Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #50

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The countdown begins with one of the most curious songs eliciting empathy and confusion at the same time. While many lament the loss of a loved one, sometimes that loved one is a pet. We all know that connections with creatures can be very comforting and deserve to be recognized as true and an important part of the Human experience.

In 1975 songwriter Henry Gross became aware of the death of Shannon, the pet Irish Setter of Beach Boys member Carl Wilson. The loss inspired Henry to create. The song “Shannon” became an international hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Cash Box Top 100. This type of sorrowful homage is not often expressed but is a legitimate reason that we grieve. Continue reading

Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – Honorable Mention

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Hi,
I was recently inspired to examine modern music as an expression of depression in mental health. In pop, rock, and rhythm & blues music the themes are troubled relationships and separation, among a host of others. A song’s melody evokes feeling, too. For the next few weeks I will rank the saddest songs of the rock and roll genre.

I gave weight to the tune, chord progression, melancholy overtones, and the agony in which the singers performed a sorrowful rendition. For some listeners this is a way of acknowledging a depressed state, while others identify with the lyrics or situation.

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Pathways of Peace

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

There is no substitute for peace in a world of conflict.
The universe will eventually come to rest and then
the Creator will declare peace for all time.

But for now, we mostly just talk about it.

Enjoy this breakdown of how we weave “peace” in and out of our daily conversations:

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Continual reminder

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Plans are never easy
when contending with the soul.
Success is always worth the price
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An ancient act of forgiveness

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Many great stories have been told and written
which describe people of good moral character.

Some in the face of temptation
and others in the face of anger and death
are tested from the point of heartbreak  to the point of extinction.

If we as believers are called to be forgiving,
surely our actions will appear as defiant to some
because many of today’s “authoritarians”
do not understand the concept of forgiveness.

Can an argument over an interpretation be good cause to end a relationship?

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Back ward mask 003 – lies and truth

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

How bad can it get when someone tells a lie?
That depends on how well versed we are in spotting the truth.

There is a ‘Spectrum of Truth’ that can be universally applied
to all that we think, do and say.

Once we have gone down that slimy, filthy road of lies,
the only way back is to come clean,
and then, of course, to stay clean.

The infinite line from the star light of truth to the abyss of treachery is here: Continue reading

Back ward mask 002 – darkness and light

by Lawrence. J. J. Leonard

Speak this phrase into a recorder and then play it backward for the new message: Continue reading