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Sonnet Thoughts

Consider this iconoclastic view of the Elizabethan sonnet by American poet Billy Collins.

Sonnet: A Poem By Billy Collins

While we are at it, consider also this helpful links page:

http://www.bigsnap.com/linklibrary.html

Let me introduce a sonnet that may illustrate why I advocate use of the form, or more accurately why I am personally committed to the form.

A look at the sonnet below will immediately reveal that my commitment is not to emulate the Bard, if that could be done,

It’s a bit of a stretch to say that I
Am hardly attuned to our world of gore
But then to go and assume that, thereby
I’m admirable stretches even more
I’m as complicit as those with no qualms
About loving a smackdown or fighting
My sparse good deeds and penurious alms
Make few dents in the wrongs I’d be righting
What of the wars in which someone must serve
I’ve avoided them all without thinking
Sure I’m opposed, but I don’t have the nerve
The mere thought of assault leaves me blinking.
Falstaff lay down on the field and played dead
I play my war games inside of my head.

Iambic pentameter — well, the ten syllables, yes, mainly, but not always with the stress on every other one of them.

My rationalization for this is that this is the 2000’s and a poem should be able to be colloquial.

The first line of the second four is perfectly correct but the next has the ten syllables without the requisite alteration of stresses.

Part one deals with the shaky admirability of the person whose morals may seem impeccable. The next part suggests that moral culpability is not easily assessed. And the next gets down to the nitty gritty: Some serve, others do not.

I feel the last two lines do a reasonable job of achieving the distance that is the theme and admission of this sonnet poem.

Falstaff, that grand scourge of the soldier’s honor, whose cowardice is redolent of at least some implications of a gospel ethic, must play dead to achieve his survival aims. Nowadays, with the relative ease of avoiding direct service in war, what has the opponent of war to say?

If that opponent is me, he has to say that he not only happily avoids but that he is aware of the depths of hostility he possesses. Even though it is expressed entirely within.

In the event you are moved to write a sonnet, here is a key resource:

Rhymezone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus

And should you author a sonnet poem, do not be afraid to submit it to the

Rhymezone Forum

where you can “share and critique writings, whether poetry or prose”. An excellent place to get started with a good chance of getting positive feedback without negative brickbats.



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Forget Therapy When Tom Petty Can Do It For Free

Sometimes all you need to regain sanity is a good song. And a cold drink of water.

Forget therapy.

Tom Petty has done it for all of us sensitive males who read about ourselves all the time and never know what to say or do (quite) in sorting out all the stuff.

The other morning I woke up — well, it was between night and day. And I was sufficiently strung out to require at least three hours of my Napster library as a sort of surreal accompaniment to extended, if amorphous, angst.

What struck me, as Napster rang down through A2 and Dylan and Emmylou Harris and various and sundry others, was that none of the things that generally will create a positive twinge did a darned thing.

The music just sat there.

Until I got to the T’s — Napster alphabetizes by first name — just one feature of the verbal anarchy of this odd moment in history.

Up came the Rick Rubin production of Tom Petty’s song “It’s Good To Be King”.

And there I was in the Nevada dawn, finally getting a grip. Finally sensing what was bothering me. This song has to be the most therapeutic thing out there, if you are a warped male who has acceded to the possibility that women are your equals and put away as many of the unresolved feelings inherent in that sea-change in the nether reaches of consciousness.

Letting them fester.

[The song is on the album “Wildflowers”.]

I am not inclined to do the lyric thing. Anyone who can Google will find the lyric with ease. Anyone who can do anything can probably get a copy of the song.

I merely want to say that sometimes, when you are strung out, the cheapest and simplest thing provides the cure.

Once May night in the 60s, I was having an anxiety attack in a suburb of Birmingham called Mountain View, on the way to visit a civil rights lawyer named Charles Morgan, Jr.. The city was burning in the area around the Gaston Motel. And I was angling for a trip to the ER.

We stopped at a little food counter and I went in and did my best Hunter Thompson act to obtain a glass of water and the young thing behind the counter said, cool as could be, “That’ll be TEN CENTS, sir.”

I was instantly cured.

Same thing happened with this nice Tom Petty song, which simply and honestly reflects what most of us males think from time to time. I would be good to have all the power in the world and subjugate everything and generally function in the deleterious manner that has created such happy realities as the prospect of immanent nuclear annihilation.

There I am laughing in bed under the kicked covers as Tom Petty condenses into a few choice ironies four decades of male angst.

I like the fact that Rick Rubin saw fit to let the thing just end with a weird but somehow apposite resolution. A major it turns out.

Tom Petty irony is better than Imus in the Morning.



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CLEAN CARNAGE — For The Record

The following was written September 27, 2001 in my apartment a few miles from Ground Zero.

CLEAN CARNAGE

If Hitler could have run 757s into Auschwitz and Buchenwald, there is little question that he would have done so. His compliant Incineration Brain Trust would have lauded such a “final solution” as a stellar example of clean and efficient carnage.

