First, congratulations to President Obama for being a man of peace, a man of courage and a man of action. The world did a great good and fantastic thing by recognizing our president’s peaceful character and the example he sets for all living people.
Kenny Rankin wrote the song “PEACEFUL” by Helen Reddy.
Barack has a very 1970s peace-like quality about him, as though he really “got” it when we were finally out of Vietnam in January 1973. Long live the spirit of peace. war has had its chance: doesn’t work. I think Barack gets that.
It has an interesting tempo quality, insofar as that the verses glide along a smooth almost sublime 70 bpm, given way to a double time feel chorus, only twice, and coming back down in the end.
I tried my best to create tempo maps for this song as online and offline, there simply are none (until now), and I am sure there will be others, but these are the first. So I want to get it right. I loved this sing when I was around 9 years old: in large part because of the smooth, gliding comfort that HELEN REDDY OF AUSTRALIA brought to her vocals and musicianship.
This series of tempo maps was measured and calibrated and synthesized over 24 hours entirely by the meanspeed free school solely for the educational use of our students and NOT for commercial use. The tempo maps to Helen Reddy’s recording of Kenny Rankin’s PEACEFUL are set to Afterglow by Genesis, as when they last toured, the band opened up all 44 shows – 22 in Europe, 22 in NA with J.F.K.’s call to “ASK NOT WHAT…” Barack Obama has risen to the British band Genesis’ calling to step it up, by use of their song here.
I found this post to be amazingly candid:
This would be “Dan from Iowa” – check his take out!
“…This is one of the songs of the summer of 2009. The trouble with it is, it is certainly not unique to 2009. In fact, it has such strong ties to my childhood that the minute I start listening to it, I’m back in my parents’ house listening to the 8-track that this song came from. I have such vivid and specific memories associated with this song, but much like the images conjured up by “Graveyard Girl”, I can’t really articulate them. What I do know is that it makes me feel good – the only part I don’t really agree with is the “I can wait for fate to bring around to me any part of my tomorrow.” Based on my last post, that would seem to be exactly the opposite of what I need to do. But I do really love this song….”
other comments around the world cyber-community:
Clemburke, we keep running into each other on the same vids. I also like the Young Turks….. hola de tejas. travieso 🙂
Travis,,I always look forward to anything from the young turks and I am glad to meet someone with common likes.
Wow! What an incredible voice; what incredible musical sensibilities! I just love Helen Reddy! Thank you so much Philip!
Absolutely the best, thanks!
I love dancing around in my underwear to this song.
BEAUTIFUL SONG THANX
still not too sure why she had to rearrange lyrics from the album version to the single version…..
/Ian Andrew Schneider/
October 19, 2009
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