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My iPod Has Issues – In Honor of a Fallen Friend

1 Jun

I realize that it was just the other day when I put together an iPod post. However, this one is different. Yesterday, a funeral was held for a friend of mine who died way too young. It was an inspiring service, but it was heartbreaking for everyone. His passing is a tragedy that will always be felt by those who knew him.

My iPod has a playlist of songs about God and all things heavenly. Some are spiritual. Some are secular. I share a few of them with you to honor Matt.Matt

“God and Man” by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

“Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho” by The Golden Gate Quartet

“Angel Band” by The Stanley Brothers

“Stairway to Heaven” by Heart

“Superstar” by Ben Vereen and Marc Pressel

“God Moving Over the Face of the Waters” by Moby

“Christo Redemptor” by Charlie Musselwhite

“Everybody Knows Elvis (Everybody Knows Jesus)” by Kate Campbell

“The Ball Game” by Sister Wynona Carr

“Lonesome Valley” by The Fairfield Four

“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum

“New World in My View” by King Britt

“Amazing Grace” by The Beeston Pipe Band

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan

“Why Me” by Kris Kristofferson

“Old Rugged Cross” by John Prine and Mac Wiseman

“This Train” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

“Crying in the Chapel” by Elvis Presley

“Tell Me There’s a Heaven” by Chris Rea

“People Get Ready” by The Impressions

My iPod Has Issues – Heaven Help Us

24 Aug

I have publish several posts about the deeper meaning of the music on my iPod. The first, second and third were examinations of the overall playlist. The other was a more nuanced study of the “What’s In a Name?” playlist. A quick review of those posts will show that my iPod is bipolar, OCD and a little schizophrenic.

Tonight, I have decided to shuffle the “For God’s Sake” playlist and see what pops up. This grouping contains selections with religious titles or themes. I find these types of songs interesting, especially the old spirituals. This is surprising because of my lack of spirituality. Religious folks will say that I like these songs because I have an internal need to connect with a supreme being. I think I like them because, well, I like them.

Here is a sampling of my heavenly collection.

It’s weird that people correlate gold with heaven when you can’t take it with you.

1. “Knockin’ On Heavens Door” by Guns n’ Roses

2. “God and Man” by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

3. “Body and Soul” by Diana Krall

4. “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran

5. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2

6. “Judgement Day” by Whitesnake

7. “Heaven and Hell” by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter

8. “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison

9. “This Train” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

10. “Superstar” by Ben Vereen and Marc Pressel

11. “Old Rugged Cross” by John Prine and Mac Wiseman

12. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by The Fairfield Four

13. “Hallelujah” by Sweathog

14. “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups

15. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

16. “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash

17. “Backwoods Preacher Man” by Tony Joe White

18. “Amazing Grace” by The Beeston Pipe Band

19. “Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame” by Kris Kristofferson

20. “Angel Eyes” by Scott Hamilton

We will now pass the plate before offering the benediction.