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The Spiritual Music Of Larry Siegel
Larry Siegel: Being "A Chord In God's Love Song."
I was first introduced to Larry Siegel's incredible music eleven years ago, when a friend loaned me one of her long-playing record albums. (Remember those?!) I fell in love with the music immediately! Since then, I've had the wonderful opportunity to hear Larry in person several times, and now own all but one of his CDs.
So what's Larry Siegel's music like, you may be wondering? Larry uses varied musical styles, from folk to bluegrass, contemporary pop rock, calypso and more. Having a wonderful knack of weaving a golden thread of spirituality throughout his songs, Larry touches on subjects such as consciousness, who we truly are, God, reincarnation, and The Holy Spirit.
I find many of his songs, such as "Burning Ember," "Can You See It?" and "Everything I Have," to be soft, slow, relaxing, and full of love and spirituality. To me, they simply flow with beauty. Larry picks up the pace just a little in, "Surrender to Love," and "Spread A Little Love Around," while still maintaining the softness and spirituality. He particularly seems to have a lot of fun with the playful, spirited, "Everything Sounds Better In French" and "Trial of the Millennium!" "Trial of the Millennium," by the way, is a true story of two judges in Bermuda who are trying one another for the same offense!
On this page, I'll introduce you to each of his albums, including some youtubes and audio clips of his music, and a few lines of the lyrics of some of my personal favorites. I'll also share with you a bit more about Larry Siegel and let you know how you can purchase his cds or MP3s.
Larry Siegel's Website
All photos of Larry Siegel on this page come from Larry Siegel's website and are used with Larry Siegel's personal written permission. All lyrics on this page are also used with Larry Seigel's personal written permission.
"Being A Chord In God's Love Song"
The subheading of this article, "Being A Chord In God's Love Song," is from one of Larry's songs, "Surrender to Love," in which he's explaining how to surrender to love:
"Be a chord in God's love song. Be the words and the rhythm and the melody. It'll set you flying - it'll set you free."
Color & Harmony
Color & Harmony
My Favorite of Larry Siegel's albums!
The following are some of my favorite songs from Larry Siegel's "Color & Harmony" album. With the artist's permission, I've included a small taste of the lyrics, to give you an idea as to what they're like. For the full lyrics, please visit Larry Siegel's website at the link I provided near the top of this page. ( Lyrics and music on Color & Harmony © 2006 by Cliff Hanger Records.)
Something to think about: Do you have burning spiritual questions, desires, or goals within you? What are they?
Questions of Love
What is this yearning that burns in my heart?
How can I follow it?
As it leads me toward becoming someone new
Will I find that there are others who feel the way I do?
These are the questions we pose to the holy one,
These are the questions of love ....
We all step free
Well I been told, but I understand
That this may not be true
That when Michelangelo saw a block of stone
He said, "I see David inside of you"
So he chips and he chisels
(As it's told to me)
Till one day David just steps free
It's happened to you and it'll happen to me
Eventually, we all step free, eventually...
Do you have an open heart, full of love for others? How do you like to give to others?
Even something as small as smiling at people you come in contact with can make a big difference in someone's day.
A week ago, I was at a restaurant with some good friends. One of the other ladies noticed someone struggling to get her take-out food and her very young granddaughter out to the car, without spilling anything. My friend jumped up, rushed over to the lady, and helped her carry her food all the way to the car. It was just a little thing to my friend, only taking a few minutes of her time, but I bet it made a big difference in that grandmother's day, just to know that someone cared enough to help her, a complete stranger.
Spread A Little Love Around
My life has given me
The opportunity to
Spread a little love around
Spread a little love around
A golden chance to start to
Open up my heart and
Spread a little love around
Spread a little love around...
One morning I remembered who I truly am
Not thoughts, not feelings, not the body, not the man...
Who are you?
God is love....
What does it mean to surrender to love? If I asked 100 people, I'd probably get 100 different answers.
Some people use the spiritual term "Surrender" to mean that you trust in God or a higher power to know what's best for you. If you truly trust that God or a higher power has your best interests at heart, it becomes a bit easier to say, "Thy will be done."
Do you let Love guide you, rather than fear?
