…. in the Spiritual Life of a Secular Westerner
An impersonal and personal choice of spiritually uplifting videos of classical and other music, and works of art. Contemplating art moves the consciousness to the plane on which it was created.
Many hours have been spent on Youtube and other sites in finding just that exactly uplifting performance of a piece of classical music, an artistic reproduction, even a cover of a BeeGee’s song.
My criteria for inclusion and exclusion are eclectic: some criteria will be explained in this article by Roberto Assagioli.
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Louis Armstrong’s antidote to a racially conflicted America. Written by Bob Theile and George David Weiss, and released in 1967.
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The official video from Survivor, 1982.
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A particularly uplifting performance of this Vangelis masterpiece.
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, with the London Symphony Orchestra, and guest, and some extra commentary and sneezing by the commentators!
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“La Bamba” is indefinable in English, being a play on words in Spanish. Originating some 300 years ago in Mexico, it was given its current incarnation by Ritchie Valens in 1958.
This version by Los Lobos in 1989 is a better reproduction.
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A star-studded cast hiding behind the animation here, from the film Shrek. It seems impossible to sing this without energy. La Vida Loca, composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa and released by Ricky Martin in 1999, is Spanish for “The Crazy Life” and hopefully we are living it skilfully.
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The original version by Ricky Martin is worth a listen for energy and quality.
Two of the world’s most amazing voices and a fabulous song.
The song was written by composer Francesco Sartori and lyricist Lucio Quarantotto in 1999.
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Excellent advice from M-People. The song was written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and released in 1994
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The title means “There for me” composed by Angelo La Bionda, Carmelo La Bionda and Charly Ricanek in 1978.
There are many excellent versions of this song, but Aerist had just familiarised himself with the story of Paul Potts and liked this one.
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The music is by Yosef Hadar and the lyrics are by Moshe Dor. It was first recorded in 1957, and rapidly became a folk classic.
This version is by the Messiah College Concert Choir, from their album “True Light” and was arranged by arr. Jack Klebanow
The Red Army. The choir was formed as an antidote to depression, which sounds good to me.
After being introduced to this, I spent some time looking through the videos on their youtube channel. I found their joie-de-vive – whatever that is in Russian – infectious.