When I hear this song I ask myself what is pulling me toward what I think I want. Then I listen to Natalie Cole and I hear that duet she did with her dad, Nat King Cole, "Unforgettable."
So what is so unforgettable? Nothing less than all the opportunities I could have taken to love, forgive or nurture, and I didn't. So I rewind and remember that the opportunity never goes away.
All I have to do is listen to James Ingram and find "One Hundred Ways" to love. Of course, that can only be done when I have achieved a "Peaceful Easy Feeling," like the Eagles sing about.
So enough of the metaphors and analogies; what I also talk about is the lives of these artists and how they follow a pattern of divine unfolding.
Take Natalie Cole. Her music director and pianist, Josh Nelson, will be sharing his talents and playing some of her greatest hits at our center's 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday.
The thing I see in Natalie, besides her great talent, is her ability to deliver the feeling of the music and its lyrics. She holds an audience spellbound because she has dedicated her life to what she does. I know that may sound corny, but dedication is essential to living a happy and joyous life. In fact, all of these artists are dedicated to what they do.
Dedication lends itself to confidence.
Take k.d. lang commenting on her idol, Peggy Lee: "I became a complete junkie for her …. She represents an era that is leaving us, one where vocals were king."
I consider k.d. lang to be one of the best singers I've ever heard. Every phrase is carefully molded and fits perfectly within the context of her songs. Could we say as much about ourselves and the way we think about ourselves? Are we dedicated to being the best person we can be?