Posts Tagged ‘soul’

When a Man Loves a Woman

April 14, 2015

When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge.

It does not get much better.

The sad news today of the death of Percy Sledge.

Hannah Barrett

November 26, 2013
Hannah Barrett

Hannah Barrett

Hannah Barrett, an amazing blues and soul singer. When she sings she puts her heart and soul into what she is singing. An incredible voice for a girl only 17-years-old.

A girl with talent, someone who had no need to degrade herself by appearing on X-Factor.

People are sold a lie, that it is all about success, a record label.

It is not, it is about performing the music you enjoy, slowly slowly getting known, spreading by word of mouth.

The chance of what is called success is a lottery, with about as much chance of success, as winning the lottery.

The best thing Hannah Barrett could do, is get some recording time, crowd source if need be, then release an album on bandcamp.

But she has already probably been tied up in knots, signed papers she did not understand, a condition of degrading herself on X-Factor.

Music is not X-Factor, a tacky contest between winners and losers. Music is putting your heart and soul into something you love doing. Music is creating something that others love listening to. Hannah Barrett is pretty good at both.

Hannah Barrett has been subjected to racist abuse on twitter, told she is ugly, cannot be a singer if she is black.

Trolls on twitter, block and report for abuse, never reply or engage. I hope as well she has handed a dossier to the police.

Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Tina Turner ….

Top Story in The Musical Express (Wednesday 27 November 2013).

Write Your Wrongs

August 11, 2012
Write Your Wrongs

Write Your Wrongs

I saw Sian Sanderson live at Staycation Live Music 2012 at Godalming doing an acoustic set and she was fantastic, and she kindly gave me two copies of Write Your Wrongs.

Phenomenal album, and excellent studio recording by Empire Recording Studios located in Guildford.


June 4, 2012
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

— Mother Teresa


February 16, 2012
Truthfully - Ayanna

Truthfully - Ayanna

Truthfully by Ayanna has an absolutely amazing cover version of the Sting-Police classic Roxanne. It opens as tango.

Ayanna Witter-Joh​nson, to give Ayanna her full name, has an incredible voice, comparable with Aretha Franklin.

I am no great fan of jazz. I sometimes listen to Ken Clarke’s jazz programme on BBC Radio 4. It does not matter what he plays, to me it all sounds the same.

But Truthfully by Ayanna is different. It has character, it has soul.

A powerful soul jazz fusion.

Measure of Love

February 15, 2012
Measure of Love - Misty Edwards & David Brymer

Measure of Love - Misty Edwards & David Brymer

It is the saints who know what being in love is all about. Earthly love pales by comparison. — Thomas Dubay

I do not like yucky Christian worship music. It makes the skin crawl. They all sound the same, the same syrupy saccharine lyrics, you can almost hear them drooling.

It does not compare with with traditional Victorian hymns and earlier, a competent choir.

Even less with earlier polyphonic music.

What a pleasure then to listen to Measure of Love by Misty Edwards & David Brymer. Brilliant musically and well recorded. Misty Edwards has a beautiful voice.

The lyrics of Harlot are fantastic. Hard to believe this was a spontaneous recording in a prayer room. Some prayer room! It sends shivers down the spine! Play it loud!

It is a pity Misty Edwards & David Brymer had not thought to embed the lyrics. Hopefully this they will do as both FLAC and mp3 make this possible.

The cover art is also excellent.

A pity it is not on bandcamp to order as a CD. I can think of two places it would sell.

A very moving album.

Aretha Franklin – Mary, Don’t You Weep

May 3, 2011

‘Mary, Don’t You Weep’ from the 1972 album Amazing Grace by Aretha Franklin. The double album was recorded ‘Live’ at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January of 1972.


January 9, 2011


Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now.

“I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself.

She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pain, loss, and separation.

These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all.

In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.

Ever since time began, people have recognized their true Love by the light in their eyes.

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

“Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.”

“But how will I know who my Soulmate is?” Brida felt that this was one of the most important questions she had ever asked in her life.

“By taking risks” she said to Brida. ‘ By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in you search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.”

Nothing is completely wrong. Even a broken watch is right twice a day.

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog as his Character of the week.

Brida is the real life story of a young woman learning the Tradition of the Moon.

For my lovely friend and soul mate Sian who I am missing.

Also see

The Pilgrimage

The Alchemist

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

The Witch of Portobello

Oh Aleph

Breaking Through To The Inner Soul

December 26, 2010

Before reading this note please take time to read a beautiful Christmas story just posted in Paulo Coelho’s blog. I refer to it below and you will miss the point if you have not been enlightened by its message.

I want to thank Paulo for this beautiful and inspirational story – It has touched me greatly.

We all want to be able to reach our true inner soul—the light of God.

The following analogy has been helping me to move toward my inner light.

Think of your true inner soul being covered by five various shells – much like the Babushka Dolls of Russia.

babushka dolls

babushka dolls

If we can take off or get through the outer shells, we will discover our Divinity. We learn by removing each shell on our journey inward.

SHELL ONE: Even though it might seem awkward, risking by praying to your Higher Power with your own words/thoughts — Some might start with memorized prayers of their religion, then move into a conversation with their Higher Power… (much like Tevya, from Shalom Aleichem’s stories) Always keep a prayer in your heart.

SHELL TWO: Reading and learning from various scriptures and articles from various faiths – ALL religions have truths sent by God/Goddess — ponder them and meditate – and listen for your inner voice 😉 Patience is required here… Listen..Listen..Listen

SHELL THREE: Not to be afraid to show charity for those less fortunate — remembering that ALL of your cohorts here on this world, man, (rich, poor, well, sick) animal, plant, and even land, at times need a helping hand — if you are continually praying, seeking and especially listening, you will know those who need your aide. You were blessed with talents…USE them for the Good of the entire Soul of this World.

SHELL FOUR: This is where most of us stop. To literally break the shell of this doll, we must not be faint-hearted and fearful because it is only through true humility that we will get to know our higher power… We must develop a deep lasting faith– and become “lowly in heart.” We begin to remember and rejoice over all that is good in us. This will strengthen our inner selves and leave us less dependent on outward acclaim. When we pay less attention to public praise, we then also care very little about public disapproval. Competition and jealousy and envy now begin to have no meaning. Patience and unconditional love is gained as we overcome our weaknesses; and like the boy in this beautiful story “even through the journey gets heavy,” the rewards though any times not seen are of such profound strength and quiet triumph of faith that we are carried into an even brighter sphere. This fourth doll is broken open, just as a contrite heart is broken and we are reborn.

SHELL FIVE: The inner doll… our true soul… the sacred center of existence — the boy, through the recognition of the beautiful Vicar was able to feel of his true being…. For those of us who have the courage and faith to break through to the center of our existence we will find the brightness, the wisdom, and the warmth of a the loving power who keeps all of this universe in a continual motion…going forward with brightness.

My blessing for all is for you to know that YOU ARE HOLY— that YOU HAVE DIVINITY right there within you waiting to be uncovered — unleashed— brightened.

Merry Christmas …

((((LOVE)))) and ****Warm Bright Blue Light**** radiating your way from this side of the world,

A facebook note by Elaine Breinholt Street and also posted on her blog, inspired by A Christmas tale by Paulo Coelho posted on his blog.

Also see

Christmas tale – the pine tree in St Martin

Christmas message from Paulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage

The Alchemist

The Witch of Portobello

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