A Spark from the Infinite

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

(photo: David Garland)

We’re trying to figure it all out—with songs. Terry Riley’s “A Spark from the Infinite” is just one of several songs here about striving for a bit of insight and wisdom, giving voice to the religious impulse, reconciling or contrasting the secular and sacred. David Garland presents a couple different takes on heaven from Talking Heads, and the amazing gospel singer Rance Allen; a sonic contemplation from Panda Bear’s “Young Prayer”; an old Leonard Cohen classic performed by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, plus Cohen’s own brand new single “Show Me the Place”; Randy Newman’s “God’s Song”; songs about kissing as blessing, and more.

Comments [3]

David Garland

Here's the playlist, showing artist - song- album:

Randy Newman - God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) - Sail Away

Sport Murphy - More God - Magic Beans

Terry Riley - A Spark from the Infinite (Part 2) - No Man's Land

Leonard Cohen - Show Me the Place - single

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - Hallelujah - Melody Mountain

Panda Bear - track eight - Young Prayer

Talking Heads - Heaven - Fear of Music

Rance Allen - Heaven Is Where The Heart Is - The Best Of The Rance Allen Group

The Wingdale Community Singers - Give It a Kiss - SOA 2005

Judee Sill - The Kiss - Heart Food

Aretha Franklin - Let It Be - Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney

Southern Journey, Vol 8: Velvet Voices - Gospel Train

Jan. 09 2012 12:23 AM

If we had more music,art, speak, words, news like this show...well,
perhaps, just perhaps, life would make more sense.
Nina Simon's "Sinnerman" and of course, "My Sweet Lord" (but maybe you
played that....I came in later)
Thank you

Jan. 08 2012 11:02 PM
Iliana from Bethel, CT

Just went out and heard a woman singing Halleluyah - very haunting - and beautiful....
can't figure out from your playlist how to find who it was. It was about 8:25 pm - Sunday
in CT.

Jan. 08 2012 08:36 PM

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