Instead of unsightly mass graves, inhaling the ashes of the decimated.

I wonder if the minds who are thinking about terrorism are willing to play freely enough to move out of convenient envelopes to perceive the most likely possibility of the future.

Some have compared, I believe correctly, the concentrated and instant destruction of September 11 to an atomic explosion. In seconds, lives and the material envelop in which lives existed simply vanished, incinerated in a cauldron of 2000 degree heat.

Here today. Gone today.

Why dwell upon such grimness? Because we must assume that the minds of those who perpetrated this “clean carnage” may not be thinking about their “next big thing” as a reversion to the terrorism of the past.

They may well intend to continue surprising the world with the ease with which such huge and tragic destruction can be accomplished.

We are in a war of wits. Which means we must face the sudden, inventive, easily-accomplished actions of September 11 and draw, from its elements, our best guesses as to what will be attempted next.

I cannot believe that the perpetrators will scale down their efforts.


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New Rain — The Life of Jesus in Original Music

This is the formal publication of New Rain, a recording that appeared during the 1970s, but which remains a definitive presentation of the life of Jesus in original music by Stephen C. Rose who wrote both the music and lyrics, with the exception of the ballad of Jesus, God’s Outlaw, whose melody was composed by Alice Statz. Alsice also arranged the entire composition.

The performers are Alice Spatz, Stephen C. Rose, Irene Vassos, Lois Rose and Larry Spatz. Some 17 instruments are used.

The recording takes approximately 50 minutes as this online version contains cuts that were too long to include when the original recording was made.

To play simply click the > button on the BYO Audio link below. YOu will need to keep the page open while the music is playing.



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Collected Notes on The Lord’s Prayer

Revised.

When people asked Jesus how to pray, he offered them the simple, enduring words of the Lord’s prayer.

Here is my “translation” of the prayer a song lyric.

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

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Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name

>>>Abba father is Jesus’s familiar address for the one we call God. It denotes a reality vastly different from the God of creeds and theology. This One lives in the realm of heaven which is the place where one can see and hear and understand, precisely as we cannot see and hear and understand here on earth. Unless we begin to forge some links with heaven. (This relates to our fundamental incapacity to arrive at “truth” about anything.)

Let your realm come your will be done
Till earth and heaven are the same

>>>This is what life is all about, our reason for being. If Jesus right, we are here to move closer to heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

>>>We are not alone. Someone is there to give to us. And we have a right to call what is given “our”.

Forgive the wrongs that we have done

>>>But only if and as we can forgive others.

As we forgive those who do wrong

Lead us not into temptation

>>>We are human, after all.

Deliver us from evil Lord

>>>Ultimately we need deliverance. This is the conclusion of the prayer in Mark’s version.

And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

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Abba whose home in heaven is

>>>Abba is within all persons. It is possible to access within the reality of Abba which is love, acceptance, desire for our fulfillment. We are one with the one who forgives as we forgive. Abba is within us.

Hallowed and holy is your name

>>>Our world is laced with violence and profanity to the point that we cannot watch TV without being awash in it. The notion that anything is holy and hallowed is beyond reach of many minds. But just as Abba is within, so too in each set of eyes that reads these words there is the capacity to see holiness and hallowed-ness. We are a spectrum as is everything else.

Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

>>>We who speak peace and reconciliation are deemed naive and foolish or even as authors of evil, for from our utopian visions may spring unintended consequences that are neither peaceful nor reconciling. Nevertheless, heaven is inconceivable unless it is a place of peace and reconciliation. And Jesus wants us to pray always that earth be the same.

Give us this day our daily bread

>>>I hope you will make this little nook on the Web a daily bit of bread for you.

Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong

>>>Consider how easy it is to sit exactly where you are and review all of those you have NOT forgiven. And consider that if Jesus is correct you can never be whole without forgiving, that Abba might welcome you into the fellowship of heaven in the midst of life.

Lead us not into temptation

>>>What about when we have already let temptation sieze us. How do we know? When we know what we are doing is dead wrong.

Deliver us from evil Lord

>>>It is evil to be yielding to temptation and the only way out is to face it and deal with it. Abba is there to help you get out of the bind.

And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Lord’s Prayer Interpretation 5 September 2006

I strongly recommend you visit my Lord’s Prayer Song page. It is a simple composition I recorded with my Radio Shack keyboard using an excellent little Plantronics mike — my effort to replicate pre-digital “field recordings” of the sort that turned me on to music in the first place.

You can do your own version.

Or you can sing harmony to this.

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

COMMENTARY:

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

>>>On certain days, in certain places we can see that earth and heaven are not that far apart. We have only our own experience of heaven on earth to go by. No one has ever seen heaven and reported back. Some visions exist, but they are less relevant than our own experience.

Of love.

