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I Have a Dream

ABBA

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream
I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream

 

 

A REASON FOR IT ALL

(Eric Bogle)

Summer smiling on the city, it's another lovely day in Sydney
Sunshine pouring down like honey in a golden water fall
But in the room where Claire is dying, no sunshine sends the shadows flying
No children gather round her crying there's no one there at all
Except perhaps for the man who sees each little sparrow fall
Don't talk to me 'bout lonely souls crying
Dark quiet rooms and old people dying
I don't want to hear, I don't want to hear it at all
Tired old people die alone every day
Don't blame me I didn't make it that way
That's just how it is don't look for no reason at all

Winter weepin' on the city a wet and windy day in Sydney
Raindrops fallin' fat and heavy down Claire's window pane
Disturbs the rats as they are feedin', back to their nest they all go creepin'
Leavin' Claire alone again . . . it's been a long and lonely time since Claire could hear the rain
Don't talk to me about the meaning of
Don't sing your songs that cut like a knife
I don't want to hear, I don't want to hear it at all
Lonely old people ain't my concern
From dust we come, to dust we return
And that's all there is, don't look for a reason for it all

Springtime's come at last to Sydney the flowers are bloomin' in the city
In all their multi-colored glory they rise to meet the year
Memories in shame recallin' footsteps on the front porch fallin'
Voices through the window callin' "Is anybody there?"
Claire Campbell's lost and lonely soul is a long, long way from here
Don't talk to me about life's seasons
Don't ask me for answers, don't ask me for reasons
I don't want to hear, I don't want to hear it at all
From the moment we're born we start to die
And a man can go crazy if he keeps askin' why
That's just how it is; don't look for a reason for it all

Can't you understand what I'm tryin' to say
There must be a reason, there must be a way
To make some sense of it, to try to find a reason for it all
We're not born just so we can die
There must be an answer, and we've got to try
To make some sense of it, to try to find a reason for it all

 

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We Are the World for Haiti

25 years later and a marvellous new rendition of We Are the World

LENS Behind the Scenes in Haiti

Tragic 8.8 Earthquake in Chile
Details here

Deva and Miten
Deva Premal and Miten in Melbourne - promoted by Chris Hooper

Trails of Light - illustrating how much beauty, light and goodness a tiny group of people
can, and do, create. At the recent Deva Premal and Miten concerts in OZ and NZ they asked members of the audience
if they'd like to contribute a gold coin for Haiti. I held the Donation Box in Melbourne and people were generously
putting in a great deal of folding money as well as gold coins.
$7,470.65 was raised during this tour and 100% goes to Haiti.

20 orphans who lost their orphanage and the adults who were caring for them.
We have one person on the ground doing their best to keep them alive until we
can rebuild and get more caretakers and supplies to them.
We have a doctor, two builders, a nurse, and a man who makes prosthetic body
parts on our team, among several other wonderful people who have been helping
in Haiti, as well as me helping to coordinate the efforts and I will also help with
the long term set up of care and education for the children.'
... Heather

 

 

Deva Premal ~ The Voice of an Archangel

Over the last few years the heavenly voice of Deva Premal has frequently filled my home via my sound system. I've also had the great pleasure of hearing Deva and her partner Miten in concert ~ so if they are performing in your area I urge you to go and see them.... the memories linger. Their official website is here and there are loads of goodies including samples of their music, a newsletter and a calendar of very interesting events indeed. Recently my sister Chris and I shared a scrumptious breakfast with Deva and Miten and at one stage the conversation turned to orbs and what they're all about Alfie... so it was fabulous to receive this photo from Deva to share with you all. My instinct is that the orb is the essence of her sublime voice.

Deva and Friend

Deva Premal in Concert in Munich 2 May 2009 - Photo by Olga

Lots of links on facebook.... join us all there!

Gayatri Mantra and Its Importance

OM Bhur Bhuvah Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhio Io Nah Prachodayat.

The individual words mean:

Om: The primeval sound
Bhur: the physical world
Bhuvah: the mental world
Suvah: the celestial, spiritual world
Thath: That; God; transcendental Paramatma
Savithur: the Sun, Creator, Preserver
Varenyam: most adorable, enchanting
Bhargo: lustre, effulgence
Devasya: resplendent, supreme Lord
Dheemahi: we meditate upon
Dhiyo: the intellect, understanding
Yo: May this light
Nah: our
Prachodayath: enlighten, guide, inspire

Deva Premal and Miten

Miten and Deva's Official Website

with Miten and Deva
Cedar, Miten and Deva


Leonard Cohen

Promoter Michael Gudinski said the Leonard Cohen

Leonard - Forum

I wholeheartedly agree with this Review

In These Times of Massive Change ~ Be Inspired by the Great Lyricists

 

 

Marvellous Women
who helped shape my awareness.
Where are they now?

