• Jeffrey Wilsor

Better Life

As we stride ever onward, now into a summer that promises to be one like we have never experienced before, we continue to take a moment each day with music. Throughout these next few months, look for some more offbeat choices, many more of your own community selections and comments, and as ever, a little injection of faith, hope, and love into your day.


Got a song you just love? Email musicwppc@gmail.com to tell Jeff about it!



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The great Joan Armatrading has been knocking around the rock-soul world for 50 years. Yesterday’s encounter with Tracy Chapman reminded me of Joan - she and Tracy have a similar vulnerable bluntness in their lyrics, as well as a shared tendency toward music that employs strong, repetitive musical motifs. (Incidentally, we’ll get another visit from both Elizabeth Bryant and Tracy Chapman in a couple weeks!) When I thought to go listen to some Joan Armatrading, I learned that just this past June, at the age of 70, she released an all new album!


As with much of her music, Consequences is a record of straightforward introspection, a meditation on what love is in the smallest and biggest ways. The song I chose to share today is called “Better Life.” Its base is a light-hearted reggae beat, drawing on the traditions of Joan’s birthplace, Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla in the West Indies. With the inherently carefree bounce of the reggae beat, Armatrading puts a positive spin on concepts of self-evaluation, self-love, global perspective, and discerning necessary action. It’s done so simply and accessibly, making it, in my opinion, a perfect meditation for us today.


All you want for everyone is a better life, a better life

All you want from love is the best love, the best love

And all you want from me is what I have to give

Just being who you are means a better life, a better life


Some people sit in their Ivory tower

With the Midas touch, the Midas youch

A kind word has more healing power

It's precious, more precious


Look inside yourself

Make your thoughts the best

All you have to be is a love junkie, love junkie


Change can heal the world

And all you gotta do is change yourself


There are rules for a better life

Don't live with hate, live positive

Smile a lot and the world looks good

Your happy face looks right back at you


Don't compare yourself to everybody else

Live the life you love

For a better life, a better life


Change can heal the world

And all you gotta do is change yourself


Memories can last forever

Remember how short a life is

Plan how you will enjoy it

Be happy, be happy


Look inside yourself

Make your thoughts the best

All you have to be is a love junkie, love junkie


Don't compare yourself to everybody else

Live the life you love

For a better life, a better life


Look inside yourself

Make your thoughts the best

Just being who you are

Means a better life, a better life


Don't compare yourself to everybody else

Live the life you love

For a better life, a better life


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Pray...


Holy One, Help me internalize “rules for a better life.”

We also lift up the following prayers shared during last Sunday's worship service:

  • For the people affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Even in our separation, God, help us to feel the deep delight of your love for all. Amen.

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