Rockin’ In The Free World (Worldwide Jam)

Various artists

Here is music bringing people together! This video features artists from Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, England, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine., USA, Venezuela (but not in that order). Whew – imagine organising that!

I’ve added this bonus version of the song because I used a shortened version in my original post which omitted some crucial lyrics.

There are a number of videos available of Neil Young and others performing this song, but I used this one as a bonus because a) it’s got all the words(!) and b) it’s a great music project where people from around the world have joined together to create a unique recording and c) there is some fine guitar shredding going on. Plus, there are definitely other instruments used that I’ve never seen before.

Which is the ‘real’ version of the song? Which one is ‘the truth’? This illustrates the way in which parts of the Bible have been written, with a selection of material and choice of presentation style for a particular audience. For example, we have four Gospel books of the life of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) rather than one – but it doesn’t make sense to ask ‘which one is the real one?’.

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