All we need is peace

One of the posts today requested me to help spread the word on the music video,  “All we need is peace’ by Steve Benjamin. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised.  Well done Steve,  and thanks for creating an inspiring piece of music to share with the world! Please take a few moments to also like and share the video, we all should do our little bit to support others within the peace community.

Wishing you a peaceful 2016

I am a bit late in making this post, and I was almost going to title it Happy New Year, and then I thought to myself, I really should be wishing people a peaceful new year. In my personal experience peace is far more wonderful than happiness. Happiness is fleeting, it comes and goes, but peace is a much richer deeper experience and it can be more lasting.

The start of a new year for most comes with the idea of becoming something, thinner, richer, smarter, more successful. It is a concept which I think needs to be dropped, rather than trying to “BECOME” something, why not just “BE” your authentic self.

The following song “FLOAT ON” by Modest Mouse is a song which must have been released around 2009, but I only heard it last year and it has become my official anthem song for 2016. In life from a young age, we are like fish constantly trying to swim upstream and against the tide, and the inevitable result is that we eventually weaken and the unrelenting tide eventually pushes us back. Don’t swim, let go and float. Try it, even if its for a few minutes, for an hour or more, just let go and float on with the natural flow of life.

I have a google music subscription and listen to the song on my headphones, and wow, the lyrics and beat is so powerful and you really become immersed in the message of the song. “Alright, don’t worry even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on alright”

Finally I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to sign up to the group, I truly appreciate it.

For What it’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield

This is an awesome song, originally written in 1966 and inspired by a riot between the police and club goers, it later became associated as being an anti war song.

Apparently the words “For What it’s worth” are not sung during the song, which is known more by its chorus line of “I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down”

There is a good music clip of the song set against protests scenes from the vietnam war here

When I look at the protest images, I cant help but thing what went wrong. At what point did we become so apathetic about war.

Robin Gibb

The Bee Gee’s were and still are one of my favourite bands. They had the voices of angels and their harmony, well you just dont see that in modern day bands, like you did with the brothers Gibb.
The soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever was when I first became a Bee Gees fan. They got their first start in music here in Sydney Australia.
I was listening to a radio tribute when Robin passed away, I am not sure which of the Bee Gee’s were speaking and at what period of time when it was recorded. But one of the Gibb brothers was talking about how if they could do anything in life, it was always music. And even if you live to a hundred years, that really is not a very long time, you really need to be doing what you love.
It really was inspirational, unfortunately I could not find any details or a video of that speech, if anybody does, please post in the comments below or send me an email.
What are you most passionate about in life? Are you doing it now? Please comment below.
For me personally, I am most passionate about peace and nature. I also love anything to do with astronomy, and the answer to the question that I posed, is for the most part NO. While I do spend some time focussing on those areas which I love, it is nowhere near enough time. I guess I am bound too much by the shackles of expectations, however I do plan on breaking free and finding more time for this site and the book I am writing.

We’re all in this together by Ben Lee

If I were to compile a list of my top ten favourite peace songs, “We’re all in this together” by Ben Lee would definitely be in my top ten.
It is an awesome song, below is a clip of the song from a tv commercial. Ben Lee is also from Sydney Australia just like me :p

The lyrics are very beautiful and inspiring, and the music is timeless.

woke up this morning
i suddenly realized
were all in this together
i started smiling
cos you were smiling
and were all in this together
im made of atoms
youre made of atoms
and were all in this together

i know you think
about jumping ship before it sinks
but were all in this together
ask a scientist
its quantum physics
were all in this together

yknow baby
theres never been protection
in all the history of human connection
cmon darling
its alright to show me
you dont ever need to be lonely
once you start to open your heart

The Rainbow Connection by Kermit the frog.

Last night I watched The Muppet Movie from 2011. It was a great movie, really brought back some memories from my youth.
I remember seeing the original Muppet Movie back in 1979 at the cinema when it was first released. I saw it as part of a school friends birthday party.
I had such a great time, I love the song “The Rainbow Connection” as much now, as I did back when I was a kid.
It strikes an emotion in me, that I cant quite describe in words, but it is a good feeling.
The Rainbow Connection Youtube
In particular these words make me emotional

Have you been half asleep
And have you heard voices
I’ve heard them calling my name
Are these the sweet sounds that called
The young sailors
I think they’re one and the same
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
There’s something that I’m supposed to be

Someday we’ll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me

Now let me be clear, I do not literally hear voices, but I have always felt even from a young age, an inner calling, that I was meant to do something good for this world. Of course not me alone, but with other people. It is so easy to get trapped in the rat race, with day to day goings on, this song reminds me of my inner purpose, my inner calling of what “I’m supposed to be”
If anybody out there loves this song as much as me, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Pass the Word…Pass It On

Please take a moment to listen to this song “Pass the Word…Pass It On” a song which was inspired by passing the word for peace.
Lianah Sta Ana is the name of the young girl singing the song, she is only 12 years old, but has an amazing voice and is very talented,
She travelled from America to the philippines to record this song. The other two people involved with the song are Roger Pullin and Sammy Asuncion who composed the song together.
Sammy Asuncion is the guitarist in the video, he really is an awesome guitarist.
Available on Itunes

What the World Needs Now

This is a lovely song, the lyrics by Hal David and the music composed by the great But Bacharach. The version most popular while I was growing up, was the one by Dionne Warwick.
“What the world needs now, is love sweet love, Its the only thing, that there’s just too little of”
“What the world needs now, is love sweet love, no, not just for some, but for everyone”
I stumbled across an even nicer version of the song by Australian female music artist Ricki Lee Coulter.
She has an amazing voice, I cant believe she did not win Australian Idol.