I made it over to the Baldwin Grand yesterday and played a version of the song “Get Together” by Dino Valenti. You may know it. It’s a 60’s tune popularized by the Youngbloods. It has lyrics such as these:
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love on another
Certainly a fitting theme for the present day. To look at social media posts, one would think we’re all intent on doing the exact opposite — and hating one another.
I myself found myself in a PTSD flashback for the first time in several months yesterday. As the details were amplified, I found myself hating an entire social group, to which many of my friends belong. This amounts to nothing more than stigma and prejudice, which I decry. So while it hurts my heart to have found myself entertaining stigmatic perceptions that I abhor, it does evidence the fact that we are all human. We are all — as the song goes — “but a moment’s sunlight fading in the grass.”
Interesting that in this account of the song’s history, those lyrics are referenced as “Zen-like.” Perhaps so, but it’s sad that these are direct allusions to Christian views of the human condition that were widespread back in those days, and associated with what used to be known as “Christian Love.”
As we all know, Christianity these days is less associated in the common populace with love, and more associated with judgment. Maybe the tides need to turn, yet again.
Anyway I have to take care of some personal needs and I’ll have the song uploaded later on this afternoon. Thanks for listening.
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