Joan Baez

Janis Ian

Bonnie Raitt

Carly Simon

Carole King

Barbra Streisand

Shirley MacLaine

 

Doris Day

Dusty Springfield

Sarah Brightman

Celine Dion

Norah Jones

Patsy Cline

Anne Murray

kd lang

Aretha Franklin

 

Joni Mitchell Sings Big Yellow Taxi
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see em
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Across the Universe to the music of The Beatles - pithy, poignant, perfect.

At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios' Across the Universe is an original movie musical springing from the imagination of renowned director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, and the Broadway smash hit musical "The Lion King") and writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (The Commitments).

A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with "Dr. Robert" (Bono) and "Mr. Kite" (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy – against all odds – to find their own way back to each other.

Paul Potts 1
sings Nessun Dorma
Paul Potts 2
Time to Say Goodbye
Paul Potts 3
Winner!!! - superb performance
     

As It Is In Heaven Choir
As It Is In Heaven

Swirling Notes
South Africa Oil Can Guitars
Singalong
Didge and Drums
Picnic

Imagine
John Lennon
Released on Sept. 9, 1971 (USA)

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

 

 

John Farnham - You´re the Voice!

We have the chance to turn the pages over
we can write what we wanna write
we gotta make ends meet
before we get much older
we're all someone's daughter
we're all someone's son
how long can we look at each other
down the barrel of a gun

You're the voice try and understand it
make a noise and make it clear
we're not gonna sit in silence
we're not gonna live with fear

This time we know we all can stand together
we have the power to be powerful
believe me we can make it better
ooh we're all someone's daughter we're all someone's son
how long can we look at each other down the barrel of a gun

You're the voice try and understand it
make a noise and make it clear
we're not gonna sit in silence
we're not gonna live with fear

Ooh we're all someone's daugher we're all someone's son
how long can we look at each other
down the barrel of a gun

You're the voice try and understand it
make a noise and make it clear
we're not gonna sit in silence
we're not gonna live with fear
You're the voice try and understand it
make a noise and make it clear
we're not gonna sit in silence
we're not gonna live with fear

You're the voice try and understand it
make a noise and make it clear
(we're not gonna sit in silence)
we're not gonna sit in silence
(we're not gonna live with fear)
we're not gonna live with fear

You're the voice try and understand it
make a noise and make it clear
we're not gonna sit in silence
we're not gonna live with fear

Amazing Grace
Words by John Newton, 1779

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a Soul like me!
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come.
'Tis Grace hath brought me safe thus far
And Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His Word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a Soul like me!
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.

 

 

Pretenders - Forever Young

May God bless you and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder
To the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay
Forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

May you grow up
To be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand up right and be strong
And may you stay
Forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
May you stay
Forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

The Times They Are A Changin'
Bob Dylan 1964

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.


The Prayer

I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise, in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe

The light that you have

I pray we'll find your light

In the heart it will remain

And hold it in our hearts

To remember to us that

When stars go out each night

Eternal star six
In my prayer

Let this be our prayer

How much faith is

When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place

Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we'll be safe

We dream a world without more violence
A hope and justice world
Everyone gives the hand to its neighbor
Symbol of peace and fraternità

The force that us from I

We ask that life be kind

Yes the desire that

And watch us from above

Everyone finds Love

We hope each soul will find

Around and within to himself

Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer

Just like every child

Just like every child

Need to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe

Yes the faith that
You have ignited in we......
I feel that it will save all of us

Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli

We pray for the people of the world
who are suffering as a result of ignorance.
We pray that ignorance will be dispelled.
Great knowledge opens hearts and brings wisdom
making it impossible to do harm.

 

 

Happy Christmas Everyone

Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon

ARTIST: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
TITLE: Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

{Refrain}
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas War is over
For weak and for strong If you want it
For rich and the poor ones War is over
The road is so long Now
And so happy Christmas War is over
For black and for white If you want it
For yellow and red ones War is over
Let's stop all the fighing Now

War is Over

If you want it

 

KD Lang - Hallelujah

For all those who love metaphor.