It has always been that each family is a church unto
itself, with the responsibility to pass the heritage of their beliefs and
the history of their worlds and nations to the younger generations so that
they remember and learn from the mistakes and successes of the past so
that every generation of humanity lived a better life spiritually and as a
These are songs of people who have "fought the good
fight" God's way for generations, singing the truth of the
situations, and telling the stories of those involved in the issues that
affect us all at the foundations... so we never forget... and we honor the
principles and values we claim.
One day while watching CNN Crossfire, James Carville asked
"I wonder how he'll explain the matrix?" At the time, I knew how
I'd explain the movie to have people understand certain things. But later
that night, I was looking up the Templar Knights and read that part
of their purpose was to maintain the matrix of God, which I believed meant
not let anything get in the way of God's ability to speak to people the
way psychotronics interferes with it. Some might say that the matrix of
God, as found in my mother's old Bible, was God's real
This song is like God reaching out to get your attention,
to tell you there might be things more important than the same old issues
the politicians have told you are important.
Atlanta Rhythm Section - A Rock N Roll Alternative - Don't Miss the
I first heard this song in the 1970's, and wondered what
it was about for Cat Stevens, now know as Yusef Islam. As I grew older,
and as events occurred in the world, this song came to mean a great deal
to me about finally understanding things my father taught me - wisdom -
that I had no way of understanding until the time those things would be
I wonder what wisdom your parents or grand-parents my have
told you that you didn't take to heart or think were important that would
be important now if you remembered what they told you?
What does this song mean to you?
Cat Stevens - Father & Son
I was working at KWAV, in Monterey, California when I
first played this song, and it made me think back and realize that
the world wasn't quite the way it seemed on the surface.
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire
Ambrosia - Somewhere I've Never Traveled -
The thing about heritage is know where we've come from,
where we're going, understanding what others endure or encounter because
of circumstances, and it seems they can only be understood when you hear
it from good people subjected to difficult times, and you appreciate
the things we take for granted a little more.
Lodge-Rigal - Dreamtable - 11 - All I Need
When I was very young and Bob Dylan became famous, I
didn't know what he was singing about and why people thought he was ahead
of his time. He used to say, "Don't trust anyone over 30". I
didn't know he was talking about Free Masons. In the late 70's,
worked as a music critic and received the album Slow Train Coming, and
thought, he's sold out, and never realized the truth was, like a lot of
older artists people thought were alternative or subversive or hippie,
they really were telling us a great deal about the real world we
live in. Not the one we choose to hope for.
I like to remind people about how God is love, not a
tyrannical, demanding God and how He never intended for His followers to
suffer, but knew they would for a time because of those who do evil. So,
there is some evil to endure and what seem like hardships because of it,
and this is often what it can seem like for an ethical person to endure in
a world of people struggling to survive, consciously or instinctively.
Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming - 03 - I Believe In
It's why I like to remind people of what we've
experienced, witnessed, what it causes and how it can be overcome when
people are allowed to be like people, not threatened by fears generated by
lies, people who know that their love for their families is no different
than the love other people have for theirs.
It's important to acknowledge that God doesn't
just work through people who go to church or carry a Bible, He works
through their spirits and their hearts and expresses the love He expresses
through their compassion. And they express it in their joy in giving, and
working and caring for others and their world.
People who understand that expressing the ways of God is
love, because God only truly expresses Himself out of and with
Elton John - Love Song
When you understand that, ask yourself, have I played
you songs about feelings, or played songs that express God's messages by
people who have at least a sense that God uses them to deliver them for
Him. Messages like this:
The other night, I was listening to a song I can't remember,
but the lyric was talking about a black man living in a ghetto, and he was
approached by someone and he showed his gun to warn him, and the man who
approached him said, why do you need a gun, and he said because without a
gun, nobody shows you any respect. And that's the same thing Willie Nelson
wrote about when Elvis Presley made this a hit.
Elvis Presley - 30 No1 Hits - 26 - In The Ghetto
When we think of ghettos, isn't that the scene we still
sort of se in our minds? I remember thinking about that while visiting the
slums of Soweto one day. In fact, I'm thinking about a town in
Loskop, South Africa who saw people come and go, most sincerely
attempting to help them save their tribes of people, and at times, even
voting some of the white people who came to help "their hope for the
future" only to have that person leave as well... And then I think of
how my mom's said Musicians are the angels of God.. imagine hearing this
message if you were feeling hopeless, and still having faith in God.
