Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Music (part 2) - All You Need is Love

Valentine Day Tree/wikipedia.com

February 14th is Valentine's Day.

Many celebrate with tokens of love such as cards, candy, flowers, special dinners.... But music is as universal as love. And love has been a popular theme of many songs throughout the ages.

Almost 50 years ago (1967), the Beatles composed, All You Need in Love, as a message of peace and love understood by people of all nations. (songfacts)

In 2009, Starbucks invited musicians from all over the world to sing together at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa. (Read more: here )

Below is their rendition of the Beatles hit as sung in 156 countries.

In the spirit of St. Valentine's Day and love songs, who can express the universal meaning of love better than another saint, St. Paul?

Love is patient, 
love is kind. 
It does not envy, 
it does not boast, 
it is not proud.

 It does not dishonor others, 
it is not self-seeking, 
it is not easily angered, 
it keeps no record of wrongs.

 Love does not delight in evil 
but rejoices with the truth.

 It always protects, 
always trusts, 
always hopes, 
always perseveres.

And now these three remain: 
faith, hope and love. 

But the greatest of these is love.

I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 (NIV)


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