Poetry in music: “Love Someone,” with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane

Jason Mraz, with Raining Jane (Mai, center; Chaska, bottom right; Mona, bottom left; and Becky, top left)
Jason Mraz, with Raining Jane (Mai, center; Chaska, bottom right; Mona, bottom left; and Becky, top left)

Love Someone, by Jason Mraz

Love is a funny thing
Whenever I give it – it comes back to me
And it’s wonderful to be giving with my whole heart
As my heart receives your love

Oh, ain’t it nice this life we got each other
I am right beside you
More than just a partner or a lover,
I’m your friend

When you love someone
Your heartbeat beats so loud
When you love someone
Your feet can’t feel the ground
Shining stars all seem to congregate around your face
When you love someone
It comes back to you

And love is a funny thing
It’s making my blood flow with energy
And it’s like an awakened dream
Oh what I’ve been wishing for is happening
And it’s right on time

Oh ain’t it nice tonight we got each other
I am right beside you
More than just a partner or a lover
I’m your friend

When you love someone
Your heartbeat beats so loud
When you love someone
Your feet can’t feel the ground
Shining stars all seem to congregate around your face
When you love someone

When you love someone

I gonna give myself to love tonight
I’ll lift you up to touch the moonlight
And we will savor every second we
Spend together you and I will

We’re gonna give ourselves to love tonight
Lifting up to touch the starlight
And we will savor every second we
Suspend together you and I will
You and I will, you and I will

When you love someone
Your heartbeat beats so loud
When you love someone
Your feet can’t feel the ground
Shining stars all seem to congregate
Around your face when you love someone
When you love someone
It comes back to you

Poetry of music: Playing for change, with the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple”

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If there’s a video that encompasses the global impact of the Grateful Dead, it’s this one as musicians in Italy, Israel, Ghana, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois and many other states and countries come together to contribute to this montage centered around “Ripple.” Among the musicians included David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, David Hidalgo and of course, Bill Kreutzmann, along with a slew of others.

The video was created in support of the Playing for Change Foundation’s music schools and programs for children worldwide. More information on the “Ripple Effect” campaign can be found here. Watch the full video below.

Poetry: Open me, close me

Opening of the day, closing of the night, and the awakening of the light within me....early morning at the ferry terminal in Anacortes, Washington, USA
Opening of the day, closing of the night, and the awakening of the light within me….early morning at the ferry terminal in Anacortes, Washington, USA, with the sun behind Mount Baker. Photo by Ian Byington.

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

~e. e. cummings

Poetry of music: Across the Universe

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Across the Universe, by the Beatles (John Lennon)

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind
Possessing and caressing me
Jai Guru Deva OM

Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
They call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
Jai Guru Deva OM

Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears
Inciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on, across the universe
Jai Guru Deva OM

Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Jai Guru Deva
Jai Guru Deva
Jai Guru Deva
Jai Guru Deva

Poetry of music: My Sweet Lord, with George

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George

You’ve heard it, so many times…when George first came up with what became his most famous song as a solo performer (rivalling “Something,” with the Beatles), he was reluctant to record such an overt religious message-song: “I was sticking my neck out on the chopping block because now I would have to live up to something,” Harrison explained in I Me Mine.

“But at the same time I thought, ‘Nobody’s saying it; I wish somebody else was doing it.'”

So…he said it.

Mixing Hare Krishna chanting with a joyous Hallelujah, he confounded conventional music at the time by popping out a #1 hit for his first post-Beatles release. Reflecting George’s oft-stated hope for a closer and direct connection with God, this all made sense.

As John Lennon famously told a reporter around this time, “Every time I put the radio on, it’s ‘Oh my Lord’ – I’m beginning to think there must be a God!”

Thanks, George.