Risultati della ricerca per: 2003

R.E.M. – Best of R.E.M. – In Time (1988 – 2003) – Full album.


I R.E.M. sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense attivo dal 1980 al 2011.[2]

Formatosi ad Athens (Georgia) il 5 aprile 1980 (data riconosciuta dalla stessa band come atto di fondazione vera e propria del gruppo, che provava assieme sotto diversi nomi già dal 1979), la sigla R.E.M. sta per rapid eye movement, la fase del sonno in cui si sogna; i componenti del gruppo scelsero tale nome anche perché “suonava bene”. La pronuncia inglese è lettera per lettera (/ɑː iː ɛm/), ma in italiano viene generalmente pronunciata come acronimo (“rèm”).

Nell’arco degli ultimi 25 anni, i R.E.M. sono stati riconosciuti come uno dei gruppi più importanti per la definizione dell’estetica della musica underground e indie degli Stati Uniti.[3] La loro influenza, infatti, si estende ancora oggi su moltissime formazioni, etichette e scene musicali.[4]

Il gruppo ha virtualmente definito l’espressione “rock alternativo” degli anni ottanta (college rock)[5], dimostrando alle stazioni radio, un po’ alla volta, che trasmettere brani con prevalente uso delle chitarre non era una cosa negativa.[6]

Nella loro trentennale carriera hanno venduto all’incirca 85 milioni di dischi.[7]

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.E.M._%28gruppo_musicale%29

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. released its first single, “Radio Free Europe“, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love“. The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre and released its two most commercially successful albums, catapulting it to international fame, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People(1992), which veered from the band’s established sound. R.E.M.’s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than expected. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million records worldwide and becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time.[4] In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=R.E.M.&oldid=655457124

Annunci

Non – tempo


Non – tempo

Non esiste tempo
ieri- passato
oggi – presente
domani – futuro
tutto raccogli
in memorie attuali
che proiettano immagini
tra sogni e sentire
– fermi l’istante-
e lo porti in dono
a chi si ferma ad ascoltare

20.08.2003 Poetyca

 

Non – time

There is no time
Monday-handed
Today – this
tomorrow – the future
collect all
in current memory
projections:
between dreams and feel
– Without the time-
and carry it as a gift
to those who stop to listen

20.08.2003 Poetyca

Sfiorati attimi


Sfiorati attimi

Spighe mature
per sfamare le incertezze

Turbinar di foglie
abbandonate al vento

Nostalgie silenti
con la certezza
d’esser presente

28.10.2003 Poetyca

Touched moments

Ripe ears
to feed the uncertainties

Turbine leaves
abandoned to the wind

Nostalgia silent
with the assurance
to be present

28.10.2003 Poetyca

Che Aquila sei


Che Aquila sei

Un momento “magico”
che faccia comprende
quando sia ora di smettere
di farsi trascinare dalla corrente
– io non lo conosco-
non ho un tempo preciso
srotolato tra sorrisi e malinconie
Il momento di aggiungere
una nuova ferita alla collezione
sembra essere sempre presente
ma da oggi smetti di tuffarti
dalle rocce più alte
fin dentro il gorgo nero del nulla
da oggi comincia a nuotare
a braccia aperte come ali
che ti trascinino via
– Consapevolezza –
e conoscenza profonda
di quello che sei
di quello che dai
nel tracciato della tua storia
con ali nuove e piume d’argento
scoprirai finalmente che Aquila sei

25.08.2003 Poetyca

What Eagle you areA moment magic
face that includes
when it is time to stop
being drawn from the current
– I do not know-
I do not have a precise time
rolled out between laughter and melancholy
The time to add
a new injury to the collection
seems to be always present
but now stop dive
from the highest cliffs
right into the black abyss of nothingness
nowbegins to to swim
with open arms like wings
you drag away
– Awareness –
and deep knowledge
than you are
what you give
in the plot of your story
with new wings and feathers of silver
discovering that Eagle you are

25.08.2003 Poetyca

Ogni cosa


Ogni cosa

Consapevole della fuga della mente
che molti vogliono compiere
consapevole di una realtà
che solo alcuni vogliono stravolgere

Incedono i passi tra nebbie
e domande con le stesse risposte
– Quale destino attende il suo verdetto –
Ricerca di morte con un lungo preavviso

Ma non serve conoscere le vecchie storie
trascinate sulla pelle di chi ha pianto
e non serve urlare nel silenzio
ogni cosa striscia nell’ombra e toglie fiato

