Music Helps Us Connect

Music nurtures the spiritual life of children.  It helps us all connect.

If you have a desire to intentionally nurture the spirituality of the children in your life, then read on.

The spiritual lives of children are rich – just watch the way a child can hold your gaze without blinking as if to take in (through their complete vulnerability) that which is needed to connect.  The music we play on Common Good Radio is lifted specifically to children and those who love them to engage connection and nurture the spiritual life of goodness; this goodness includes hope, love, joy, kindness and that which serves beyond one’s own comfort and needs.  Music helps us connect.

Music on www.commongoodradio.org is intended to help adults show children that not only in your own household do people care about the good in life – all the artists who sing and play to make the music we play and sing with them are part of a world of caring and compassion.  The stories and songs, through music and lyric, tell about our living in this world together.  George Benson and Pauline Wilson sing about friendship through the song, “A Friend for all Seasons” where in” winter, spring, summer, fall - I want to spend them all with you.”  This is important in the days of “defriending” on Facebook as part of a cultural language the children learn easily and quickly.  If you want to talk about what friendship is all about - then the discussion of what friends are in a digital environment and real life suddenly matters.  It is that simple for us at Common Good Radio. We support your family life conversations and connections - about friendship, family, and the spiritual connective tissue between us in the human family (and all creation) for the common good.

Some of the music we play will never make a Top 40 Billboard mark; this does not make the passion of the artists less meaningful, nor their craft less important.  It only means they will sell fewer CD’s and perform in smaller venues.  And you get to hear that which is written and produced well, listened to by me before it goes on the web stream for appropriateness and purpose and that is fits within our guidelines of speaking to hope, love, compassion and somehow serves the conversation of the common good.

We offer music that will nurture the spiritual life of your children.  We hope you like it very much.  Please consider prayers and donating all you can to keep this mission of love alive on the web, and share our link with all your friends – FB and otherwise.

Blessings for the common good,
Pastor Robin

Posted at 5:56pm, on June 25th 2014 by Robin Blair

Music and Love

I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. And so with unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself. Again, I will build you up, and you will be rebuilt, virgin Israel. 
Again, you will play your tambourines and dance with joy.

Jeremiah 31:2-4

This scripture from the prophet, Jeremiah, speaks to celebrating love with music and dance.  How wonderful that music holds this designation in the charter document of our faith (for those who partake of the Abrahamic traditions).

If you listen to the music on Common Good Radio, you will notice the absence of music that supports violence, sexual behavior, or gendered and stereotypical roles for girls and boys.  We aim to support music and story that speak to that which is good in some way – for the common good.  You will hear music that supports, home, family, love, kindness, joy, peace, hope – feelings, spiritual connections, play, problem solving – and other notions that support a faith centered, compassionate life-style.

As an example – I was just listening to Tom Chapin and some of his songs – I sang a concert in St. Paul, MN, with Tom in the Radio AAhs days – he is a nice fellow and talented musician.  He is a father, knows about family life and writes songs that speak to his experience. In his musical, gentle, folk and acoustic style songs, sing-able melodies tell stories.  I like the sounds of Vanessa Williams singing with Tom on Home is the Welcoming Sound, affirming that even if a parent travels for a living (like many a musician must do) coming home to family is the best there is for love lives there.  Family life full of love that renews us.

What about music and message in a song that greets a family with love is not what you want you kids to hear?  Doesn’t this sort of music help tell the story of your faith and family life? 

That is our hope on Common Good Radio.  “Play your tambourines and dance with joy!”  Thanks for listening.
Pastor Robin

Posted at 1:58pm, on June 20th 2014 by Robin Blair

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