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Bible Study  - Music 


  The World Sings the Blues  

  The Music of Hope  


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  The Music that comes from the spirit/Spirit: 

The World Sings the Blues:

For the "man under the sun" and without God, life seems indeed lonely, futile, and hopeless as reflected in some of the Pop music.
All The Lonely People - The Beatles   (youtube.com)
("All the Lonely People, where do they all come from? ... where do they all belong? ...")
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd   (youtube.com)
(Quite video on thought police, brain washing, propaganda.  What do we believe?)
The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, 1933  (youtube.com)
("The lyrics as well as the music are quite melancholic, reflecting the Depression following the prosperity of the 1920s..")
The House Of The Rising Sun - Animals  (youtube.com)
("... spend your lives in sin and misery in the House of the Rising Sun ...")
In The Year 2525  (youtube.com)
("Music video featuring the one hit wonder, "In The Year 2525", by Zager and Evans."  Very pessimistic view of the future)
O (Oh) Death By Ralph Stanley   (youtube.com)
("Very haunting song about a man about to die and he asking death to spare him til another year." )
Simon And Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence  (youtube.com)
("This song about the inability for people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally, but especially emotionally, so that what you see around you are people that are unable to love each other" -Art Garfunkel)
St. James Infirmary Blues - Cab Calloway   (youtube.com)
("Cab Calloway sings St. James Infirmary in the guise of Koko the Clown from the Fleischer Brothers' "Snow White" Betty Boop cartoon."  I find this cartoon a little nightmarish and as it reflects on the hopelessness of death. - S. K. Smith)
Mary Hopkin:  Those Were the Days (1968)   (YouTube.com)
(Song is quite haunting and sad.  "Those Were the Days" is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ("By the long road"), written by Boris Fomin (19001948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism. However, it is best remembered for Mary Hopkin's 1968 recording, which was a top-ten hit in both the U.S. and the U.K. )

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The Music of Hope:

No one, no place, no time is truly God forsaken ...
A Mighty Fortress  (YouTube.com)
(Inspired by Psalm 46 - "There is hope amidst the struggles or tragedies in life. When the storms in our lives seem too unbearable, we can find refuge in the mighty fortress of our God.")
Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See! (YouTube.com)
("AlphabetPhotography.com -  On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob. This is a must see!")
Every Time I Feel The Spirit - Soul Children of Chicago (YouTube.com)
(I love this version.  Lyrics - here.)
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (YouTube.com)
(Soprano solo, Part II, (19, 20),  from Handel's Messiah, taken from
Isaiah 35:5-6; Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:28-29 (King James Version))
How Beautiful are the Feet  (YouTube.com)
(Soprano solo, Part II, (38),  from Handel's Messiah, taken from Romans 10:15 (King James Version))
How Firm a Foundation  (YouTube.com)
("This hymn was sung at the funerals of American presidents Theodore Roosvelt and Woodrow Wilson.  For more verses, check out:  cyberhymnal.org")

Liberated Wailing Wall Music - Audio - Jews for Jesus (jewsforjesus.org)
(Various pieces )
Lord's Prayer with Native American Indian Sign Language  (YouTube.com)
("Dick West's "Lord's Prayer" sign language from Channel 8's nightly signoff in the 1970s.")
Rejoice in the Lord alway  (YouTube.com)
(Henry Purcell (1659-1695) "Rejoice in the Lord alway."  Words from Philippians 4:4-6 (King James Version))
Requiem - Mozart  (YouTube.com)
(Requiem in D minor (1791) was Mozart's unfinished work by the time of his death at 35. The word's speak of hope in the life to come. )
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (YouTube.com)
(O come, O come, Emmanuel is a translation of the Latin text ("Veni, veni, Emmanuel") . The text is based on the biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14 that states that God will give Israel a sign that will be called Immanuel (Lit.: God with us). Matthew 1:23 states fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.)
O God Our Help In Ages Past (YouTube.com)
(This magnificent hymn, written by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft with the great tune, 'St. Anne', was inspired by Psalm 90 and is a prayer of confident hope, especially in time of trouble, to the unchanging and eternal God who is our loving provider, protector and promised destiny. Sung beautifully by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge with reflections of passing time in the midst of the foundations of faith.)
The Story of Amazing Grace  (YouTube.com)
(John Newton wrote the famous hymn 'Amazing Grace.'  His story and song has touched many watershed events in history from the 18th through the 21st century. - S. K. Smith.)
Sissel: You`ll Never Walk Alone  (YouTube.com)
("Sissel, the international singing sensation from Norway, is widely regarded as one of the finest and most talented sopranos in the world.")

  Note:  This piece, You'll Never Walk Alone, is from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel (1956).  Since 1964 Jerry Lewis has concluded the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon with an emotional version of You'll Never Walk Alone. Lewis said at the end of the 2007 telethon that the song was suggested to him in 1964 by a disabled child.

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