Sell My Soul
Being a religious time of year I thought I might put up a couple of songs on or around the subject.
The first song is called ‘Sell My Soul’ and was written many years ago.
When I was younger I had a lot of questions (as we all do) on religion but was very aware of my soul. I could never bring myself to say that I would sell my soul to the devil to get something, as my soul is not a commodity to be bought or sold.
So I tried to work out something the devil could not do for me and came up with this song. I have always loved the story of Jesus his kindness and the way he spoke of love. He is a sort of ‘Superman’ figure of those early years though his legacy has been much abused in the years since. I have always thought it a bit sad that Easter seems to commemorate his death more than his life.
I do have an early recording which I will put up later. This is a version I recorded with Eric Vandersande in the nineties using his beautiful Maton acoustic with a capo on the second fret. I have often thought of adding violins or cellos but I don’t think they would add anything and may muddy up the lovely ambiance of the acoustic guitar.
I Only Believe In Love
The second song ‘I only believe in Love’ was recorded with Steve Shipley about five years ago and features Neil Rankin on bongos and drums. I guess it is sort of my version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ though more from the aspect of what happens when you die than how to live. If there is only darkness at the end, then all you leave behind is your essence and the love you spread when you lived.
If you by-pass heaven due to having no faith and your soul is pulled into the sun, it sort of equates to the everlasting fires of hell. But if we destroy this beautiful world with constant wars and the creation of ever more powerful weapons, there will be no-one left to know that love ever existed.
I hate the fact that so many children inherit hate, mostly because of religious beliefs and unbelievably when their parents supposedly believe in the same God as the people they are taught to hate.
If there is a heaven and God loves us all and forgives us all then I will be allright. The reference to having it the wrong way around simply means that if you live your life with love then love becomes your God. Having had many door knockers tell me that ‘God Is Love’ I have stated many times that Love is God. ‘Love is the one religion, Love is the only God’.
The third song ‘Andelain’, is a celebration of a fictional Heaven. It was again recorded with Eric and features Wayne ‘Wally’ Rountree on bass, Bobby Donaldson on drums and Geoff Davies on keyboards. The extra harmonies at the end were provided by a girl who was working for Eric in the office at the time and one of his sound engineering students who was a great guy and had a much higher voice than me.
Andelain is a place in the book series ‘The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever’ written by Stephen R. Donaldson. Before the dark forces take over the ‘Land’ it is a truly magical place but as the story progresses, the only place left where the Magic survives is Andelain and all the past souls of the land gather there and it becomes the heaven of the land.
Hope you enjoy the songs and they make you think a bit and have a great Easter.
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