Love as the fruit of good will, fellow feeling, magical connectivity, experienced interaction, good friendship, peaceful co-existence. I once had a memorable luncheon with a novelist whose name I will not drop. As we walked along the streets of New York he gestured to all of the people and asked, “Isn’t it amazing?”

“What?”

“They are not tearing each other apart.”

In most areas of the world today, people are not tearing each other apart. And in many areas people are enjoying one another, loving one another, affirming one another.

Not only is heaven on earth evident when people are in right relationship to one another and to Abba, but also there is the matter of earth itself, the vistas that are part of creation, not just Abba’s creation which is unfathomable and inexplicable, but our own, which we understand to some extent.

Heaven relates to quality, as Robert Pirsig implies in Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Heaven relates to honesty as Kate Millett and other sharing authors make manifest in works like Millett’s Flying.

Heaven relates to the conjunction of visions. When I was between college and seminary I had two such visions. One of boats on the ocean coalescing with a star-filled sky so that there was no way to distinguish where the lights ended and the stars began, and one when I was feverish and coming through a cold at the Chapel of the Ognissanti in Florence, when in the midst of a solitary afternoon time in the largely empty sanctuary, a mysterious music rose up and siezed me somehow. In both cases what was impressed upon me at a level too deep ever to reject or deny was/is the ultimate unity of all.

The world wrapped in the penumbra of heaven — yet the world’s people unable always to see, hear or understand.

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Lord’s Prayer Interpretation 6 September 2006

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

I am not superstitious. Superstition pervades religion and, I believe, gives it a bad name. Though, possibly giving a bad name to religion helps clear the decks for a time that will move beyond the intolerance of religions to an acknowledgement that at bottom it is the values we live by and understandings we have that tell.

This is a preface to the uncanny tendency of the Lord’s Prayer or the Abba Prayer to produce results during times of waiting when an outcome is desired. This could mean saying it while waiting for an elevator. In this case, saying it or singing it silently (prayer is not for show) may simply take enough time for the elevator to come.

So any connection between the prayer and a result is purely subjective.

But I tend to use this prayer more and more to fill up spaces and I must confess I do pay some attention to effects and results.

I think praying that claims results is both absurd and not absurd. As with anything there is a spectrum from the manipulative uses of prayer associated with some television religionists to the non-expecting, non-manipulative experience of forms of grace that seem to arise when one is attuned to the prayer.

Let us assume that Jesus was and is the ultimate teacher of how one is to live. Let’s divorce that entirely from religion and creed and center it on some of the undeniable elements of that teaching:

The Beatitudinal way.

The Way of Suspended Judgment (Judge not.)

The Negotiational Way. (Do not go to law. Arrive at an agreement.)

Healing and Feeding as the Main Miracles — replicable by us.

And so forth.

This Teacher is the one who gave us this short, succinct prayer as THE prayer we are to pray. If we prayed nothing else, we would be safely within the bounds of Jesus’ teaching. Since Jesus brings good news of Abba’s nearness and presence, can we not assume that when we speak or sing this prayer in silence or out loud, we place ourselves within the stream of Abba’s grace?

A corollary is that when we are disappointed with the “results”, we fall into deep temptation if we get into convoluted reasoning that relates to how to make the prayer “work” for us.

I leave you with a paradox. It does work. But saying so does not make it so. One can only have one’s own experience and share it for whatever it might be worth.

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Lord’s Prayer Interpretation 7 September 2006

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

FOCUS IS ON “WE” AND “US”

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread

>>>This forever places Jesus on the universal side of things. Ultimately we are individuals only for the purpose of affirming our we-ness, our us-ness.

When I walk the streets and my mood is not overly-self-concerned, I try to look into the faces of those I pass to see Abba there. On a good day I see Abba in every face. Abba transcends all words and though intensely personal and within is also pervasive. Abba is the context of all life. Jesus taught us to pray as us.

Forgive the wrongs that we have done

>>>Here is the second plural reference in the prayer that Jesus taught. We are not even to include just our own wrongs when praying for forgiveness. That is a huge insight. We are to pray corporately as a universal community that inevitably stands in need of forgiveness, of a cutting of slack, of space to start over and so forth.

As we forgive those who do wrong

>>>Here is the third affirmation of we-ness. We is not merely those who do in fact practice Abba’s Way which is the way of forgiveness, of negotiation, of a transcending of violence, cruelty and wrath toward others. It is everyone. Everyone is involved in the need to practice forgiveness and to receive forgiveness. It is the simple reality of trying to live in the world. And it is also a testimony to our complete inability to recognize the ripples and waves that emanate from each person, creating the context for the need for forgiveness and the need to be forgiven. Our interconnection is not merely a matter of positive fact, it is also a matter of negative impact when our conscious and unconscious actions result in enabling chains of reaction that implicate us in the life and death of others we cannot see and will never know.

