?”  and “how do we reach God”.

PS  Check out the quotes near the bottom of the page.  I really like the first part of the citation from James Madison:  “”Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.”

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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September 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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