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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

October 4, 2013


I still listen to music. I download it. I purchase CD’s. I “stream” music. I put it on my iPod, iPhone and computer. Listen to it in my office on a record player, or CD player or iPod speakers with a great woofer for bass effect. I have Pandora in my car via my iPhone and a radio broadcaster device. (Thank you Laura and Josh)

Someone said that each generation is pretty much stuck in their high school/college years when it comes to music. It’s true I suppose, I am still listening to the Beatles and Steely Dan of the 60’s and 70’s.

Recently, I heard a song on the radio while I was driving on the freeway in Columbus, and I was instantly transported back to seminary days and I could see myself walking the streets of Berkeley. Songs can do that. They take you back to where you were when you first heard them. Perhaps that is why gospel songs and old-favorite hymns mean so much to church-goers (and frankly, can mean a lot to non-church-goers too.)

Another thing about music and musical artists who are a part of “our” generation is that we think that OUR artists were the real rebels, and that OUR music had lyrics which were more meaningful than the songs “kids listen to today.”

Obviously my generation has forgotten about “Wild Thing” by the Trogs and “Louie, Louie” which no one knows what it meant but it HAD to be deep, meaningful and probably subversive “if only the recording were clearer.”

So, recently I heard a classic from the early 70’s, a song by (arguably) the greatest Soul/R&B singer. I was streaming the music (and if you don’t know what I am talking about, then you are obviously even older than I) and I saw the title and the singer before the song began. I thought to myself, “here comes a great song.” And it is too. I was ready to hear this song filled with great social commentary and filled with valid criticism of our modern society…as only a great song can do.

And then I listened to the first few lines of the song which are:
Nah nah nah nah
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah
Nah nah nah nah
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

Yet, it’s a brilliant song and gets down to business after the opening stanza. Said one of the Funk Brothers who was part of the back up band for the song…we just start a groove and then let Marvin Marvin-ize it.

And he did.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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