Lead us not into temptation

>>>Here is the fourth time the first person plural is used in this seminal and ultimately paridigmatic prayer. Not lead me. Lead us. We act so much more than we know with countless people looking over our shoulder, because we are sensitive at all times to who is evaluating us, even when they are far gone, or even strangers we conjure up in our endless personal dialog as we create our days and nights.

Deliver us from evil Lord

>>>A fifth plural. There is no I in this prayer. Does this mean we should not pray this individually? Absolutely not. We SHOULD pray it to ourselves. But we need to be aware that when we do we are affirming our universal commonality with all creatures.

And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

Saturday, October 07, 2006
Lord’s Prayer Interpretation 7 October 2006

Abba whose home in heaven is

>>> Heaven = A Realm Where Relationships are Right, Where We Are Free.

Hallowed and holy is your name

>>> Hallowed means treated with reverence, so too Holy. At some point in life, reverence kicks in. If it is to a lesser reality, like this or that celebrity, or nation, or thought, the lesser the … reality.

Let your realm come your will be done

>>> The mandate for all action toward justice and the establishment of the terms for love to exist in freedom.

Til earth and heaven are the same

>>> The project of existence.

Give us this day our daily bread

>>> All we need to live.

Forgive the wrongs that we have done

>>> We cannot total the wrongs as we are not party to all the effects of our actions and speech.

As we forgive those who do wrong

>>> Nor can we know all who may have wronged us, though we can blanket forgive them, not an easy thing to do for those with thick skins and long memories.

Lead us not into temptation

>>> The more we pray this the more we are likely to identify what constitutes tempatation for us.

Deliver us from evil Lord

>>> Evil is real, like trouble. We need deliverance from it. To the extent the world is oriented to this prayer we are at least alert to the processes and effects of temptation and of the evil that we as persons have a hand in creating, or in not preventing.

And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

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Friday, October 06, 2006
Lord’s Prayer Interpretation 6 October 2006

Abba whose home in heaven is
Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

Pain and Prayer

Abba whose home in heaven is

>>>> For me it is possible to sing this at my little Radio Shack keyboard next to my computer and banish pain, at least temporarily. As now. I have run through the tune of this in several rhythms and tempos several times and now the pain has receded. So closely interwoven are the physical manifestations of pain with largely-unfathomable mental and spiritual states that there is no simple or easy answer to why the recession takes place.

Teeth have been my big issue and I lost two recently and now feel intermittent pain from another. You do not want to know about this. I mention it only because the pain is not there now.

I advocate the use of this prayer as the main and even the only spiritual discipline. It is what Jesus taught. It has everything we need to be saying and thinking in it.

And it begins always with the acknowledgement that there is a parent of the universe, a loving force, a reality beyond and within, that (who) we are to acknowledge as our most intimate friend and companion.

A painless life is impossible. But a life that confronts pain, and all other events, with the Abba prayer, the only one Jesus taught and commended, close at hand is better lived than one which denies the very source of all that is good and right and positive in existence.

Religion is receding. Explicit creedal and conformist religion business has no place in the world that is being born.

Abba front and center.

Hallowed and holy is your name
Let your realm come your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore



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Remembering Al Carmines — A New York City Composer and Writer of Plays and Musicals

This page remembers and celebrates Al Carmines, who died in New York City after a remarkable career as a minister who was also a musical and theatrical genius.
Al Carmines became my good friend when we were students together at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Al had come from Swarthmore, was — clearly and transparently — highly intelligent, and from the beginning projected the musical and artistic interests that were hallmarks of his long and creative days in this city.

Al and I used to go out to the West End Bar for late night snacks and down to Times Square for supper at Tad’s and a sci-fi flick. On Sunday nights we’d sing harmony while he played the grand piano in the Union Theological Seminary Social Hall. Mostly simple folk songs. “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” as if the Everly Brothers had adapted it.

I remember going town to Judson Church to see about a pastoral job. Howard Moody, Judson’s pastor, was polite but he clearly wanted more than a pastor. Al became his associate there and it was a perfect fit because Al was the one in a million who not only could talk the talk but walk the walk when it came to hands-on appreciation of, and personal creation of, cutting-edge music, dance and drama.

We kept up through the years. My dad had an aneurism in the early 80s and my brothers and I made a decision that he would have not one but two operations to ensure him continued, conscious life. The second operation was for a shunt to even the pressures in his head. After Al subsequently had his aneurism, I told him about the second operation when he was seriously depressed. I believe Al’s decision to have the shunt put in contributed to his recovery and to the productive decades he enjoyed subsequently.

Al was not completely well during these last several years. He would veer from one debilitating situation to another and he was in and out of hospitals and finally required full time in-home care.

At the same time, he was always Al — warm and loving, capable of sermons which were so completely his own that they will pass away with him, simply to be recalled with admiration and affection. Singing, increasingly songs like Give Me Jesus, at the piano at Trinity-Rauschenbusch where he had served many years as founder and pastor of the Rauschenbusch-UCC wing of the congregation, whose members were drawn in many cases from his artistic associations over the years.

