Life Is Love. Of course, there’s much more to life, too. But sometimes isn’t it sweet to remember love? Let’s do a bit of that now, Blog-Buddies.
Here’s a collection of YouTube videos that remind me how life is love. And how every day, I get to play a delicious game of peek-a-boo.
Usually I’m so very busy, hour by hour, in my very post-postmodern bizzzy American way.
But then love will stop me in my tracks, and I’ll feel that familiar sense of gratitude.
Like the screen beneath these words — that’s the peek-a-boo presence of love.
Music reminds me of that, especially when I can see parts of a concert and watch how folks in the audience suddenly pause to remember love. Remembering what may matters most, while we live on earth.
Because having human emotions is such a privilege. Being made out of love? That’s true of a rock, a leaf, a sky. But to also feel love? That’s human, isn’t it?
So here come a few of my favorite YouTube videos from a night when, around here, celebrated Publication Day for my latest book… how? I played and played and played, letting great musicians sing out their versions of the same love within my own heart.
Life Is Love. When Celebrating Moscow Nights
Looks as though it was filmed in Russia, which is a rare sight for me. And what makes this generous performance even more wonderful?Hearing gorgeous musicality and all-in performances, then seeing inspiration on the faces of people living in Moscow. Such an affirmation to me that beauty lives everywhere, if only I can find it.
And also a reminder to this teacher of personal growth and spiritual awakening: love counts. I wouldn’t call loving people a fast path, nor a smooth one. Yet love can definitely help us to evolve towards using our full potential.
Life Is Love. As a Father Sings with His Son
In this case, the father is Alfred Deller (perhaps the greatest countertenor of his generation), as he sings a duet with his son. In “Sound the Trumpet,” they’re singing Henry Purcell at his most seductively beautiful.
Nearly identical voices in this father-and-son duo. And the father has evidently taught his son the same exquisite vocal technique.
Could these Deller guys make their hard-to-sing melodies… sound any more fluid? Impossible. By comparison, birds sound like they’re straining to croak out their songs.
Another plus? To my ear, both Dellers have perfect intonation, so hearing their notes bounce around is the clairaudient equivalent of eating the most scrumptious dessert.
And maybe best of all is watching that Dad loving his boy. I don’t know if the boy could tell, but I sure could, because I know something about that.
Blog-Buddies, here’s a link, in case you want to listen to a bit of love in motion.
BTW, that “Sound the Trumpet” is all about JOY!!!
Life Is Love. Even When Life Is Hard
During the high school years recounted in “Bigger than All the Night Sky,” one of my favorite performances was hearing the Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble from Bulgaria, and their rendition of “Tudora Is Dozing.“
In preparing this blog post, I hunted down a YouTube classic performance that shows singers from the Ensemble today, sounding very much like those whose voices I loved. Only here I don’t see the music spinning around as a black vinyl record but distinctly appearing like solid, vividly costumed, women.
Incidentally, these are no MTV cuties, who smirk as though they’ve practiced every expression and camera angle in front of some mirror. By contrast, these are normal women, not particularly privileged, and to me the appear to be enjoying an interlude away from the hard work of everyday life.
Yes, to me, it also seems like, for many, that life is hard. You’ll see the occasional sweet smile pass between them, but never a performer’s put-on grin. And the music they make is all the more tender and lush because there’s just one way that they show love right now — vocally. Purely vocally. Zero showbiz add-on.
How I relish that! How I crave that right now, the sight of real people creating something beautiful. Doing their authentic song-and-dance through everyday life, which sometimes — if you’re watching patiently — reveals sudden-and-slight glimpses of being lit up by love.
Life Is Love. Even When What You Feel Most Is Lack of Love, Pure Longing
Another gorgeous facet of love shines in the face of Manca Izmajlova, as she sings one of the “Songs My Mother Taught Me” by the great Czech composer Antonín Dvorak.
And how I enjoy watching the musicians, too! Almost as if their faces wake up, and even while doing the demanding work of performing, they’re remembering what really matters. Love, of course.
Tag, You’re It.
Blog-Buddies, what are some of your favorite YouTube performances, audiences included?
At some point, in a follow-up blog post, I’ll stop the action in one of these videos and read the aura of one of these world-class artists. But for today, I’m content to listen and watch, brimming with joy at my simple human life. As if it hardly matters that energetic literacy can show us — at will — everyday life’s celestial beauty, and also flashes of the Divine.