Monthly Peace Challenge: Healing

Rara has revived the Monthly Peace Challenge.  Yeah!  (If you are not familiar with her blog, you must check it out.) I participated in the peace challenge some time ago and was quite surprised, when I checked out my past posts, to see that my participation was actually three years ago in 2013. This month’s theme…

Peace Music on Monday: Love is all

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: The song Love Is All is not well known here in the U.S.   It was written in 1974 for a concept album and subsequent live rock opera called The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast based on a children’s book of the same title.  The show was produced by British songwriter…

Peace Music on Monday: The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: The iconic song Blowin’ in the Wind was written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released in 1963.  The melody was an adaptation of the old spiritual No More Auction Block (which originated in Canada among former slaves who had fled there), while the lyrics draw on Biblical rhetoric to raise questions about…

Peace Music on Monday: Shalom

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: I first heard the song Shalom on a Canadian French-language radio station which I get on satellite radio in my car.  Sung by Julie Rousseau, the song was included in an album entitled emergences 2 recorded at a gathering at the Quebec Seminary a few years ago.  Otherwise, I know…

Peace Music on Monday: Ride on the Peace Train

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: Peace Train was a 1971 hit song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. It became Stevens’ first top-10 hit in the U.S. and spent three weeks as the #1 song on the adult contemporary chart. In 1977, Stevens converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusaf…

Peace Music on Monday: Make this world a better place if you can

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: Motown singer Diana Ross released Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) in 1970, after leaving the group The Supremes in which she had been the lead singer for over a decade.  During her concert performances of the song, Ross often would ask the entire audience to reach out…

Peace Music on Monday: Teach us all a kinder way

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: Gentle Mother, Font of Mercy, also known as Sansa’s Hymn,  is from the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones.  Although the series is now in its 6th season, I must admit I have never seen it because it comes on a television channel we do not get. (I…

Peace Music on Monday: He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world: Originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, the popular musical ballad He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been covered by many artists in subsequent years. The song’s title comes from…