I believe that creation for others is perhaps the most significant thing we do. And Al was always doing that. That he could come out of the warm, Southern evangelical tradition and absorb the philosphical and artistic air of everyone from Kant to Gertrude Stein to the Niebuhr’s, Tillich’s and Driver’s that he studied with — well the synthesis and consistent love projected out to all and sundry seem to me to be among the memorable marks of a life whose impact will be felt by many long after tears have been shed for his recent loss

Walter Rauschenbusch

COMMENTS

Bronx Bob said…

If you do a Google search on Al Carmines, the 20 plus pages of references offer impressive testimony about the influence and significance of this great composer, playwright, pastor, and theologian.

Although his failing health in recent years reduced his public creative output, those of us who attend worship services at Manhattan’s Trinity Presbyterian Church enjoyed Sunday after Sunday the special treat of his genious and spontaneity in the music program he directed and the thinking about life and issues of the day he brought to the pulpit.

Every year, I looked forward to attending Christmas Rappings — his masterful and delightful oratorio recounting the Biblical stories about Christ’s birth. Somehow we have to find a way of preserving this Christmas tradition.

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jackie said…

The important thing about Al is that his work go on. Not only his musicals, but his atitude that the artistic spark of creativity that lives in all of us is a spark from God.

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Stephen said…

There will be a memorial for Al in the main chapel at Union Theological Seminary at 5:00 PM on Sunday 6 November.

The seminary is located at Bruadway and 120th Street in Manhattan and the main entrance is at 121st and Broadway. James Chapel can beaccessed from Claremont Avenue but it is not known whether that entrance will be available.

My plan is to leave this blog up so that it can be used to post other recollections or comments using this comment feature. I would appreciate the comments having to do with Al and his contribution and life. Best, S
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Vince said…

I am glad to find somewhere to collect and listen to stories about Al Carmines. I did not know him well, but when I wandered into his church as a sophomore at NYU, I fell in love with the man. I remember vividly that he was in the back room smoking two cigarettes at once. We began to talk and in a few minutes he asked me to sing “Old Rugged Cross” during the service. When I came back a month or so later he stopped in the middle of the service and had me sing “Old Rugged Cross” again. That day he said what must have been a ten minute prayer for a man named Princess Pansy that he had met at a bar the night before. He was truly one of the most interesting and inspiring men I have known, and I wish I could have gotten to know him better. As I head to seminary in the fall, it will be to do ministry as Al did it, honestly and joyfully.

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Stephen C. Rose Demos of Original Music Mainly for Church Use

Listen to New Rain. This is a recording recounting the life of Jesus I wrote and made in the 1970s. It is over 50 minutes but worth a hearing, I believe. Just Click the play button. Adjust volume on your computer. Enjoy.

How beautiful upon the mountain
Are the feet of those who preach
Good news good news
Good news how beautiful

VERSE 1

Instead of the thorn tree
Shall rise up the fir tree
Instead of the briar
The myrtle shall you see

CHORUS

How beautiful upon the mountain
Are the feet of those who preach
Good news good news
Good news how beautiful

VERSE 2

Blind eyes opening
Prison bars breaking
Old foundations shaking
On that glorious day

CHORUS

How beautiful upon the mountain
Are the feet of those who preach
Good news good news
Good news how beautiful

ALTERNATIVE CODA:

Good news how beautiful [with retard]

Words and Music
c Copyright 2006 By Stephen C. Rose
Your free original copy.
Licensed to CCLI and LicenSing
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Key: F Tempo 112

Click Arrow To Play in streaming audio and click MP3 File to download.

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Judge not that you be not judged
Condemn not lest you be condemned
Fear not for all lives they are judged
We shall be all judged by Abba’s love
Oh yes we shall all be judged by Abba’s love
Oh we are all judged by Abba’s love

Words and Music
c Copyright 2006 by Stephen C. Rose
Your free original copy.
Licensed to CCLI and LicenSing
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Click Start Arrow for Streaming Audio or MP3 File below to download.

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Create In Us The Minds To See

Create in us the minds to see
Through skies of cloud and rain
The One Who sets all sinners free
The One Who comes again

Create in us the faith to feel
His healing hands caress
With a love so so rare so real
His name we must confess

Create in us the will to cling
To every precious word
Each word is good news taking wing
To fly through all the earth

Create in us the hearts to beat
To such amazing grace
And eyes that see beyond defeat
His resurrected face

And when that happy moment comes
When we see past the veil
We’ll see Your crystal fountains run
With love that cannot fail

c Copyright 2004 by Stephen C. Rose
Your free original copy.
Licensed to CCLI and LicenSing
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Common Meter 86.86 as in “Am I A Soldier of The Cross?”

