Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On I Ride in the Car, I Listen to Music: Mix CD 21

I ride in the car. I listen to music. Every so often I put songs I like into a compilation. My 21st mix-CD in the HL series is done, 20 songs from six decades from the rock tradition. I'm exploring the present day through the artifact of songs. As always, the context is, the relationship of lyrics to the revelation of Baha'u'llah. Here are the first nine tracks.

Track 1 - 52 seconds of plucked strings, Godsmack's "The Journey." a little book called The Seven Valleys ... He describes the journey of travelers from the earthly dwelling to the Divine Home, 

Baha'u'llah and the New Era 

Track 2 - A metaphorical look at what's happening to the earth, climate change and all, Serj Tankian's 2012 "Cornucopia."

Do you believe in stormy weather, stormy weather
Hurricanes play musical chairs with homes and chattel
The whirling dervish tornadoes reek all disaster
Seesaw tsunamis give and take, what's the matter

 ...they tread the stormy yet glorious path of service for the furtherance of their beloved Cause.

Shoghi Effendi, Dawn of a New Day

Track 3 -  Sublime's dash of spirituality, their straightforward reggae cover of "Rivers of Babylon."

So let the words of our mouth
And the meditations of our hearts
be acceptable in thy sight 
over I

Grant that through the assistance of Thy grace whatsoever pertaineth unto me may be acceptable in Thy sight

Track 4 - Pedro the Lion's 1998 look at what we do for appearances sake, "When They Really Get To Know You, They Will Run."

Put on whatever makes you attractive 
If it's not you, then do it for the sake of fashion 
Your friends like a certain you 
That's who you've got to be 

...beware, O people, lest ye make yourselves the playthings of the ignorant.

Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas

Track 5: The Velvet Undergound's "Venus in Furs" classic (1967) homage to, yes, sadomasochism.

I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years

...we realize that Bahá’u’lláh has brought teachings and laws for a thousand years to come....

Track 6: The Meat Puppet's song "Creator" that closed out their original "Up on the Sun" album from 1985.

Some build elevators to take the chosen few
Who can afford the scenic view
To the top of some big tower looking out on fields of blue

All the teaching of the Prophets is one; one faith; one Divine light shining throughout the world.

Track 7: Cat Steven's 1970 song on "the sadness of leaving and the anticipation of what lies beyond," his  "Wild World."

But if you want to leave take good care,
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there, 
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware,
Beware, becomes clear, evident and proved, that man should associate with people who are firm in the Covenant and Testament, and befriend the pure ones; because bad associates bring about infection of bad qualities.

Track 8: Groove metal Pantera's 1992 release "Hollow" starts like a ballad and ends with riffs and growls.

We seemed like brothers.
Talked for hours last night,
About what we want to be

That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened....

Track 9: The first song on the post-punk 1980 debut album of  Echo & the Bunnymen, "Going Up."

If we should pull the plugs out
On all history
And all the mystery, yeah
Of things that shouldn't be

We have but to turn our gaze to humanity’s blood-stained history to realize that nothing short of intense mental as well as physical agony has been able to precipitate those epoch-making changes that constitute the greatest landmarks in the history of human civilization.

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