Price Tag

Jessie J

Jessie J on top form here, showing how you can create a great performance with just a song, a voice and a guitar – inspiration for solo players everywhere.

I think this song is a manifesto anthem for everyone who feels that their music is some kind of calling or vocation. Here are the lyrics.

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag

Here’s some wisdom about money from the Bible in 1 Timothy.

look for the magic money tree!

Big Yellow Taxi

Joni Mitchell

They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

Well here’s a bonus for you. The best live recording I could find of Joni Mitchell singing Big Yellow Taxi includes her performing ‘Both Sides Now‘ which is also great song and a moving reflection on life.

I promised my sister that I would post this next, as I already had it queued up in the light of recent climate change protests and the growing realisation of the seriousness of the ecological disaster we are facing.

The Bible doesn’t really speak directly much about ecological issues. At that time in history people were more concerned with staying alive in the face of conflict and persecution, starvation, childbirth and disease. Some Christians now point to Bible promises about a cosmic ‘end of times’ with a new heavens and a new earth as evidence that God will make it all good in the end and we don’t need to care for the environment. In my view that is (being charitable) a naive or (at worst) a mischievous reading of the scriptures. As usual, people write whole books about this so read for yourself one of the key Bible passages – the story of creation in Genesis chapter 1.

God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good! 

Don’t Know Why

Pat Metheny

Following on from yesterday’s subject (War) I thought we needed something to relax with, so sit back and enjoy this beautiful guitar work from Pat Metheny. Originally written as a love ballad by Jesse Harris and later recorded by Nora Jones (says Jazziz), the melody makes a soothing, reflective instrumental piece

Sometimes the Christian faith can seem like a set of rules to follow, or a set of ideas to believe. That’s too much thinking! One style of worship – contemplative – tries to ‘soak up’ a sense of the presence of God. You don’t have to understand everything – in fact no-one can.

Read these words from Psalm 139:1-8 and maybe you will start to get that sense that God is with you.

Peace, brothers and sisters.

You have looked deep into my heart, Lord, and you know all about me.

Psalm 139:1