Surrender to Love
An open heart comes just in time
And you know it when your life begins to rhyme
Saying yes to one and yes to all
There ain't nothing too big and not a thing too small
All it takes to ride that wave
Is nothing to prove and nothing to save
Give it all up - it's what you came here for
When you know the way, there's just one door
If you remember to surrender to love
Surrender to love....
Everything Sounds Better In French - A fun song from Larry Siegel's album "Color & Harmony!"
What would our language be like if we spoke only English in the United States? Listen to this song, and see what you think! You might be surprised at how many words we use on a daily basis that come from another country!
"This song takes a humorous look at language. Some people think Americans should only speak English? Well, take a look at this and then decide." - Larry Siegel
The End Of The World
Contrary to what you might think, this song isn't about the world coming to an end! Instead it's about the tip of the earth.. Join Larry Siegel on a trip to the tip of South Africa....on the Color & Harmony album.
"This song is about the view from the Cape of Good Hope looking south into the convergence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It's also about the magic of Africa and South Africa specifically." - Larry Siegel
Sometimes when I listen to the first few lines of the song, I can't help but wonder if maybe Larry Siegel is hinting at something else too though.... Listen and see what you think.
Songs from the 3rd Octave
Songs from the 3rd Octave - by Larry Siegel
Here are some lines from a couple of songs on Larry's album, "Songs from the 3rd Octave." Below them you'll also find two youtubes of songs from the same album.
How do you let go of your fears and worries?
The River of God
Hear the rush of the wind, hear the whippoorwill sing
When I close my eyes, how my heart takes wing
Feel the boat move on, feel the water rise
All my cares are gone.
Sailin' on down the River of God
The Light and the Sound on the River of God...
River Of God: Music by Larry Siegel; Lyrics by Larry Siegel & Rhonda Mattern
Have you ever noticed an inner sound, inner light, or spiritual force flowing through you?
Can You See It?
Into the hearts of the followers of Spirit
Pours out a love which you'd scarcely believe
It's ours for the giving. It's why we are living
To share in the Blessings we daily receive
Can you see it?
Hiding behind all the words and the rhyme
Can you hear it?
Sound of creation the song of all time
Can you feel it?
The essence of all that is waiting for you
Can you name it?
Name it the nameless the sound of the HU*
Into the orbit of all things created
Comes whispers and symbols to guide their way home....
* HU is a name for God, which when sung as a prayer or in time of need, initiates contact with the Light of God and the Divine Sound Current.
What do you think?
To me, one thing the song above seems to be saying is that the reason we are living is to give love to others. Do you agree? Do you think one reason we are here on earth is to give love to others?
"Songs from the 3rd Octave" - A Review
Would you like to read an insightful, informative, and interesting review by Don Strong of Larry Siegel's album: "Songs from the 3rd Octave?"
Don's Strong's Review of "Songs From The 3rd Octave."
The Song of Wandering Aengus - from "Songs from the 3rd Octave"
"This wonderful poem by William Butler Yeats, the bard of County Sligo, has haunted me for years. Finally, after hearing several other musical settings for it, I decided that, for me, none of them really captured its essence. So I wrote this music. I hope you enjoy it." - Larry Siegel
Orion - from "Songs from the 3rd Octave"
"The great hunter of the northern sky, Orion has appeared to many people as an eternal presence of guidance and protection. Much as the masters of the Vairagi Brotherhood do. Orion for me is not only a symbol of strength and protection but of comfort and consistency. Look for him in the night sky in both Northern and Southern hemispheres and feel his friendship." - Larry Siegel<?a>
How Larry Siegel Got His Start In Music - Here's a short interview I had with Larry.
Larry: "I started on guitar when I was 14."
Janiece: "Which instrument did you start on, and how old were you at that time?
Larry: "My father bought me, without any begging necessary, a $10 guitar from a pawnshop. When I got a bit better, I got a $15 one that was beautiful. I would wake up in the night just to look at it. It was used and from the same pawn shop, which was owned by a family friend. That's why it was so cheap. It was 1964 when money went a longer way. My 3rd guitar was a real professional Gibson J45 guitar. By that time I was quite serious about playing music."
Janiece: "How did you acquire your first guitar?" (Had you been begging for an instrument for some time and your parents finally gave in and got you one, or was your first instrument a gift from a favorite uncle, perhaps?)
Larry: "I started the mandolin in my mid 20s and the banjo in my mid 30s. I'm still always learning something new about music. "
Janiece: "When did you begin branching out into other instruments?"
