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Flashback #1: "Give me love | Give me hope | Give me strength | Give me someone to live for." Maybe it seems odd to feature this 1985 single from the Alarm during a spiritual song flashback rather than one for political protest tunes. But I have always found this song to be both inspiring and humbling, a dichotomy that reflects the nature of soul and flesh.
Flashback #2: "I expect to find [God] laughing." Is anything more familiar to the spiritual seeker than blasphemy or doubt? In 1984, Depeche Mode released "Blasphemous Rumors," a song about God having a sick sense of humor. Well, humans do exhibit a sick sense of humor on occasion, and it must have come from somewhere. So, if we are made in the image of one God -- or we are the descendants of elder Gods and Goddesses -- surely we can attribute this sense of humor as part of our inheritance.
Flashback #3: Our final flashback this week will really get your blood pumping. Queen first recorded this tune in 1985 and then released it on A Kind of Magic (1986). Considering that my weekend conference is for interfaith clergy, I feel this song's lyrical content to be most apt. I may no longer personally hold to a belief in "One flesh one bone, one true religion," but I do like to look forward to hope and unity. Plus, I still like to bounce around the room when I hear Freddy Mercury singing it.
There you are, 80s-philes, a brief but powerful set of three flashbacks. And you know what I say about the rule of three! See you next week!