Knowing people were thinking of you, and wanting you to have hope.
Real hope. And faith for the future.
Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall - 205 - Children of the
Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire
Jesus talked a lot about economic slavery, people
working for subsistence wages, like black people freed by the civil war.
It's long been a strategy of those the pilgrims fled from to purposely
generate a minority impoverished class to foot the "hard labor"
without worrying about rights or representation. People should understand
that while Congress talks about illegal immigration and undocumented
workers, the number Mexican and South American people in the United States
has exceeded the black population. In no way to I mention this to diminish
immigrants seeking opportunity and work like the rest of us. Also
consider that the few benefits provided Mexico via NAFTA have all been
handed to China. I think about when I hear this song that
brings back memories of a time when human civil rights were being publicly
required and demanded after centuries of discrimination, for black people,
for women, for workers....
Back around 1974 I was in a political science class
where I remembered just enough of what my sisters told me about Caesar
Chavez and the United Farm Workers who worked so hard to win and
accomplish for people, and what must not be forgotten or lost... just
enough to represent it to the class and instructor so they understood how important
it was to real people depended upon the delivery of our food supply, and
yet considered "invisible".
Pat Humphries - Hands - 07 - Cold Cup of
Pat Humphries is one of those kinds of people who
continuing helping people, and you may never hear of them, they just do
I remember Paul Simon being on Saturday Night Live once,
and saying that hell is whatever you think it is. The next scene, he was
stuck alone in an elevator with the Muzak version of The Sounds of Silence
playing over and over again.
When times are hard, especially economic times, it used
to be said that when the economy is bad, have a war. Not a good reason to
have a war. But it tells you a lot about who makes the money, and who
really benefits from the hard work of citizens. It's not the government,
it's businesses and the military Industrial Complex Pres. Dwight D.
Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address. People, the global
empire, that has made its fortune from war for centuries.
Brazil is supposed to have the 4th largest economy in
the world, made that way by basically bankrupting its citizens, making it
very profitable for corporations to work there, and being willing to
lose a generation of young people to poverty and self destruction. A
group of economists and other "bean counters" determined that to
manipulate the economy to make it that way, the people would, as always, simply
adjust as they always had to when a government changed the economy or
direction of a nation without informing the citizens..
These accountants, called the Chicago Boys, were
economists working under the guidance and education of Milton Friedman,
usually acknowledged for advancing the trickle down theory into our
everyday life, and can easily credited with the economic upheavals
purposely created by our governments to force us to change our cultures,
and accept what these "leaders" tell us the way things must be
from now on. Regardless of the consequences for its citizens.
Paul Simon -
There Goes Rhymin' Simon - American Tune
Tower Of Power - Bump City - 09 - Of The Earth
I remember watching CNN one day and hearing report that
most people graduating the 12th grade couldn't find the Pacific Ocean on a
map. And yet, we say we have a policy called No Child Left Behind, which
focuses education on passing tests in order to qualify for funding, more
than the actual teaching and learning teachers and educators work to
provide as their passion for giving.
I remember that George W. Bush impressed upon us the
need for more tolerance in diversity. I thought, tolerance means "putting
up with something". Having to deal with something because you had to.
I like to think of sharing in the variety and wisdom of other communities
of cultures, learn form them, enjoy their differences like something fun
in my life to have seen and learned from.
Some people think the answer is home schooling and
private schools to protect the quality of education and to protect
children from a cold or uncaring world of influences. It's a shame there
would be a world of those kinds of influences, and that our leaders of all
kinds have allowed it to progress. And how God said He never tempts people
or purposely puts stumbling blocks in their way.
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody
I grew up in the hills... of Santa Cruz, California, a
placed called Maple Creek, in Humboldt County California on a 175,00 acre
cattle ranch that bordered on the Trinity National Forest. I lived in a
place near Yosemite, California, and used to marvel at a place I thought I
might like to own, I called it Chuck's Canyon, It turned out its name was
the Grand Canyon of Yosemite.
