The Heart of Things ~ Music the Great Storyteller
Perception and Perspective ~ SEE ME
There was rock opera from the seventies that took the teens of that decade by storm. Pete Townsend wrote and performed Tommy by the WHO a British rock phenomenon.
Now, at first, I am sure people, especially adults of that time said, “The Who, what?” and “Tommy, why?” But, fast forward to 1975 when this same rock album (yes album, again to give perspective) and made into a British Musical Film. This movie cast with some of the heavy hitters of that era in the entertainment world and the names are even well known today, Anne Margaret, Oliver Reed. Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson and well of course Roger, the lead singer of the WHO.
This album, and sequentially the film that followed met with an explosion of media and controversy. At first, this Rock Opera, as it was labeled, was banned by the BBC and several U.S. radio stations. Today it has been placed in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
How far we have come or how fast we have fallen or have we? I suppose it lies firmly in our perception and perspective. Yes, it is true, that this particular Rock Opera when interpreted by song facts and or music theorist, or for that matter various alternative or religious groupings. The comments and perspective are going to be miles apart, from “East to West,” to quote a song by Casting Crowns a current and favorite Christian Rock Band formed in 1999.
Music the infamous story teller Past and Present
I now am that middle-aged adult, yes people I said it, I am in that phase of life, I am that parent, that hears the music of today and at times, I must dig deep to find perspective in some of the stimulation that is presented to our youth today. There is some artist that disappoint me. Especially the I don’t care what you say lyric that is not conducive to any positives. Where it may be venting or sharing of someone’s interpretation of the world through a vomited eruption of profanity and sinful exploration, yet at the same time, not all music is meant for everyone. Those rants may have purpose unbeknownst to me, or at the least thought and talent goes into creating them.
Again, art is always an interpretation; it is I suppose, how we see things? As an adult, I remind myself of many of the songs that although being from a Christian home growing up, still influence the music of my youth era. I can recite and share all the Christian-based songs I grew up with; campfire sing-a-longs tunes and “family friendly” choruses. At the same time, I grew up in the real world in touch with and exposed to great talents and musical prowess that infuses all types of genres today. The technological and digital advances were and are fascinating and useful tools for musical appreciation if seen for what they are, things that add emphasis to a point, rather than to mask an underwhelming piece of artistic interpretation.
As we know, if we take away a mask, it is seen for the truth of what it is. Hence, we must be careful to do the work that creates a certain truth underneath. Our masks and coverings fall away eventually, and then we will need to account for the actual work or lack of it. Not one person can be utterly unscathed by their generational influences. It’s instead how we perceive and give perspective to those influences.
As many would try and will attempt to place our youth in a bubble that continually washes them, keeps them from boo-boos, protects them from any infectious germ, so to speak, this image is unrealistic.
It is very realistic to have a healthy positive home, one with communication in the Word, that then relates to finding Christ in all things. Are we in this generation trying to have a loving home with family values and less judgment where we are continual learners together? A home that seeks Christ first in all things, people, music, life and brings a polish of God’s love to them. A polish that is soft and careful, gently exposing the heart of existence to the light of God’s love.
To do this, Christians, we must be in this world, yet not of it. We must want for all influences to see the good and we must expose ourselves as we are sinful saints. His blood and belief in Him, we are saints, and yet we continue to battle sin. However, we know we will always desire to be with Christ forever. We are also bound in the weeds of evil. If not fully aware of our perception and perspective we can get caught in this snag. We too could become one of God’s most precious, yet fallen; it is only in Him we can pick ourselves back up, brush off and move toward Him.
If our perception is real and in that of love and understanding our perspective of how to make this world more like what we seek in Christ is possible. Taking things at face value is not what Christ is about, instead of looking at the heart of a person or an influence, that is where we find the truth. And even from this piece of iconic history, when we take something and make it beautiful, it can have a whole new meaning.
This particular Rock Opera dealt with such ominous sin and pain. It presented anger, false idols, divorce, cheating, drugs, disability, autism, a vile omission of correctness and so much more. It also shows the sad world that if we fast-forward to today is to our dismay a real presence. The divorce rate is skyrocketing; the immediacy of gratification is constant in the influence of these false idols.
Gossip, social media, and judgment even righteousness have catapulted to a place where no one could be free from a fall. We must see the beauty of Christ through the fog and the clouds of sin, to reach continually for His message in all things. To seek the why’s of His allowances to life’s struggles and even the missteps of crime is where we find Him.
Trusting in His promises, this is where and how we find the heart of Christ in all things. To stay there among the weeds of life is difficult we need to cut through the entanglement and be the wheat growing alongside hoping to stomp out the plants and increase the crop always forgiving and holding one another accountable in love.
See Me Feel Me ~the WHO ~ Ironically in this rendition he says Hear Me the actual words are HEAL ME
After listening to the song
As I sit here in great thought about perception and perspective, I am quite sure many will discard any good that may come from this piece merely based on content. However, there are times, if we take a part of something that we consider not right and look at it with Christ-like eyes we can see the beauty of its heart.
The song See Me Feel Me ~ Listening to you ~ by the WHO
Some see only sin
Some see Tommy as an Idol image for the lost and corrupt to follow
Some see sun worship
Some see psychedelic drug interpretation
I know a sinner like me, climbing the mountains of corruption wanting to be washed and always looking up begging to be at the feet of God, saying see me feel me.
I do not care what it was supposed to mean. I am telling you this is how I look at it, listening with my heart wanting all to be for HIM. In the song - Does anybody See Her by Casting Crowns, I see the same thing. Sometimes we have to take the pieces of something terrible and put it together again for the lessons and the good it can always become. Especially when seen in the right perspective of God’s Love.
What do you see? I guess it’s a matter of perception and perspective.
Can anybody see her ~ Casting Crowns
Some Great Reading People
These readings may give some perspective but be careful of interpretation. God sees the good in all of us and everything, so it matters very much, how we look at one another. It matters that we know what He is saying to us individually and collectively. God Bless
Psalms 53-55 For the Director of Music
These verses are so eloquent in describing the toils of sin and the need to surrender to God.
Matthew 13: 30-40 Let the wheat and the weeds grow together
I am listening to what God has to say to me; it gets foggy sometimes but, I need to pay more attention then. I am so sorry if I misstep, I assure you I know who is in my heart.
PEACE in your stages
Comparison is not always a bad thing when done with a different perspective
After viewing both videos what do you see?
© 2013 Kathy Henderson