The Song Is You
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to tell Jeff about it!
Pat Suzuki is a first generation Japanese-American who rose to prominence in the ‘50s with her performance in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, making a big splash with her rendition of “I Enjoy Being a Girl.” This led to a string of radio hits throughout the decade, making her one of a sadly very small number of folks of Asian descent who have hit it big in American pop music.
Here, she lends her rich voice to a song written by Oscar Hammerstein with another composer, Jerome Kern. “The Song Is You” is almost always sung as a ballad, but this fabulous arrangement infuses the tune with exuberant energy. Enjoy Pat Suzuki today, and may we be better, shining lights on more Asian voices and stories.
I hear music when I look at you, a beautiful theme of every dream I ever knew.
Down deep in my heart I hear it play; I feel it start, then melt away.
I hear music when I touch your hand; a beautiful melody from some enchanted land.
Down deep in my heart, I hear it say, Is this the day?
I alone have heard this lovely strain, I alone have heard this glad refrain:
Must it be forever inside of me? Why can't I let it go? Why can't I let you know,
Why can't I let you know the song my heart would sing?
That beautiful rhapsody of love and youth and spring,
The music is sweet, the words are true -- the song is you.
God of Diversity, Help us to be less white-centric.
We also lift up the following prayers shared during last Sunday's worship service:
For Ken’s son Keith’s 50th birthday!
For getting family together --spending meaningful time and celebrating.
Even in our separation, God, help us to feel the deep delight of your love for all. Amen.