Friday, December 27, 2019

Friday Music: Om

I had a different song in mind to post for today, but Ram Dass's death inspired me to post this. I first heard this song by the Moody Blues in 1968 when I was 16. Oh that sound... OM ... it really called to my heart. Then in 1971 I found Ram Dass's book Be Here Now, and that was something I would pick up and read many times over the years. How lucky I felt to have found it when I was 19 and confused about everything. Yes, Be Here Now. It's still true. How well Ram Dass knew. So, in memory of Ram Dass I post this.

The rain is on the roof
Hurry high butterfly
As clouds roll past my head
I know why the skys all cry
Om, om, heaven, om

The earth turns slowly round
Far away the distant sound
Is with us everyday
Can you hear what it say
Om, om, heaven, om

The rain is on the roof
Hurry high butterfly
As clouds roll past my head
I know why the skys all cry
Om, om, heaven, om

A few years ago I actually photoshopped the cover of Be Here Now, which I changed to Be There Now. I've never posted it anywhere, but I thought it would be good to share what I think the world looks like now.

18 comments:

  1. The Moody Blues were ahead of their time also.

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    1. Dave-- Yes, they were! So good to hear from you.

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  2. I am a really late bloomer. I love this and I intend to pick up the book. Happy Friday!

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    1. Linda-- I hope you find it enlightening and helpful.

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  3. I also found "Be Here Now" around the same time (though a bit further along in my own years) and fell into Love of Ram Dass. His work on love and aging and dying was and is so strong and inspiring. We were so fortunate to have him as a gift in our lives. Moody Blues too!

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    1. Barbara- I love that you also are a fan of Ram Dass. He had quite a presence in our lives for almost a half century.

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  4. We have been reading in our well worn copy of Be Here Now all through Xmas. Thanks for the song to go along with it.

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    1. Sabine-- I have been thinking about taking a look at our old copy as well. It's been a long time.

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  5. Brilliant - Loved The Holiday Photo Of Yours - Fantastic Copy Of Your Radio Show - Have A Fantastic Weekend

    Keep Thinking Snow,
    Cheers

    P.S. You Would Simply Enjoy My Latest Radio Show

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    1. The Padre-- Glad you liked the holiday photo and the radio show. Thank you and I hope you get more snow!

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  6. Wonderful song! And I love your photoshopped version of Be Here Now. So spot on.

    I, too, found that book, although probably in 1974 when I was 16. It spoke to be in many ways and validated some of the experiences I was having. We were so lucky that he ditched the conventional life he was supposed to lead and headed out to India.

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    1. Tara-- I'm glad you liked the song and my photoshopped copy of the cover. Oy, the world has really changed. Our lives were enriched by the paths Ram Dass took. Forever grateful.

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  7. Not familiar with him I Googled him and loves some of the quotes. Will see if I can find the book. Thanks.

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    1. Patti-- He was quite a presence. I hope you find his book.

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  8. You've brought back this aspect of 1971 so clearly. I remember sitting in a room somewhere with friends that year, looking through Be Here Now for the first time and talking about it. That was a rough year in so many ways. I was listening to Bob Dylan and Santana as well as George Harrison's All Things Must Pass triple album. I remember that song by the Moody Blues as if it were yesterday, although I haven't thought about that song for years. I like when you photoshop (-:

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    1. am-- I think we were lucky to have come of age when we did. It was an era marked by raising consciousness, raising fists, and music. These days the era is marked by a little device in our hands that both connects us to and disconnects us from the world. Interesting times.

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  9. Interesting to hear the Moody Blues after all this time. Their music always sounded a bit "sanitised" to me, but then I always was a rough'n'ready folkie. Luckily Ram Dass was also a big influence on the Incredible String Band who meant much more to me at the time. Your photoshopping has reminded me that I must get my phone out of the rucksack pocket and see if it's still charged - I only use it for emergencies and fortunately there haven't been many of those lately!

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    1. John-- I know what you mean about "sanitised." They were definitely not folkies, but they had some lovely lyrical songs. We use our iPhone to play our music lists. In fact it's playing something as I type this.

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