With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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The 12 Days Of Christmas 2021 – Songs Of Hope – Day 11 December 22, 2021


We are at day 11 of this year’s 12 Days of Christmas series which as regular readers know showcases a collection of songs about hope. That’s right, only one left after this. The first ten posts have given you songs from Bill Withers, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, Bob Marley, ELO, Sam Cooke, Monty Python, Curtis Mayfield, Fleetwood Mac, and the Four Tops At the end of the twelve days, there will be a Spotify playlist of all twelve tunes and any that you recommend. I have really enjoyed putting these songs out there and I hope you have enjoyed listening to them. The world remains a strange, dark place, well it certainly feels that way here on Plague Island UK. But I sincerely hope that these songs help you even in a small way. Today’s song is one of my favourite songs of all time, the Source featuring Candi Staton with “You Got The Love”. Check out some of the other mixes too, but for me, the Now Voyager Mix is the definitive one. I know that this is rooted in God and religion and I am an atheist, but it transcends pure religion, it is simply sublime. Get your groove on and dance people!

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“There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner” October 18, 2011


This hopeless sinner (or maybe I’m just a talented sinner) was listening to the radio at the weekend and a song that I really love came on. It was the beautiful “People Get Ready” by the Curtis Mayfield era Impressions. Now this is a very religious song and I am not a religious person. So my question to you is; should I be able to enjoy religious songs even if I am not religious myself? Well I’m talking conventional religion I suppose because in the last two census forms I completed I registered as a Jedi (hence the Star Wars elements of this post!)

I have quite a few songs of a religious nature in my collection including;

“I Want Jesus To Walk With Me” – Johnny Nash – But then I do have a rather extensive Johnny Nash Collection

“Forever Loving Jah” – Bob Marley – I love loads of Rasta but let’s face it I can never be one, I am now forever a “Crazy Baldhead”

“You Got The Love” – The Source featuring Candi Staton – Probably my favourite dance track, probably my favourite song of the 90s too! I am pretty sure this is a religious love song about the love of god rather than just a love song.

“People Get Ready” – The Impressions – A truly beautiful song whatever it’s sentiment in my opinion

Caravan Of Love” – Isley Jasper Isley – The biggest hit from this Isley Brothers offshoot and also superbly covered by those legends from Hull, the Housemartins

I’d like to know what you think about this potential dilemma. I don’t have a problem with this, but I wonder if there is anyone out there that does. On a similar vein I once worked with a guy who was a racist, I’d like to stress that he wasn’t a friend. He had lots of 60s soul music in his collection; Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and plenty of Motown. Personally I find that hard to reconcile; he didn’t like black people and yet he had a large amount of black music in his collection. I’d love to hear your views on that too.

Incidentally I would like to state categorically that I do not own any of Cliff Richard‘s religious songs such as “The Lords Prayer ” and “Saviours Day” 🙂

 

 
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