Year Ender: 7 Fav Songs that Speak Beyond Barriers

How has everyone’s 2015 been?

It surely didn’t go smoothly…

Around the world, there are a lot of things we are still struggling with. Conflicts here and there that have yet to see their resolutions.

Tragedies have struck us to our core…

And there are still more tragedies that continue to unfold…

 

Nonetheless- year after year- the flicker of hope remains in all of us.

This is a post that is intended to bring the message of Hope through one very powerful medium that has always been part of human culture- music.

Many would say that there’s been too many songs that have been released that speak about their themes- of yearning for everyone to look past beyond the barriers of color, for everyone to see the beauty of diversity, for everyone not to be mindlessly following any group that seeks to instill fear and mindless hate in us. Many might say that there’s already so much songs about these, yet we have yet to see change.

Well, have the abundance of romantic songs ever seem to satiate the soul’s longing for that partner? Or been enough to soothe every brokenhearted?

I don’t believe so.

Nevertheless I think I’d like to end my year with songs that remind one to be a light despite things looking so bleak and dark. If anything, it’s the only way we can continue to move forward and live.

1. Michael Jackson’s “Heal The World”: Michael Jackson is a legend in this era’s music industry. And towards the end of his life, his works were geared towards awakening and uplifting the world. He didn’t just release one song that spoke about the issues that have racked our societies. He released more, and I believe he would continue to make more had he been still with us. He was not shy, and was outspoken about them. It is this aspect of him that I respect most in his life as an artist.

Also, at a time were war and conflict seems just right at our doorstep..this could not be even more timely.

2. Sami Yusuf’s “Shine”: Brother Sami Yusuf has been a role model. He has coined the genre, “Spiritique”, one that is ” informed by the belief that the major world religions bespeak a perennially harmonious spiritual and moral message that has the potential to beautify the world and create peace between people.” His latest release, Shine, is one of his best works that represent this message. May this new leaf, the coming days of 2016 be the moment where we all strive to keep shining.

3. Harris J’s “Worth It”: Shifting towards a genre that most of the youth can dig, I chose one of this promising newcomer’s latest releases. I’m glad to be seeing such good work from someone so young. Even as adults, struggles don’t disappear. In fact, struggles will always be there in different shapes and forms. May we continue to struggle for all that is worth our tears, blood, and sweat…no matter how hard it is.

4. Zain Bhikha’s “Someday”: “Salam”, the arabic for , “Peace”. This is the message of this song all the while uplifting the undistorted message of Islam and to add juice to the image of Muslims not commonly flashed on our TV screens. The song “talks about humanity coming together for one purpose, finding peace.” Give it a listen, and probably a share.

5. Zain Bhikha’s “First We Need the Love”  Or if you probably would like something with a “hipper beat” to it, here’s something I’d recommend from the same artist with the participation of his son, Rashid. Also very, very timely.

 

6. EXO’s “History” (Korean version): Suprise! Yes, I do (selectively) listen to song from Kpop. I’d thought it to shift to another genre and part of the world would be a little good too. To give a little story, I didn’t know about this group back in what was maybe late 2012 (beside the fact that they debuted on that same year). I just saw this on TV and like it then. No, not because of the physical traits of the singers, the moves they were making, but the lyric hit home. They had a previous release, “MAMA“, which also talked along the same themes but both the MV and the lyrics are until now quite debated. For those in the know, many would consider the lyrics to speak of the two group’s division and be attempt to attest their unity. But the thing about this song is, even if you don’t know a thing about EXO, once it’s translated its more universal message pulls through.  There’s also a Chinese version to this.

This last day of December will the final page of that will go down as 2015’s history. May it be blessed, may it open doors for all our growth!

7. Raef’s “The Path”: Earlier this year, I made a short post about brother Raef’s “Dream”. I’d still pick that for this post, but I didn’t want to be redundant.

I chose to round-up this post with this song because while it goes back to the type of songs that are like home to me, I think it beautifully narrates the shared struggle we all have within, though each story and depth is uniquely that of ours.

