Free Today

I’ve been doing a lot of listening to music lately. Because I am currently sitting in front of my Imac G5 8 hours a day (at work) plus listening to tunes on my way to and from work, I have had ample time to rip through album after album. Stack this on top of my reading “Restless Pilgrim” the book about Bob Dylan’s Spiritual Journey, and I have been “returning to my roots.” NPR has helped in this pursuit as they continually have live concerts on their website, and today I found a listing for a new version of a Beatles Album called “this bird has flown.” First I check out what there was to be said about this new album from one of their podcasts called on new and upcoming music. Then I discoverd an old archived radio program where All Songs Considered did a two-hour program on the Lost Beatle Tapes. This was a fantastic program and really helped me feel not only nostalgic but also reminded me of my younger days, when I was growing up, becoming the person I am today (one beauty is that all of this music was free). Both the Beatles and Dylan, along with my love and devotion to Jesus have formed the way I understand the humanity, and its creator. There is something so deep and profound in this music, something that moves, and makes, it transforms if you let it. A song like “don’t let me down” led me to think about the power of relationships, I guess in a way it informed the kinds of things I looked for in a spouse, and trustworthy friendships. Returning to this music, is also leading me to think and brainstorm about my own creativity, whether be in my music or in video.

I added this image which I like and took in HP – thanks to Chase Roden for providing the translation “free today.”

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

3 thoughts on “Free Today”

  1. swift is the booty – speedy is the prey

    Made me think of something I read recently. The antelope wakes up knowing that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be prey. The lion wakes up knowing it must run faster than the slowest antelope or it will starve. So whether you are an antelope or a lion, when you wake up you better start running.

    I am glad that there are times for us to drink beside the still waters. Music helps create that space!

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