11.03.2003 Poetyca

Everything

Aware of the flight of the mind
that many want to make
aware of a reality
that only some want to upset

Pacing the distance between fog
and questions with the same answers
– What fate awaits the verdict –
Search death with a long notice

But I do not need to know the old stories
drag on the skin of those who cried
and is not screaming in silence
Strip away everything in the shade and wind

11.03.2003 Poetyca

Ancora passi


Ancora passi

Ancora passi…

…In un nuovo giorno a catturare istanti,
a sbriciolare ricordi e a trattenere il tempo
– andato troppo in fretta –
perduto per strada e non più trovato.

Ancora speranza che illumini il cammino
e non ci lasci da soli con troppe domande.

Ancora qui

nel mondo dei pensieri,dei sentimenti e delle parole…
Il mondo dell’anima che raccoglie e si dispiega.

Ancora noi

insieme per questo nuovo giorno
orizzonte che non temiamo
e che attraversiamo con un sorriso
e una mano stretta che parta dal cuore.

24.10.2003 Poetyca

Still passes

Still walk …

In a new day … capturing moments,
to crumble and remember to keep time
– Gone too fast –
lost in the street and no longer found.

Still hope that illuminate the way
and not leave us alone with too many questions.

Still here

world of thoughts, feelings and words …
The world of the soul that collects and unfolds.

Again we

together for this new day
horizon that we do not fear
and crossing with a smile
and close a hand from the heart.

24.10.2003 Poetyca

Cos’è poesia


Cos’è poesia

…E tu che del cuore
hai la chiave
come potresti mai
veder sporcare poesia
come potresti vedere
negli altri disprezzo?

Mio caro amico
Amico caro
che del sentimento
conosci ogni passo
sei tu capace
di contenere l’Universo

Arcaiche figure
sono stelle
che avvolgono
in spirali senza
consistenza alcuna
e si collegano al sentire
Le parole senza domande
– solo risposte –
nascono come briciole
piene di luce
solo ritmo all’unisono
sul battito d’Amore
che nulla cerca e tutto dona

Cos’è poesia?

Mentre vibra
ogni attimo
e cerca solo parole
che ora si sciolgono
e respirano ad ali aperte
sono carezze per orizzonti
che sono nella tua anima

Non conosci percorsi
e tutto accade
mentre tu sei strumento
dell’infinito
che ti chiama a vibrare
in un interminabile attimo
il senso della vita
che non conosce
chi non ascolta
e non sa veramente amare

29.12.2003 Poetyca

What is poetry

… And what of the heart
you have the key
how could you ever
see dirty poem
how can you see
others in contempt?

My dear friend
Dear friend
that sentiment
familiar with every step
are you able
to contain the Universe

Archaic figures
are stars
surrounding
spirals without
no consistency
and connect to hear
Applications without the words
– Response only –
born as crumbs
full of light
only rhythm in unison
Love on the beat
try anything and everything that gives

What is poetry?

While vibrates
every moment
and only search words
now melt
and breathe with open wings
horizons are for petting
that are in your soul

Not familiar paths
and everything happens
tool while you are
infinity
calling you to vibrate
in an endless moment
the meaning of life
who knows
who does not listen
and can not truly love

29.12.2003 Poetyca

Nessuna traccia


Nessuna traccia

Il canto giocoso
non muore in gola
e stamani le nuvole
non coprono il cielo
Nell’aria cristallina
con te vicino
dispiegherò le ali
ed un sorriso
sarà la scia
che lasceremo

Nessuna traccia
da seguire
ma vita nuova
che respira la festa
in armoniosi colori
che avvolgono il tempo

11.08.2003 Poetyca

No trace

The playful song
never dies in gorge
and this morning the clouds
not cover the sky
Crystalline in the air
close to you
unfold the wings
and a smile
will wake
we leave

No trace
to follow
but new life
breathing the party
in harmonious colors
surrounding the time

11.08.2003 Poetyca

Nuovo colore


Nuovo colore

Gocce di pioggia
sfiorano e scivolano
nella mia anima
– perle vive –
Sottili ragnatele
sono carezze
che avvolgono
e conducono
dove non esiste tempo
Emozioni ricamano
ogni nuovo istante
– mai sola –
con la presenza
della tua brezza
in questa notte
Proiettati intrecci
di nuovo colore

10.09.2003 Poetyca

New Color

Raindrops
skim and glide
in my soul
– Pearl lives –
Gossamer
strokes are
surrounding
and lead
where there is no time
Emotions embroider
each new moment
– never alone –
with the presence
your breeze
On this night
Plots shown
new color

10.09.2003 Poetyca

Elliott Smith


Elliott Smith, pseudonimo di Steven Paul Smith (Omaha, 6 agosto 1969 – Echo Park, 21 ottobre 2003), è stato un cantautore e musicista statunitense.