No Limitation - by Keystone (Larry Siegel, Emma Laurence, Kevin McKay, Mary Carroll Moore, and Becky Williams.)
These are a few of my favorites from Keystone's "No Limitation" album. (Note: Again, these are just small segments of the songs. For the full lyrics, please see Larry Siegel's website.)
There Is No Limitation
There is no limitation
Except for the limitations you have made for yourself
Every lock is a key to an opening door.
Every ceiling eventually becomes the floor.
Every thought and deed is a seed that grows
Even if its planter never knows...
TRUST IN YOUR HEART
Don't be resisting the turns and the twists life is bringing.
Turn on a dime and in time you will find yourself singing.
Trust in your heart...
Creatures of Our Own Creation
When I look in the mirror tell me what do I see?
Creatures of our own creation
I see the only one who has any power over me.
Sad to tell you it's true
Then what is our task from the One above?
Creatures of our own creation
Do everything you do with God's pure love.
Glad to tell you it's true, true, true.
Glad to tell you it's true.
Words and music by Larry Siegel. All rights reserved.
Larry Siegel utilizes a variety of instruments in his songs, including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, and dulcimer.
Photo Credits: Mandolin -Glennpicker;
Ukulele - Wikipedia;
Dulcimer - UpperPalatine
Mandolins (the instrument on the left) are plucked stringed instruments in the lute family. The body of the mandolin is roughly tear-shaped. Originally, mandolins has 6 strings and were plucked with the fingertips. Today, many mandolins have 8 strings which are grouped together into four pairs of strings, and are plucked with a plectrum (pick). Ukuleles (middle) resemble small guitars, and are, in fact, in the guitar family. Ukuleles typically have four strings. The dulcimer pictured here (on the right) is an Appalachian dulcimer. Appalachian dulcimers, or mountain dulcimers, as they are sometimes called, are plucked stringed instruments in the zither family, and usually have three or four strings.
Great Expectations - by Larry Siegel
The Body Is Blind
Let me tell you 'bout a thing I learned
I took a look inside
At what's doing the looking and the cooking
And the thinking and the blinking those eyes
Well, if the body is just a clay shell
Then there must be something else inside
that makes it work so well...
There's a man who jumps up saying out loud
That part of his life is through
So he goes to a hill and he sits very still
'Cause he knows he's got something to do
Then he shifts his gaze past the inner maze
That's just at the edge of your eye
And he looks very far til he sees a Blue Star
And he knows he'll give it a try...
Lyrics and Music Â©1978 Larry Siegel
Larry Siegel and his wife, Renate
Real Songs For Real Kids, Volumes 1 and 2
Real Songs for Real Kids Vol. 1 - Click the arrow to listen to clips or purchase MP3s.
I bought this for my son when he was about 4...but in all honesty, I think I loved the songs as much as he did! My favorite? "When I'm flying."
When I'm Flying
Well the earth is such a wonderful place,
Ooo When I'm flying.
Lookin' from an airplane soaring through space,
Ooo When I'm flying....
Copyright Â© 2001 Cliff Hanger Music
Larry Siegel performing with Lester Lanin
More About Larry Siegel
Larry Siegel is a singer, musician, composer, and producer. He has been performing for over 30 years, including shows with John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, Dolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Gos, Lucie Arnaz, John McD and the McDLT, and Lester Lanin. He lead bans on Her Majesty's Ship, the QE2, and was the bandleader for the New York Yankees in 1997. Larry appeared on national television on Rosie O'Donnell, Breakfast Time with Tom Bergeron, Michael Moore's TV Nation, and Gossip Girl. He has performed in the US, Bermuda, Russia, Africa, Australia, with the American Dance Theatre throughout Germany, as a soloist at ski resorts in Switzerland, and other places in Europe.
Larry Siegel's talent isn't just limited to music though. A highly sought after speaker, he gives talks and leads workshops at festivals and seminars around the world. He also appeared as Spike Spaldeen in the off-Broadway production of "The Song of Singapore."
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The Spiritual Music Of Larry Siegel
Article © 2010 - 2015 Janiece. All rights reserved.
Webpage created on 2/1/10.
Page last updated 10/28/15.
Music © Larry Siegel. All rights reserved.
(Excerpts of lyrics were reprinted here with Larry Siegel's permission.)