Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"We All Did It"

"We All Did It" Posted on Jul 14, 2010 at 06:37 PMJuly 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm


ATTENTION!  Mar 10, 2013:  Just posted a new multi track version of this w/live guitars & vocals! 

http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/183963759


http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/13648597 for a Noteworthy midi version w/no vocals.

Here is a NEW song. Well, I got the idea for it years ago, but I had never finished it. Back about the early 1980's when I was living in Holliston, I heard a bird sing exactly like this and it stuck in my head. It had a plaintive sound; the words "we all did it" seemed to fit the notes. I had a basic idea that this could be the basis of a song about the fact that we can't blame 'the Jews' or any other person or group because it was the sins of all mankind that 'killed' Jesus in reality. His immense mercy makes the whole point moot anyway because EVERYONE is 'paid for' ("redemption" is the theological term for this). We shouldn't waste our time; our job is to love not to 'judge' at least not in that sense.

Fast forward to 2010. Mark Lajoie is looking around on NoteWorthy Composer among the "Sound Effects" and what did he see but "Bird Sounds". Hmmmmmmmmmmmm…. That reminded me of something…AHAH! The song with the BIRDS! It was time to write the song.

The pieces of the song were already composed except for the bridge part. It was a matter of coming up with lyrics, melodies and harmonies and sewing it all together like a garment. A key new idea was the Lord's comment about the sparrows of the air and how they are arrayed so beautifully. (I actually melded his saying about the lilies of the field with the one about the sparrows.)The whole direction of the comment has to do with our attitudes of trust and praise as opposed to comparing ourselves with others and worrying about things. This involved birds AND fit perfectly with the theme. That helped bring everything together.

Mother Teresa never asked anyone what category or group they were in or what they had done. I'm not denigrating orthodoxy; I actually do think it's extremely important, but it's not what is the ultimate measure of a person in the end. In his Parable of the Last Judgment the Lord made love of neighbor that measure.

I hope you like it.

Mark L