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Perception and Perspective ~ SEE ME
Thinking back to the seventies is even for me a bit vague. A child myself in 1969 and young at the inception of the piece of rock history, I will refer to here. I can still recall the seventies rock opera that took the teens of that time by storm. It was written by Pete Townsend and performed by the WHO a British rock phenomenon. The title was simply, TOMMY.
Now, at first, I am sure people, especially adults of that time said, “The Who ~ what?” and “Tommy ~ why?” Fast forward to 1975 when this same rock album (yes album, again to give perspective) was made into a British Musical Film. This movie was cast with some of the heavy hitters of that time 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 Daltrey 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 popular 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. First there is the “absolutely NOT music” meaning, “ I don’t care what you say, that is not conducive to any positivity.” Where it may be a 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 this rant and great thought and talent goes into the creating a work of art. Again, an art is always an interpretation; it is I suppose, how we see things? As an adult, I am reminded of many of the songs that although being from a Christian home growing up, I was still influenced by the music of my own youth era. I am able to 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 musical 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 positive 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 is able to be completely unscathed by their generational influences. It’s rather 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 strong Christian 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 be seen for good and we must expose ourselves for what we are, sinful saints. By His blood and belief in Him, we are saints, and yet we continue to battle sin, however, we now we will always desire to be with Christ forever. We are also bound in the weeds of Satan if not fully aware of our perception and perspective we can get caught in his 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, rather looking to 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 presented 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 these false idols we have been influenced by, gossip, social media, and judgment even righteousness has been catapulted to a place where not one could be free from a fall. We must see the beauty of Christ through the fog and the clouds of sin, to reach constantly for His message in all things. To seek the why’s of His allowances to life’s struggles and even the missteps of sin is where we find Him. Trust 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 along side hoping to stomp out the weeds, and grow the crop always forgiving and holding one another accountable in love.
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 piece of something that we consider not good 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 see 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 see it, looking 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 bad 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.
Comparison is not always a bad thing when done with a different perspective
After viewing both videos what do you see?
See Me Feel Me ~the WHO ~ Ironically in this rendition he says Hear Me the actual words are HEAL ME
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 in everything, so it matters very much, how we look at one another. It matters that we see 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 just 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
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