EPISODE 145: Soul Coaxing

1290767301_beatles3_300This is about the music. For it’s the music that makes me want to speak.

The other night, right in the middle of sleep — no kidding — said a “voice from above” (Joe Meek via John Leyton): “You have got to talk about ‘Soul Coaxing’”. So I did.

The music, which was actually once the soundtrack of our lives — the real soundtrack, not The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, who, great as they were, were not what most people were actually hearing at the time — is beyond good. “Soul Coaxing” is a little like “Baby, I’m Amazed”: once you hear it just once, you have to listen to it again. As a matter of fact, you’re doomed, because songs like “Soul Coaxing” and “Baby, I’m Amazed” stay in your head forever. They pop some vessel up there, and you can never be the same.

Anyway, this podcast concerns “Soul Coaxing”. A few reflections follow, on the World (the Flesh and the Devil), and the quality of what’s important in a person’s life, and not important. But please, listen to “Soul Coaxing”. That’s what matters.

EPISODE 146: Sermon for the Feast Day of Hey Jude

The Proper for the Feast Day of Hey Jude is Paul Mauriat’s version of “Hey Jude”. It is the basis of a short sermon. The sermon concerns the process of breakdown, personal human breakdown; and the actuality of re-grouping, or, better, re-building. (Like the end of “The Iron Giant”.)

We also get to hear another (musical) breakdown, of a famous Christian single. What exactly are the French back-up singers singing? I know what they’re supposed to be singing, but here it sounds vague. The word “Jesus” is in it, though.

I never thought they were right when they used to teach seminarians that every sermon should have three points. Main non! How about one point, or two points that add up to one. Keep it very simple. Keep it also fun, keep it musical; and your illustrations will make or break it. Or better, your illustrations will determine whether anybody remembers a single thing you’ve said.