Did Bob Dylan Fleece Rod Stewart? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

nobel prize winner in literature, mr. bob dylan, penned the song “forever young.” later, rock and roll great, mr. rod stewart, also penned a song “forever young.” the stewart song was so familiar to mr. dylan’s song that mr. dylan is shared writing credits and royalties. one must wonder whether mr. dylan fleeced mr. stewart?Continue reading “Did Bob Dylan Fleece Rod Stewart? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

He Honored His Father With a Song: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

in 1972,  mr. david gates, after his father’s passing, penned the song “everything i own.” at his father’s funeral, a friend told him that mr. gates’ father was always proud of him and his music.  songfacts.com mr. gates, inspired by these words, penned a song honoring his father.  gates said, “my success would have beenContinue reading “He Honored His Father With a Song: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Freedom To Put A Square Peg In A Round Hole: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom? bob marley songs of freedom are special. passover seders often conclude and singing breaks out. the passover songbook is expansive. there are the classics such as dayenu, chad gad ya, and mee lo eh. american seders have also included the african american spiritual “go down moses.”Continue reading “The Freedom To Put A Square Peg In A Round Hole: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Honoring One’s Father By Singing The Most Emotionally Painful Song: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

before he was born, his father wrote a song about his child to be. the song is considered one of the greatest singer-songwriter songs of all-time. the father-son relationship, unfortunately, did not last long. a few years later, his father tragically died in a plane accident. the father, the great mr. jim croce, the son,Continue reading “Honoring One’s Father By Singing The Most Emotionally Painful Song: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Rock N’ Roll Love Psalm? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your means deuteronomy 6:5 an experience from an unsuspecting source can bring meaning. this meaning may not quite fit within a narrative or may defy logic. with imagination, however, the square peg can somehow fitContinue reading “A Rock N’ Roll Love Psalm? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Unhealthy Obsession With Anne Frank: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

Emperor Meiji:Tell me how he died. Algren:I will tell you how he lived. last samurai quotes.net i asked a friend, if you had to choose between two people to admire, “which one would you choose?” her choices were as follows: (1) a young german-dutch woman who was a talented writer. she, along with her family,Continue reading “The Unhealthy Obsession With Anne Frank: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Honoring Your Grandmother, the Queen: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

royal drama is great for the tabloids, conversation and of course, oprah. unfortunately, this drama gave me a new neighbor in my state, prince harry. since arriving to california, he and his wife apparently have decided to celebrate festivis, the seinfeld created holiday, on a year-round basis. we, the public, been subjected to the perpetualContinue reading “Honoring Your Grandmother, the Queen: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

If Man Wrote the Torah, Should You Be More Impressed? A Ten Commandments’ Shavuout Tale

comedians, prior to performing their act, often go to clubs unannounced and work on the their routine. they take the time to perfect the act. they keep the jokes that work and dismiss the others. with the the ones that work, they perfect the words, the delivery, the timing and the inflection. many successful actsContinue reading “If Man Wrote the Torah, Should You Be More Impressed? A Ten Commandments’ Shavuout Tale”

The “One Day” When God Was Happy: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

god envisioned the impaired to play a big part of his plan. moses, who was speech impaired, was asked to be god’s spokesperson to free his people from bondage. moses, despite god’s assurances, was reluctant. to accommodate moses, god added his moses’ brother aaron to assist. moses’ fear held him back. perhaps, after moses, godContinue reading “The “One Day” When God Was Happy: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Billion Hits for Tzedakah? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

it wasn’t a great song. it wasn’t a great video. despite that, the music video has over 1 billion views. yes. one billion! the video’s concept and production, however, were a hit. the video production provided real people and their reactions to what occurred. their reactions were priceless. the video’s concept was to take theContinue reading “A Billion Hits for Tzedakah? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”