Light: Poetry and Playlist

scratch my back cover imageOn Saturday, we focused on light (both light/heavy and light/dark).  We danced to lots of cover songs as well as songs that had some sort of light play to them.  In particular, several people asked me about the last song, Peter Gabriel’s cover of The Boy in the Bubble, which is a miracle and wonder.

Wonderwall – 4:09 – Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)

The Obvious Child      – 4:10 – Paul Simon

Love The One You’re With – 5:03 – Luther Vandross (Crosby Stills & Nash cover)

Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – 2:41 – Devo (Rolling Stones cover)

More Than This – 4:07 – 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)

Sometimes – 5:14 – Kaskade

Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) – 6:23 – Afterlife

Knock On Wood – 4:13 – Safri Duo

Da Ya Think I’m Sexy – 4:22 – N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)

Sweet Child o’ Mine – 3:56 – Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)

Skyfall – 4:47 – Adele

The Boy In The Bubble – 4:30 – Peter Gabriel (Paul Simon cover)

The poem I read at the end of class is one I have posted right over my desk where I can see it every day.

The Buddha’s Last Instruction

“Make of yourself a light,”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal – a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.
An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.
The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.
No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.
And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire –
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.
He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

~ Mary Oliver ~

If you have any questions at all about music or readings or anything else, I’m happy to share.  Just let me know!

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