Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thinking about music: Blog Action Day 2008

There are times for each of us and all of us when we have enough to be going on with, and times when we do not. This could be with money, with a place to live, with food, with health, with direction, with community, with family, with friends, with faith, with a kind word, with love. It’s good to remember that there are times -- sometimes at the same time -- when we all need to receive, and when we all need to give. That gift could be money; that could be an encouraging word; that could be a meal; that could be a smile; that could be a song.

Music, especially the sort of music we consider here along the Music Road, is a real connector, a place for giving and receiving and encouraging, regardless of circumstance. Through the words and music, there are also often ways to reflect on how, what, when and where to give, and to receive. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was a stranger, and you invited me in -- words from the New Testament which find resonances in many faiths, and through many understandings of music and how it connects us.

Today is Blog Action Day, when hundreds of thousands of bloggers over all the world, reaching millions of readers, writing on all sorts of areas, are asking their readers to think about a single topic. This year, that subject is poverty.

While you are reflecting on this, you may want to see these articles:

creative practice: generosity

Potato Music

late summer: two for the road

now playing: Amy Grant: Mosaic

an essay from singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer about the politics of love and fear, and the politics of being an artist

now playing: The Environment, on Blog Action Day 2007

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Blogger Müge Tekil said...

Sometimes just listening a melody makes us understand things better than words.

1:49 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Grabbe said...

Thanks for the suggestion. Will do.

5:25 PM  

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