You may be familiar with these words from the beautiful poetry of the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the musical setting by Pete Seegar known as Turn, Turn, Turn or popular renditions by Judy Collins or The Byrds.
“Music is a supernatural force on the earth. It has the power to transform the heart and mind.”
― Kathy McClary,
“The positive effect music has in our lives is understated. It can influence mind-state and motivate us to reach for the stars.”
― Independent Zen
“Music can touch and heal that secret wound of the soul which nothing else can reach.”
― Debasish Mridha
When Bob and I started attending New Thought churches music was kind of an afterthought. There was the Unity Hymnal which included songs like Magic Penny and hymns with some of the lyrics changed. Professional musicians were brought in to provide special music. There was often instrumental music for meditation, sometimes live, sometimes recorded.
But now across the movement we are hearing beautiful songs being written which reflect our beliefs. Singe/songwriters like Ricki Byers Beckwith, Nimo, Jan Garret and J.D. Martin, Eddie Watkins Jr., Jana Stanfileld, Rev. Erin Mc Cabe and Karen Drucker just to mention a few, are teaching, inspiring and motivating us with their music and lyrics.
One of my favorites is Daniel Nahmod, singer/songwriter, producer, humanitarian. It is hard for me to choose just one of his many songs to share with you. While I love One Power, what keeps playing over and over in my mind right now is a song called Water. Enjoy.
To learn more about Daniel and his music visit http://www.danielnahmod.com/
“Too bad people can’t always be playing music, maybe then there wouldn’t be any more wars.”
― Margot Benary-Isbert,
“It was the moment I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and feel so good all at once.”
― Nina LaCour,
“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer