A musical soundtrack to a spiritual journey

Maybe the best part of Friday night’s Travelin’ Music segment — even better than the music itself — is the insight it has offered into nonpolitical aspects of many of those who post here regularly. It has served as a necessary reminder that humanity transcends politics, no matter how fervently that political opinion might be expressed.

Take, for example, tonight’s guest posting from that lover of all things platinum and black, our provocateur du droit and skeptic by way of Harvey Mudd, Le Bruno:

“Part of being human means experiencing hunger. Every day, we hunger for food, which we can easily alleviate with a nice meal. Spiritual hunger is a little more complex and not so easily satisfied. Though many seem to find spiritual comfort in traditional organized religions, that has never been the case for me. While most promote faith, I advocate skepticism. While others seek certainty, I embrace uncertainty.

The closest I come to spiritual peace is while listening to music. Certain artists and albums seem to take me to a higher plane, where it all makes sense — at least for a while. At the top of that list is Santana, whose 1972 effort, Caravanserai, remains near and dear to me and many others. The album was a sharp departure from his earlier work and marked the end of Neil Schon’s and Gregg Rolie’s time with the band. Though it wasn’t a huge commercial success, it was an artistic achievement of major proportions.

While every song is fantastic, from “Song of the Wind” to “All the Love of the Universe” to “Every Step of the Way,” I have selected “Waves Within” as my special song to represent my never-ending spiritual journey.”

– Jay Bookman

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stands for decibels

June 22nd, 2012
3:53 pm

ooh. deep, man.

hiram

June 22nd, 2012
3:54 pm

It’s all relative…

stands for decibels

June 22nd, 2012
3:57 pm

Mahavishnuistic.

stands for decibels

June 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

Anyway, here’s one I’ve always considered spiritual, from a little more recently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjj3ornZ3tI

gotta head “out of the blackness, into the great big sky,” myself.

Be good, y’all.

Peter

June 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

Santa what a great show !

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

Bruno

Great pick. Carlos is a special artist……… No doubt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACdwCIld3kE&feature=related

martin the calvinist

June 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

good one Jay! never heard it before, that was good!

here’s mine, a journey on a blue raft…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L7-blg2ctg

josef

June 22nd, 2012
4:04 pm

BRUNO

Back atcha in the same vein, mine…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgkk0Hdwmo8

ByteMe - Political thug

June 22nd, 2012
4:04 pm

It just sound spiritual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psUS20Zy91o

:)

Duelin’ sitars?

Ol' Timer

June 22nd, 2012
4:05 pm

I’m waiting for a little Sinatra. And, I’ll probably be waiting a long time. He’s not nearly as intellectual. . . but then, neither am I.

hiram

June 22nd, 2012
4:06 pm

DevilDogOz

June 22nd, 2012
4:06 pm

Wow, I am really starting to enjoy Jay the music lover… he’s so much more palatable than Jay the bedwetter!

martin the calvinist

June 22nd, 2012
4:07 pm

here’s another one, just a tad heavier……sometimes I feel pulled under….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKhfkfnbAMQ

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
4:08 pm

That adults who are more or less mature can actually believe in such concepts as “spiritual” and “holy” is totally beyond me.

They are the adult equivilant of children who believe in Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

ByteMe - Political thug

June 22nd, 2012
4:10 pm

I’m waiting for a little Sinatra

here’s two little Sinatras: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqWZoL_luxo

Thank me later :)

Soothsayer

June 22nd, 2012
4:10 pm

On one of the coldest days last winter, I went outside and filled a mason jar with cold air. I’ve been keeping it in the freezer so that I could open it on a really hot day. Today, I opened it. It’s so much cooler in here now!

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:11 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od9FkRvvnrg

carlos: downstairs my friend

If you are not inclined to enjoy the tunes each Friday, is it so bad that others would like to do so, regardless of your thoughts on the issue?

martin the calvinist

June 22nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Carlosgvv, dude, in the nicest sense possible, lighten up a little…….

ByteMe - Political thug

June 22nd, 2012
4:12 pm

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:13 pm

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
4:14 pm

Rock on, brothers Jay and Bruno.

Woodstock and especially the awesome Abraxas really changed things for me. Up until then, I had no real idea that people other than Yanks and blokes were playing rock music.

And watching Carlos have the guts to come forward about the demons that haunted him from his childhood and use that to create those two spectacular records late in his career was just another glorious chapter in his life’s story.

But the kicker for me may have watching him accept the Beacon of Change Award during the MLB Civil Rights Game at Turner Field and speaking out about injustice in front of all those people last year. It just cemented his hero status for me…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_vJBz2_LtE

Native Atlantan

June 22nd, 2012
4:14 pm

Ahhhhh….josef, one of my all time favorites…..

larry

June 22nd, 2012
4:15 pm

As i have said before , this is the only Rush I’ll listen too……..

New Rush at that……..:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bkt51J7VNo&feature=related

Williebkind

June 22nd, 2012
4:15 pm

Have a great weekend y’all!

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

Carlos: Do try and have a good weekend. Relax and enjoy the world a little. Yes it can be cruel and harsh at times, but there are lot of great things about this world and many of the people in it. It beats the alternative…….. Peace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqBsqlqZuto&feature=related

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
4:20 pm

They

First you say my posts somehow interfere with your enjoying the music links shown here.

Then you tell me our world contains both god and bad.

I’m trying to understand just WHAT this has to do with my observations.

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:21 pm

larry: back at you

Old Rush

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/finding+my+way_20120056.html

I haven’t checked out the new stuff

josef

June 22nd, 2012
4:22 pm

And, right on time, there’s the ever miserable Carlos…left you a note downstairs…get help, Mec! In the meantime… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBIaZ9aTWco

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:23 pm

carlos

Just relax a little. This Friday “turd in the punch bowl” act is for what?

Peace

josef

June 22nd, 2012
4:24 pm

Byte me…sitars! Fantastic

Hiram…great one on “”The Weight!”

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:29 pm

josef

June 22nd, 2012
4:34 pm

BOTH
@ 4:11

One of my “happy” songs… love it…

Matti

June 22nd, 2012
4:34 pm

Nice choice, Mr. Bookman!

Bruno,

Nice essay and song. Santana certainly translates the passions of the soul into sound worth recording and listening to, again and again.

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

they – 4:23

This is not an “act”. Do you really think life will just go away because it’s Friday? If so, I can only wonder how you’ve made it this far.

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
4:40 pm

One of the first times that I ever heard a conguero…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AugqAF2mUqA

Bruno

June 22nd, 2012
4:41 pm

Wow. Thanks for the honor, Jay. I hereby (temporarily) take back all the mean things I have said about you. Still working, so catch you guys later.

P.S. to the gang–We have to pass the measly 102 postings Redneck Convert attracted last week, so keep up the good work with the cool songs. ;-)

Bruno

June 22nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Nice essay and song. Santana certainly translates the passions of the soul into sound worth recording and listening to, again and again.

Awww, shucks, Matti. Your compliment means more to me than Jay’s.

See you guys in a little while.

Peadawg

June 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

Aaaaaaaahh yes anything Santana is a great choice. I can listen to his guitar all day long.

josef

June 22nd, 2012
4:47 pm

BRUNO

You already know what I think… :-)

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:48 pm

carlos: damn, just damn I say

At 42 I do ok for myself. Have a great family, some great friends, an intelligent and hot gf who loves me as well as numerous personal and professional acquaintances.

I have given you all the attention you deserve today and hence forth.

You are where you are at, because you chose to be. Many have chosen not to wallow in misery regardless of the situations they have faced in life

Wish you the best. And I do mean that

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
4:48 pm

That live, updated version of Samba Pa Ti was wonderful.

But the original one has always hit me right where it counts – in the heart…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXon4KB2cvQ&feature=related

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:51 pm

josef

June 22nd, 2012
4:54 pm

CARLOS

“This is not an “act”. Do you really think life will just go away because it’s Friday? If so, I can only wonder how you’ve made it this far.”

Okay, I’ll take your word for it. (The rest of y’all forgive me here, but I do hear a cry for help here…)

Yes, I do think it will go away for a fleeting moment in time and that IS how I’ve made it this far. You don’t have to feel guilty if you have some pleasure. G-d’s not gonna get you, Bro, I promise…and neither is the Boogie Man…

Now, we can take this up later in another place at another time…meanwhile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_g3kkGH8Mo

(and Bruno, you’re right, but a show tune is in order…no muppets for Carlos yet! :-) )

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
4:58 pm

josef @ 4:54

Thanks for post. I wasn’t able to express it has thoughtfully as you did

Thanks again

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:00 pm

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
5:03 pm

With all of the love for the “contributors” over the last few weeks, I may just have to break down and offer something for the maestro’s approval one of these days!

And though I’m gonna run through some more monster Santana for awhile, today is the birthday of my musical muse, so be prepared for a boatload of righteous music from him later!

From the fantastic Inner Secrets LP…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTGuTkbY7As

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:05 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

June 22nd, 2012
5:06 pm

Well, I don’t mean to pull a Carlos here, but if that’s the kind of music that gives Bruno peace, all I got to say is, it’s no wonder the boy is so screwed up and cranky. At first I thought it was a bunch of people tuning up to play.

Anyhow, I finished my check-in and now I’m fixing to go to Billy Bob’s. But before I do I thought I’d leave you all with some music that will be spiritual to everybody, even if you’re a atheist or if you just think there might could be somebody in charge of everything but you’re not sure. And don’t worry, old Conway already has them tuned up good and you won’t need to listen to a bunch of drum sounds or some strings whining. Have a good weekend everybody and enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHUmda0-wUQ

josef

June 22nd, 2012
5:09 pm

BRUNO

How could I not possibly put this one up for y’all…you lucky devil, you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaKnRUfh_5I

ld

June 22nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Redneck Convert (5:06pm) is right: Conway knows how to sing — even to the “soul” of a non-believer. His “The Rose” is also a favorite of mine.

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:13 pm

josef

I avoided that one, but glad you played it

;-)

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:15 pm

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
5:16 pm

The first time I saw Carlos Santana was in 1974 with the Mahavishnu Orchestra…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DDwvSTrpj0&feature=related

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:18 pm

Matti

June 22nd, 2012
5:19 pm

carlosgvv,

I hear ya, man. I do! But Jenny has some advice for how to deal with Fridays:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGICoNYu2zQ

skipper

June 22nd, 2012
5:20 pm

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
5:23 pm

In my lousy Spanish:

Hear how it goes
My rhythm
It feels good to me
Mulatta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NsJ84YV1oA&feature=related

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:23 pm

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:29 pm

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
5:29 pm

Well, I learned something this evening. Never, occurred to me most of the selections posted thus far would be considered spiritual or engender such feelings in listeners. So my horizon’s been broadened. Thanks, all.

So in the spirit of modern music, this is one I go to (Bruno, I trust you’ll appreciate the visuals of all those atoms and molecules and quarks and such aggregating as they do)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiFTXckh0zU

oh, and carlos? from my perspective you’re every bit as dogmatic as the most fervent fundamentalist of any faith. You are the yin to their yang. Just as you cannot understand those who accept there is more than what we can perceive with our five senses, some of us are amazed others would be so willingly limited. But if it works for you, that’s fine.

But the constant condescension gets old.

So chill to the music.

ld

June 22nd, 2012
5:32 pm

Terry Jack “Seasons in the Sun”
Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle”
Johnny Mathis: “Elusive Butterfly of Love”

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:34 pm

Paul

I’m agnostic and it gets old, so I could just imagine

:-)

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:35 pm

godless heathen

June 22nd, 2012
5:36 pm

Good choice Bruno. Saw Carlos at the 96 Olympics.

This is spiritual. Let’s Party!

http://youtu.be/p1tCiq8bZ74

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:39 pm

Bruno

June 22nd, 2012
5:46 pm

For PB who is beautiful both inside and out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b2vX4kUkFM

josef

June 22nd, 2012
5:48 pm

MATTI

Great choice…

HEATHEN…
That show is about the funniest movie and tv series I’ve ever seen…I just wish they could’ve kept it going… :-)

Bruno

June 22nd, 2012
5:49 pm

Hear how it goes
My rhythm
It feels good to me
Mulatta

Jam–Read an interpretation of those lyrics once in which it was theorized that “Mulatto” referred to the fusion of rock and jazz. Sounds good to me.

Thanks for all the great selections so far, guys.

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:52 pm

Bruno

June 22nd, 2012
5:53 pm

TBS @ 5:35–I believe Joe B is coming to Columbus this November.

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
5:53 pm

BOTH suck

I’m the type that, tell me your thoughts on a subject like that once. I get the concept and understand the viewpoint. Unless there’s further questions to ask and answer to foster understanding, that’s all that’s necessary. But to continue on in such a ‘I’m right and you’re stupid…” I just feel sorry for that attitude.

Anyhow, here’s another more modern piece I like – the music and the feelings. I’m thinking of having it played at my funeral. Heck, I’ve thought about having Strauss waltzes played, too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTle8P9eGOw

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:56 pm

Bruno

Really? I will have to check into it. Great show, home town……….. might be a party

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
5:56 pm

Paul – 5:29

Why would I accept there is more than we can perceive with our five senses? Our five senses are all we have to perceive with in the first place. I am amazed you can so easily slide into superstition and throw all your 21st century learning out the window.

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:56 pm

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Bruno

He damn sure is. 11/30 and it is a Friday night. I’m going to have to look into that. He is phenomenal.

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
5:59 pm

carlos

I’m not in the mood for an argument. I’ve listened to your points, I’ve made mine. You’ve added nothing new.

I never thought those comfortable with their beliefs need to try so hard to convince others how right they are.

There’s music to listen to.

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Matti- 5:19

You’re the only one here who seems to have both feet on the ground. I admit there’s wisdom in those words. I must admit some of that wisdom eluces me at present. The best I can do is try to just take one day at the time. It’s easier said than done.

G Mare 71(PLEASE VOTE NO ON TSPLOST)

June 22nd, 2012
6:00 pm

Josef, THANK YOU for the Neil Diamond!

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
6:01 pm

BOTH suck

When I was a kid I walked into my dad’s office and saw Janis Joplin and Jim Croce cassettes. I was shocked and asked dad whose are they and he just smiled and said “oh, I like to listen to them.”

Every generation thinks it owns the ‘good’ music, eh?

pogo

June 22nd, 2012
6:06 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDkCiUhHCc&feature=related

A tribute to Obama’s new LBRB member, Richard Griffin. Obama is as corrupt as they get. And Griffin is going to continue to be paid by his Union while serving the US citizens. Think he will be impartial?

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
6:06 pm

Paul @ 6:01

You know it, but at 42 for my taste, I am big into the 60s and 70s whether it is Rock, R&B, Country, jazz………. Of course I love other eras as well as other types of music.

Check out the Black Country Communion videos I put up. Out of today’s bands that is my fav Rock band. The guitarist Joe Bonamassa also has his own band outside of BCC. He is one great guitarist.

I’ve played posted this one before

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRxqYoZiYPU

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
6:07 pm

Paul,

A spectacular soundtrack from a spectacular film…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHvKviaeulg

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
6:07 pm

pogo

Downstairs with the turds: just tunes man, just tunes

It is going to be ok

JamVet

June 22nd, 2012
6:09 pm

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
6:10 pm

What a tribute to ZZ Top….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8rfPR2og0&feature=related

Everyone have a great and safe weekend…….

I’m out

Peace

josef

June 22nd, 2012
6:11 pm

CARLOS

You want your misery? Hey, Orff’s got your misery!

(PB just a guess, but I’m dedicating this one to Carlos from you,,,if that’s all right! Raining on your man’s parade in any such a fashion!) :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD3VsesSBsw&feature=related

pogo

June 22nd, 2012
6:13 pm

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gay-activists-visiting-white-house-take-photos-of-themselves-flipping-off-reagan-portrait/

Classy! This type behaviour shouldn’t be acceptable to any group when they are in our the people of this nations Whitehouse. I understand that the actions of a few don’t represent the many but man, this looks bad. And it is getting viral now. What in the hell were they thinking?

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
6:14 pm

BOTH suck

I enjoyed that the first time you posted it. The talent of those guys is amazing. Then again, they’ve worked at it for many years.

JamVet

I can honestly say that’s one film I remembered the music long after I’d forgotten much of the story. But you just reminded me where I’d seen President Roslin from Battlestar Galactica, who also played the president’s wife on Independence Day the first time.

I’ll have to make a copy of that to pop in the player when I’m rolling across South Dakota and Wyoming in a few weeks.

godless heathen

June 22nd, 2012
6:14 pm

We had some religious discussions this week, but this wasn’t resolved.

http://youtu.be/tmvjk5Lnmf0

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
6:16 pm

josef

There you go with that Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse music!

godless heathen

June 22nd, 2012
6:18 pm

Both: Never heard of that artist in your 6:10, but that’s a great rendition. Thanks!

They BOTH suck

June 22nd, 2012
6:20 pm

godless

Joe Bonamassa

Check him out on youtube

He can flat out play

later

josef

June 22nd, 2012
6:21 pm

ZamVet

How many times have you seen Dances with Salmon?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwcJaUaVfR0

G Mare 71(PLEASE VOTE NO ON TSPLOST)

June 22nd, 2012
6:23 pm

Josef@4:22, that is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen!

josef

June 22nd, 2012
6:24 pm

POGO

I left that downstairs, you can, too…

Matti

June 22nd, 2012
6:27 pm

carlosgvv,

Thank you so much! That’s very kind of you to say. I like that some eyes are rolling right now on your assertion. Haha! Look, I don’t know what I believe anymore. I’ve resigned myself to the limitations of human comprehension, and accept that there is much I cannot know. Nobody really knows.

That being said, I never try to tear down somebody’s faith because (like hope) that might be ALL they have left! Do you really want to take away the LAST thread with which a person is hanging on? We never know what troubles lurk behind a mask. I know I was a happier person when I believed that some great sky father was looking out for me, cared about my sorrows, and would deliver light… eventually…. through the darkness. I should send a Thanks-a-Heap note to those who so voraciously convinced me that… nobody’s listening, and nobody cares.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auTwQcuYzdk

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
6:28 pm

Paul – 5:59

Seems you’re trying rather hard to convince me how wrong my beliefs are.

Paul

June 22nd, 2012
6:29 pm

josef

From the Four Horsemen to the Dancin’ Salmon? I like the connection. What’s the source of your inspiration tonight, Enlightened One? Me, I’m betting it’s paisano! But not yet past the halfway mark!

;-)

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2012
6:31 pm

Matti – 6:27

You’re speaking volumes of wisdom. I agree with most of what you say.

I don’t worry about tearing down faith here as those who truly live by blind faith cannot be reached.