Oremus Midi File

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Beatitudes Song

VERSE

Blessed are you poor in spirit
Heaven’s kingdom shall be yours
Blessed all who mourn and suffer
Know that Abba’s love endures
Blessed all you meek and humble
You will own this whole world wide
Blessed every justice seeker
Justice shall not be denied
Blessed all who practice mercy
Mercy then you shall receive
Blessed all you pure-in-hearted
You will have no cause to grieve

VERSE

Though you may face persescution
Abba’s kingdom you shall know
All who suffer for my name’s sake
To that blessed place shall go
Jesus made these simple statements
By the Galilean lake
Only as they are remembered
Do we know which path to take
Know the truth is not defeated
Though the earth see misery
Happiness and joy are treasures
For all those with eyes to see

CODA

Blessed are you poor in spirit
Heaven’s kingdom shall be yours
Blessed all who mourn and suffer
Know that Abba’s love endures
Know that Abba’s love endures

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Oh Come To Me

Oh come to me all who seek rest
Come all who thirst for righteousness
Come all all who burdens would confess
Oh come to me oh come to me

Oh come to me I’ll wash your feet
And if you wish to follow me
Then as as a servant you shall be
Oh come to me oh come to me

Oh come to me this bread I take
This is my body see it break
Know that I do this for your sake
Oh come to me oh come to me

Oh come to me this wine I pour
This is my blood I shed it for
All who would enter heaven’s door
Oh come to me oh come to me

This comunion I freely give
To all who truly wish to live
To serve to love and to forgive
Oh come to me oh come to me

CODA

Oh come to me oh come to me

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Who Is The One Who Said?

Who is the one who said
Who is the one who said
As you did it to the least so you did it to me
Who is the one who said

Bread for the hungry
Water for the thirsty
And love for enemies and then
Your light will shine in the darkness
And your gleam be as the noonday sun

The Lord breaks every bond
Judgment’s sure to come
As you did it to the least so you did it to me
Who is the one who said

Bread for the hungry
Water for the thirsty
And love for enemies and then
Your light will shine in the darkness
And your gleam be as the noonday sun

Let the little children come
Let the little children come
As you did it to the least so you did it to me
Who is the one who said

Bread for the hungry
Water for the thirsty
And love for enemies and then
Your light will shine in the darkness
And your gleam be as the noonday sun

CODA

And then your light will shine in the darkness
And your gleam be as the noonday sun

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The Lord’s Prayer Song

Abba whose home in heaven is
Holy and hallowed is your name
Let your realm come, your will be done
Til earth and heaven are the same

Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive the wrongs that we have done
As we forgive those who do wrong
Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from evil Lord
And guide us safely to your shore
Yours is the power to heal and mend
Yours is the glory evermore

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It’s The Sweetest Freedom

VS 1.
Wandering and broken
Empty as can be
We fall at your altar
Longing to be free
From your crystal fountain
Comes the saving flow
It’s the sweetest freedom
Anyone can know

VS 2.
Wash us clean oh Abba
Lift us make us whole
Healing grace descending
Let the Spirit roll
From your crystal fountain
Comes the saving flow
It’s the sweetest freedom
Anyone can know

VS 3.
Wash us clean oh Abba
Holy Spirit fall
Filling us oh Abba
With your all in all
From your crystal fountain
Comes the saving flow
It’s the sweetest freedom
Anyone can know

66 66 66 66 as in “Welcome Happy Morning”

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Come Now, You Rich

Come now you rich
Cast all your pride away
Place your faith
In the things that shall remain
Good deeds a giving heart
Love flowing free
A fountain of mercy
That has no boundary

Come now you mighty
Cast all your power aside
So you may hear the one
Who pointed to the child
Good deeds a giving heart
Love flowing free
A fountain of mercy
That has no boundary

Goodness love and mercy
Humble though they be
Are worth more than the mighty deeds
Of presidents and kings
Good deeds a giving heart
Love flowing free
A fountain of mercy
That has no boundary

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A Mighty Fortress Abba God

Verse 1
A mighty fortress Abba God
A bulwark never failing
Who stands with us amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
There is an ancient foe
Whose still may work us woe
Be with us in this hour
And hold us in Your power
That we may love You only

Verse 2
Oh Jesus died that we might live
And share this earth’s abundance
Learning to love and to forgive
In faith and joy and wonder
He broke Satanic chains
And like the cleansing rain
Drove death’s domain away
And now there but remains
Our blindness to the victory

Verse 3
Yet still the principalities
And powers of evil flourish
Wherever vain confusion reigns
And hatred’s flames are nourished
But we are bold to say
We know a better way
It is the way of faith
Though we be made of clay
Through Jesus it shall save us

Verse 4
There is in every earthly power
The seed of prideful dreaming
And we still build our Babel towers
Confusing all life’s meanings
But still this world endures
Our future is secure
We live amid a grace
No power can deface
And faith shall triumph through us

