Such sad news breaking today – Swedish DJ and musician, Avicii (Tim Bergling) has died. His music was unique and had an existentialist flavour to it; he dealt with themes of meaning in work/life, relationships and self-worth. ‘Levels’, released in 2013, was a good example of this. In the video you see a reference to … More Avicii And The Myth Of Sisyphus
I love this virtual movie of the Scottish Psychiatrist and Poet R. D. Laing (1927 – 1989). Here, he’s reciting one of his best poems – “I’ve Seen Better Days” – against a musical backdrop that was part of his one-and-only ‘poetry to music’ album. Here are the first four stanzas: I’ve seen better days … More Animated Poetry from R.D. Laing
Life before Death is the result of a collaboration during 1977 and 1978 between the pioneering, and controversial Scottish psychiatrist and psychoanalyst R. D. Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989), and the composers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. It takes the form of a series of sonnets and other poems written and performed by … More A Psychiatrist……and a Poet?
One of my favourite verses from the book of Psalms – ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork‘ is the basis for a meditation I’ve put together and posted on youtube. The musical accompaniment is provided by the monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Thomas Merton’s home for … More Meditation: ‘The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God’
Dominus Spiritus est (Lord & Giver of Life) is my favourite Taize chant – it’s so calming, so I’ve uploaded it (courtesy of youtube) for others to enjoy. But before you listen to it, meditate on these words from Carmina Gaedelica: God to enfold me, God to surround me, God in my speaking, God in … More Meditation from Taize
I came across this short vocational video on traditional monastic life, produced by religious-vocation.com some time ago. The chant is absolutely amazing; I listen to it as a prelude to contemplative prayer – it is wonderfully calming. The audio is from the Monastic Choir of the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault, recording “Saint Benedict”, … More Gregorian Chant for Meditation
As a youngster growing up in Scotland in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s I winced when I heard Tom Jones songs on the radio! Classics such as What’s New Pussycat? left me emotionally traumatised and vaguely suspicious of Welsh men who wear tight trousers! But……and I never imagined I would say this…….Jones’ latest album, Praise & … More Tom Jones Teaches Christian Ethics…..!?