I’ll let the song speak once again. For once again, I am lost for words.As the dawn of another year (in the Gregorian calendar at least) draws near, may the path that we should take be much more clearer to us. Ameen.

And I know that it hurts
When we stop and wonder: “Why?”
Yes I know that it hurts
Maybe time will heal the burns

And maybe you’ve felt the path I seek, and
I know you’ve cared as much as me
Our stories were shared for us to see

Thanks for reading up until here!

Love, truth and peace,

G.T.

 

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Song Speak | Dream by Raef| Eid Wishes and Reflections

Second post today. Actually I’ve been wanting to post this ever since I first heard it. But I didn’t have the time.

And I believe that posting this isn’t in the wrong time at all.

The essence of Ramadan is to hone the purity of the soul, to help in the chipping away whatever it is the withholds it to reach the true potential of the human being…

To shake our inner being so that we may see with the eyes of the heart, and think beyond the boxes society has placed upon us.

To rid us of food, material enjoyment and reign in our desires with a command stronger than any political law, so that we may see that these things are not what really matters…

To get put the base ego and desires into the command of the soul so that we, as a race, may realize the “Dream” we all share regardless of color, age, and culture.

And it is in the coming of Eid that this realization is celebrated. Eid being the culmination, and the gateway for the souls to be reborn into a stronger force within the human body’s vessel.

I believe this song by brother Raef reflects what I’m trying to say in a much more effective and clearer medium for many today.

Too many times I’ve walked through these streets
Wondering where we went wrong
Our hands alone can feel so helpless and weak
But surely with yours they’ll be strong
Our problems and fears will soon disappear
If we try hard enough they’ll all be gone
Brothers and sisters, it takes each of us
Together we can overcome!
We shall overcome

Dream your biggest dream
If we dream enough together we can make it real
And lend a helping hand
What we keep won’t mean anything, once we’re gone

Song Speak: Home by Raef |Eid Wishes for Everyone

Here’s a beautiful inspirational song from brother Raef!!

May we all be united in that Eternal Home, the end of this trialsome yet can-be-beautiful Journey called, “Life”.

“I’ve been through sunshine
Made friends with the moonlight
Traveled the ancient lands
And sailed across the seas
I’m free when I think and fight for what’s right
Ain’t nobody gonna tread on me
A place I’d call mine and yours forever
This land was made for you and me, yeah!

Ain’t no place like home, they say
Home is where that heart is, home is where your love is
Ain’t no place like home where I’ll be me, me, me, yeah!
Ain’t no place like home, they say
Home is where that heart is, home is where your love is
Ain’t no place like home where I’ll be free, free, free, yeah!

All I know is: Love can feel so good
When we know it brings us close to
Home-sweet-home where
Your mind can set you free… Yeah!”

-Growing Tree

I ONLY ASK OF GOD| Song Speak 1| TOA

My first official post for 2014. But because of the hectic schedule I’m having, I’m finding it hard to have time to write down thoughts and learning decently.

So I thought, since music is a HUGE medium nowadays, why not share thoughts through this? “Song Speak”

This first video/song share is an “old one” but I believe has a message that is “a classic”. It also sends the message of this blog’s theme for this year once, by the One True GOD’s Grace, I can go back to writing again (hopefully, ameen!)

So this time, I’ll let the song speak, and hope to let it speak truth and inspiration:

(LYRICS)
I only ask of God
He won’t let me be indifferent to the suffering
That the very dried up death doesn’t find me
Empty and without having given my everything

I only ask of God
He won’t let me be indifferent to the wars
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people

People…people, people

I only ask of God
He won’t let me be indifferent to the injustice
That they do not slap my other cheek
After a claw has scratched my whole body

I only ask of God
He won’t let me be indifferent to the wars
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people
It is a big monster which treads hard
On the poor innocence of people

People…people…people

Solo le pido a Dios
Que la guerra no me sea indiferente
Es un monstruo grande y pisa fuerte
Toda la pobre inocencia de la gente
Es un monstruo grande y pisa fuerte
Toda la pobre inocencia de la gente

(I only ask of God
That i am not indifferent to the battle,
It’s a big monster and it walks hardly on
All the poor innocence of people.)

People…people…people