Tune Name
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
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All Praise and Thanks To YOu

All praise and thanks to You
With hearts and hands and voices
What wonders You have done
In You this world rejoices
And from our parents’ arms
You bless us on our way
With countless gifts of love
They still are ours today

All praise and thanks to You
For choosing to be near us
With gifts of hope and joy
And blessed peace to cheer us
You circle us with grace
You guide us when perplexed
You free us from all ills
In this world and the next

All praise and thanks to you
In humble flesh revealing
Your gracious offering
Your sharing and Your healing
Eternal Holy One
All heaven and earth adore
You are our Savior now
And shall be evermore

c Copyright 2006 Stephen C. Rose

Tune is “Now Thank We All Our God” Nun Danket Unchanged, Public Domain

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All We Who Dwell Beneath The Skies

All we who dwell beneath the skies
To Abba every praise arise
Whose Holy Spirit lives in us
Fountain of every hope and trust

We fear not any earthly foe
As long as Abba’s blessings flow
We stand tall in the arms of grace
Praying to meet You face to face

When we come to Your tree of life
Beyond all tumult and all strife
Safely upon Your heavenly shore
To live with You forevermore

Tune: “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (The Doxology) Public Domain

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All Who Tell The Gospel Story

All who tell the gospel story
All who join the pilgrim search
All who sing creation’s glory
All who celebrate new birth
Come and worship come and worship
Let our praise fill all the earth

Sages leave your contemplation
Let the still small voice be heard
Speaking truth to every nation
Let all hear the saving word
Come and worship come and worship
Let our praise fill all the earth

See now comes a shepherd seeking
Least and lost to join the fold
Every barrier defeating
Every creature in his hold
Come and worship come and worship
Let our praise fill all the earth

To the weary sweet refreshment
To the grieving strength and peace
To the anxious calm contentment
To the captive new release
Come and worship come and worship
Let our praise fill all the earth

Melody: Angels from The Realms of Glory (Regent Square) Public Domain

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Make Me A Servant of The Cross

Make me a servant of the cross
Make this my only fame
That I did heed Your holy cause
And honor your dear name

Let me not travel to the skies
On flowery beds of ease
While others suffer grieve and die
Upon life’s stormy seas

For there are challenges to face
And evils to subdue
How small would be my share of grace
If I should turn from You

Make me a servant of the cross
Make this my only fame
That I did heed Your holy cause
And honor your dear name

Melody: Am I A Soldier of The Cross Public Domain

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Abba Our Vision

Abba our vision the sight of our hearts
Always within us never to part
Deep in our thoughts by day and by night
Waking and sleeping we live by Your light

Abba our wisdom our holiest word
Constantly spoken constantly heard
Beacons of insight to show us the way
Help us to hear every word that You say

Abba our love our foundation of life
Give us the vision to move beyond strife
Wake us to heaven on earth let it be
Abba our vision oh help us to see

Abba Your mercy descends like fine rain
Washing us clean again and again
We forgive others forgiven we are
Abba our vision our bright guiding star

Abba our vision the sight of our hearts
Always within us never to part
Deep in our thoughts by day and by night
Waking and sleeping we live by Your light

Tune: “Be Thou Our Vision” Slane Public Domain

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Brightest and Best of the Children of Morning

Brightest and best of the children of morning
Jesus our savior our friend and our guide
Born in a manger bereft of adorning
Message of Abba to spread this world wide

Brightest and best be our constant companion
Lift us from mourning from failure and despair
To highest mountains from deepest canyons
Help us to rise on the wings of our prayer

Brightest and best stay always beside us
Help us to see your face in everyone
And to repeat your sweet name Jesus
Til every good upon this earth is done

Melody Public Domain “Brightest and Best of The Sons of The Morning” Morning Star

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Come All You Who Hear

Come all you who hear
The story proclaim
In every age
It is the same
How Jesus came to us
Our whole life to share
To teach and to heal
And all suffering to bear

He came to this earth
All people to save
He spoke as a prophet
And conquered the grave
Gave food to the multitudes
Sight to the blind
Miraculous advent
So loving so kind

We gather round Jesus
In hunger and thirst
We seek every gift that
He brought to this earth
Let us be as seeds that
Fall down to the ground
That new life in Jesus
May ever be found

Melody “Oh Worship The King” Hanover Public Domain

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Abba Please Help Us We Pray

Verse 1
Abba please help us we pray
When all our skies seem gray
And we feel lost
Mired in our self-concern
Letting good bridges burn
Losing hold on Your Word
Oh such a cost

Verse 2
Help us see Jesus again
Standing upon the plain
Arms reaching out
Calling all sinners home
Touching the lost the lone
Leaving no unturned stone
Banishing doubt

Verse 3
Abba please help us revive
Our broken empty lives
Your Grace restores
Strength to our families
Joy to communities
Peace-giving unity
Open love’s doors

