Monday, July 6, 2015

Not Just a Chosen Few

Get Onboard

Music for Peace Makers


The work of Peace Making requires music!

The album, Get On Board, by Eric Bibb, is both soulful and deep. It hints at the troubles of this world, with many reflections on the ideological solutions that we must embrace.  While serious, the music is fun and danceable. The lyrics are easy to learn. The songs definitely grow on you while helping you grow in Peacefulness.

In the first cut, Spirit I Am, Bibb expresses the core of his spirituality, "to assert my own identity with the whole, the oneness of all things."  He asks in this song, "Am I the change I long to see?"  A question that Peace Makers need to remember to ask themselves regularly.

God's Kingdom reminds us that "Peace is the way" and to "shout the good news till the walls tumble and fall."  "Not just a chosen few, but every one that’s true, God's kingdom is in us all." 

In Step by Step, he sings that we are "walking to freedom, on a rocky road that others have walked before." He also encourages us with the words, "brothers stay strong, sisters hold on."

Stayed on Freedom reminds us that we "can't hate your neighbor in your mind when your straight on freedom" and that we "love everybody in your mind" when you are "stayed on freedom."

While the album is very universal in its ideals, the music definitely has the flavor of Christian gospel, with a few love songs through in.  Bibb mentions the "promised land" in several of the songs. This  may be offensive to Indigenous people who have been deprived of their homelands based on invading people's claims that the land they have ethnically cleansed and now occupy was promised to them.  Bibb's intention, however, is clearly on the idea that we create the mythical land of promise right where we are, by our own peaceful and loving actions. 

We do think that most of our readers will enjoy Get on Board, by Eric Bibb.


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