Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Smooth song of the day, #7 for 2012

What the World Needs Now

Who was responsible for this stupid idea? Sorry but the song is great and the lyric is clever but the idea behind the lyric is just stupid. I'm guessing the idea popped up in liberal theology first and then made its way to the mainstream.

I'm not going to dwell on the philosophical issues for too long. Suffice to say, where do you get the content fleshing out what love is? If someone wrote a song saying that what the world needs now is more "goodness" everyone would catch the problem pretty quickly. To say that the world needs more love or that "All You Need is Love" is to say nothing at all.

But here is the cool thing about the song, it's in waltz time. That's why everyone in the video above is a little uncertain about how to move. It's also what gives the song its lovely swinging lilt. You get all these long-pulse, short-pulse moments but you never think of the time.

Try singing it. It's perfect in it's way. There are very few songs that feel quite so right in your mouth.

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