Verse 4
Finally anchored in You
Knowing all You can do
Our battle won
Our cares will be so slight
Living within Your light
Gospel truth shining bright
Bright as the sun

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Love Song

VERSE 1
Patience is the gift love brings
Kindness is the song love sings
Love’s not jealous, boastful, proud
Doesn’t need to know the future now

VERSE 2
Love does not cleave to its own way
Love does not seek to win the day
Irritation robs its force
Resentment moves it from its course

CHORUS
In a mirror dim
We see the way
We’ll know the fullness
Of love one day
The perfect does not pass away
Finally only love remains

VERSE 3
Love rejoices in the right
Things go wrong there’s no delight
Follows through believes all things
Only to perfection clings

CHORUS
In a mirror dim
We see the way
We’ll know the fullness
Of love one day
The perfect does not pass away
Finally only love remains

BRIDGE:
I’m grown up now, my childhood’s o’er
I’m travelling toward love’s blissful shore
Faith, hope and love, we know these three
But only love remains eternally

CHORUS
In a mirror dim
We see the way
We’ll know the fullness
Of love one day
The perfect does not pass away
Finally only love remains

CODA
Finally only love remains

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Your Lovingkindness

Verse 1
Your loving kindness
Is our foundation
Your tender mercies lift us high
Like sweet rain falling
Your love is calling
I will enfold You ever nigh

Verse 2
All our transgressions
Can be forgiven
If we receive You deep within
Open our eyes to see
Your way of mercy
Freeing this world from death and sin

Verse 3
Free in your spirit
Let the world hear it
Mercy triumphant peace unfurled
Standing forgiven
By Your grace driven
Sharing your love through all this world

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TUNE: “Fairest Lord Jesus” (St. Elizabeth)
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You Are The Salt

Verse 1

You are the salt, salt of the earth
That is your greatest gift
To heal the world of pain and hurt
And every spirit lift

Verse 2

If we have salt within ourselves
We have all that we need
If life should take that salt away
We bend like windswept reeds

Verse 3

The ways of peace depend upon
The salt that is within
It seasons all who hear the call
And a new life begin

c Copyright 2006 by Stephen C. Rose
Tune Traditional Public Domain “Amazing Grace
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Draw Us Closer to YOu

Verse 1
Draw us closer to You
In everything we do
Banish our fear
Stretch out Your healing hand
Help us to understand
Why we are called to stand
Ever more near

Verse 2
As we come closer we know
What lies past this world’s show
Joyful and clear
Light that shines ever true
Voice saying I love you
Spirit like morning dew
Ever more near

Verse 3
Closer yea closer we are
Receive our trembling hearts
Help us to steer
Only as You prevail
Does grace rule without fail
Making us fit to sail
Ever more near

c Copyright 2006 by Stephen C. Rose

Adapted Words
Tune: “Come Thou Almighty King

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Birthday Song

1.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem
Alleluia
Alpha and Omega
Amen

CHORUS:
Alleluia
What a happy birthday
Alleluia
What a happy birthday

2.
Suffering woman followed him
Alleluia
One touch ended her suffering
Alleluia

CHORUS:
Alleluia
What a happy birthday
Alleluia
What a happy birthday

3.
Enemies they did him in
Alleluia
On the cross he forgave them
Alleluia

CHORUS:
Alleluia
What a happy birthday
Alleluia
What a happy birthday

4.
Women came to where he lay
Alleluia
Found the stone had been rolled away
Alleluia

CHORUS:
Alleluia
What a happy birthday
Alleluia
What a happy birthday

CODA:
What a happy birthday

Words and Music
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You Are The Light

1.
You are the light, you are the light
A city on a hill
You can’t be hid if you shine bright
By doing Abba’s will

2.

Beneath a bushel never hide
Nor put your gleam away
Be beacons of the rising tide
Let righteousness hold sway

3.
A candle’s glow lights up a home
So let your good light shine
Til God almighty, God alone
Is only glorified

4.
You are the light, you are the light
A city on a hill
You can’t be hid if you shine bright
By doing Abba’s will

c Copyright 2006 by Stephen C. Rose
Tune: “Our God Our Help in Ages Past

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With Open Arms O Jesus

1.
With open arms O Jesus
We need you to be near
Come closer and release us
From every doubt and fear
We are but wand’ring pilgrims
Who seek salvation’s shore
Guide us to hope and refuge
And peace forevermore

2.
With open hearts O Jesus
We beg you enter in
For only you can take us
Beyond all pride and sin
Renewed in mind and body
Revived within our souls
We cannot live without you
With you we are made whole

3.
With open hands O Jesus
We take your hand in ours
We know your touch can heal us
And lead us past the stars
And then the realm of Abba
Will be no distant thing
As then so now and always
The kingdom is within

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Tune: “Stand Up, Stand Up, For Jesus

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