I've driven across this country 4 times, and flown over
it a few more. It's the reason I believe in Global Peace and Abundance For
All. We're constantly told food and water and land are scarce, and the
world is tense and oil is cut off... each and every one of those things is
I remember in the first grade, my teacher at Costano
Elementary School in Palo Alto, California told us that psychologists or
sociologists were doing studies on rats to see what happens to people when
force to live in crowded environments. The rats went insane.
She said one day, people would end up wearing firearms
on them like people did in the old west. I noticed an article the other
day about some agency seeking to require people to wear guns.
We're told to resist terrorism by not letting them
change our lives so that the terrorists don't win, and then told the way
to win is to conform to fascist methods that train people to accept
oppression. You may not want to believe this, but there are people being
paid to drive badly and harass you on the freeways while the evening news
tells you if that makes you angry, you have a character flaw... people are
being patted down at airports when the government has devices that can
tell what you may be carrying by analyzing the very atoms of what you
carry on, making searches and other strange methods obsolete and
John Cougar Mellencamp - Pink Houses
The thing is, I don't think people remember what freedom
is like. How it felt back in the fifties when the nation was innocent
again. It's citizens, not the government that took advantage of
their joy of beginning life again after nearly a generation of
I wonder if people understand the intent of the founders
of this New World, the United States, and the thought and wisdom that went
into creating a document to express what really was the will of God to be
a possible example of the Kingdom of God.
I've always loved talking to older people to hear what
their version of the world is and was, and what they think got lost that
made it seem less and less pleasant to be part of it. Over the years, the
thing I've heard people always say about younger people is that they tend
to respect other things and people less and less.
Are they complaining about themselves or those children?
What do older people want to say that younger people don't tend to want to
hear or believe, or believe could still be possible? What have these
older people given up on that you may have wanted yourself if you knew
what they believed was possible when they were younger, and still dreamed
of the future?
Judds - Grampa Tell Me Bout The Good Old
There are people who know exactly how much money we
have, and fix the prices of nearly everything to absorb what they might
deem to be excess disposable income. They call it supply and demand. true
capitalism isn't supply and demand. It's fair value. Usury is not fair
value, it's the same as loan-sharking, and credit card interest rates and
predatory lending practices ensure that in times of scarcity, gone on for
a long time in this and other countries, purposely sustained, ensures
nothing but economic slavery, being allowed to live in a nation owned by corporations,
instead of a country of citizens with a solid economic and business
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 09 - Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna
One year, I watched the Superbowl just so I could see
the commercials. I can't remember who was playing or who won.
Tom Petty - The Last DJ - 02 - Money Becomes King
Long ago, it was Joseph Stalin who said the way to defeat
the United States was to stretch its military forces around the world so that
the homeland could not actually be defended, make its people fat and lazy
and dependent upon others to make and do everything for them, and to
ply them with drugs. I never thought the drugs he meant weren't those supposedly
fought in the war on drugs: it was pharmaceuticals, and the harmful
effects caused by the drugs supposed to cure you of other things.
Especially anti-depressants that cause psychosis, diabetes, high blood
pressure, sleeplessness and weight gain, and numerous horrible birth
These are the real issues facing all people of the
world. Ignore these or leave to politicians, and you will only get more of
the same: nothing
Pat Humphries - Same Rain - 12 - Never Turning
When I was a child, I overheard my father talking
one day, and he said if things go wrong, one day something will happen, a
disaster, a terrorist attack or something that the government will use as
an excuse to take away your rights, promising they'll return when it's
safe, but it's never safe again, and your rights will never be returned.
God and Jesus spoke a lot about free will and liberty.
For those who don't understand, the end times or the end of days does not
mean the end or destruction of the earth: it's the end of the reign of the
anti-Christ, and the end of time allowed that God will provide for it to
Fifth Dimension -
Save The Country
Paul McCartney - Wingspan (History CD 2) - 20 - Tug Of War
This is a time as in the Roman Empire when the people
were left to fend for themselves as the government existed to serve itself
and its feudal kingdom's air of royalty. It's a time when we must continue
to remember what we truly are, more than our physical bodies, our position
sin life and our accolades. What we are is people with spirits.
John Smith - Traveler - 01 - Part-Time