I attended Catholic school for all of my life. As far as me being a practicing Catholic, that’s definitely a discussion for another day. However, for most of my grade school life, I went to a progressive Catholic school where guitars played at mass and sometimes we would even hear a song in class. On one memorable day, maybe when I was in third or fourth grade, the teacher played “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison and asked us if this was a song we could pray to. Honestly, music was the one prayer around my house. There was music constantly, all genres. Opera. Operetta. Rock. Musicals. Pop. Country. Bluegrass. Classical. Music makes me feel spiritual. So, of course, I nodded “yes” because I’d heard this song often on the radio station my Mum played.
And, for all of you folks born after the mid-seventies, some radio stations weren’t so fixated on categories and would play a mix of everything, just as I found later as an adult in England. (Hopefully it’s still true in England.) So, my Mum’s radio station would play George Harrison and Kenny Rogers and The Little River Band and Bread and Frank Sinatra. As a kid, it was genre music heaven. But I digress.
This past Sunday morning I asked the reliable Alexa to play me some acoustic music and she found me the “acoustic morning” playlist. When I heard George Harrison sing this song it was a balm for all of the badness I had been feeling lately. We all know how this year has been. I can’t speak for other countries where the virus has been bad, but it’s been extra sh*t in the US because we have other entities at work. At the end of last week a relative suggested that he would take up arms to defend his president. So I’ve stopped visiting Facebook. Armed people are evidently ready and willing for a civil war in the United States and this is so disparate from the country where I was a grade school kid listening to George Harrison sing “My Sweet Lord” that I find it all completely unfathomable.
I’ve already voted. Now, I am just going to remove myself from the hate and stupefying emotions. I’m going to drown myself in George Harrison and the music that touches my spirit. And if you have any suggestions on music that touches your soul, please share it with me. I am open to all and any suggestions and will probably need them. Music heals all. And it lets me pray in the way I know best.
“My Sweet Lord” isn’t a song that has a lot of introspective lyrics, but it’s feel-good nonetheless.
ps. George was always my favorite Beatle. ❤💖
I really wanna know you
I’d really wanna go with you
I really wanna show you, Lord
That it won’t take long, my LordGeorge Harrison