I have publish several posts about the deeper meaning of the music on my iPod. The first, second and third were examinations of the overall playlist. The other was a more nuanced study of the “What’s In a Name?” playlist. A quick review of those posts will show that my iPod is bipolar, OCD and a little schizophrenic.
Tonight, I have decided to shuffle the “For God’s Sake” playlist and see what pops up. This grouping contains selections with religious titles or themes. I find these types of songs interesting, especially the old spirituals. This is surprising because of my lack of spirituality. Religious folks will say that I like these songs because I have an internal need to connect with a supreme being. I think I like them because, well, I like them.
Here is a sampling of my heavenly collection.
1. “Knockin’ On Heavens Door” by Guns n’ Roses
2. “God and Man” by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
3. “Body and Soul” by Diana Krall
4. “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran
5. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2
6. “Judgement Day” by Whitesnake
7. “Heaven and Hell” by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
8. “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
9. “This Train” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
10. “Superstar” by Ben Vereen and Marc Pressel
11. “Old Rugged Cross” by John Prine and Mac Wiseman
12. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by The Fairfield Four
13. “Hallelujah” by Sweathog
14. “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups
15. “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
16. “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash
17. “Backwoods Preacher Man” by Tony Joe White
18. “Amazing Grace” by The Beeston Pipe Band
19. “Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame” by Kris Kristofferson
20. “Angel Eyes” by Scott Hamilton
We will now pass the plate before offering the benediction.