“So Beautiful or So What” by Paul Simon – On Dr. Martin Luther King and other “figures in the distance”

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Paul Simon’s song, “So Beautiful or So What,” from his latest release is a great song for many reasons, and I will allow the song itself to mainly support my statement. I decided to post this song since today is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and since the reference to that tragic event in this song is quite intriguing. I think the song’s meaning (or purpose?) is summarized in the short question that is the chorus:

“So Beautiful, So beautiful, So what” Continue reading

The ironies of life – “Strong Hand of Love” – by Mark Heard via Bruce Cockburn

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Here is one of the most simple and beautiful songs about life I have ever heard, written by the late Mark Heard and sung here by Bruce Cockburn on a tribute project to Mark following his passing. The overall theme of the song seems to be about the ironies of life. Continue reading