Dopo aver militato nella band Heatmiser per diversi anni, la sua carriera come solista è cominciata nel 1994. Nel 1998 ha acquisito notorietà internazionale dopo essere stato nominato all’Oscar come autore della canzone Miss Misery tratta dal film Will Hunting – Genio ribelle

Sebbene sia nato come musicista rock (in particolare post-punk e grunge), le sue prime canzoni sono essenzialmente acustiche. Nei suoi lavori più maturi, come XO e Figure 8, ha introdotto invece arrangiamenti più complessi, con suoni orchestrali influenzati dalla musica dei Beatles, che lo ha da sempre ispirato. Nel suo ultimo album From a Basement on the Hill ha però cercato di ricreare le atmosfere più scarne e asciutte dei suoi primi lavori

La sua figura malinconica e la sua tragica morte all’età di soli 34 anni (forse suicida a causa della forte depressione che lo tormentava, sebbene la verità non sia ancora stata accertata) hanno involontariamente fatto di lui uno degli ultimi miti del rock alternativo americano

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Smith

Steven PaulElliottSmith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith’s primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery”,[1] and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums.Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song “Miss Misery”—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997)—was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.

Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug dependence, and these topics often appear in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously completed and released in 2004.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Smith

In osservazione


In osservazione

Caleidoscopio di colori
in mille momenti
con diversi volti

Ricerca d’emozioni
in palpiti latenti
aspetti diversi
pronti a convivere
in tanti framenti

Occhi in osservazione
che accarezzano
verità e sogni

Vita contenitore
che porta in giro
ogni petalo che freme
tra brezze
e furia del vento

11.01.2003 Poetyca

In osservazione

Caleidoscopio di colori
in mille momenti
con diversi volti

Ricerca d’emozioni
in palpiti latenti
aspetti diversi
pronti a convivere
in tanti framenti

Occhi in osservazione
che accarezzano
verità e sogni

Vita contenitore
che porta in giro
ogni petalo che freme
tra brezze
e furia del vento

11.01.2003 Poetyca

In observation

Kaleidoscope of colors
a thousand times
with different faces

Research of emotions
latent in beating
different aspects
ready to live
in many framenti

Eyes in the observation
caressing
truth and dreams

Life container
that leads around
each petal that flutters
between breezes
and fury of the wind

11.01.2003 Poetyca

Posso essere


Posso essere

Posso essere la carezza che sfiora
nel bagliore di un raggio di sole
e tu lo senti
Posso essere la forza che stringe
nel momento che mi pensi
e tu lo sai
Posso essere frammento di stella
che la notte ti chiama dolcemente
e tu lo credi
Posso essere a te accanto
anche se lontana e non mi vedi
e tu mi accogli
Posso essere la gioia in te
che espande e vibra
e tu mi cerchi
Posso essere quello che percepivi
da tempo lontano a te accanto
e tu mi ami
Posso essere amore senza confine
che non si lega alle leggi del tempo
e tu mi sogni
….sempre

04.09.2003 Poetyca


Can I be

Can I be a caress that touches
in the glow of a sunbeam
and you feel
Can I be the force that holds
when I think
and you know
Can I be a fragment of a star
that night I called softly
and you think
Can I be next to you
Despite its distance and I do not see
and you welcomed me
I can be the joy in you
that expands and vibrates
and you look for me
I can be what you perceive
time away from you next
and you love me
Can I love without border
that is not bound to the laws of time
me and you dreams
Always ….

04.09.2003 Poetyca

Dido



Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong (Londra, 25 dicembre 1971) è una cantante britannica, nota semplicemente come Dido.
Dido nasce al St. Mary Abbots Hospital a Kensington, Londra, dalla madre Clare Collins, poetessa, e dal padre William O’Malley Armstrong, editore e manager di origine irlandese. Cresciuta studiando e ascoltando musica classica, a sei anni inizia a frequentare la London Guildhall School Of Music, dove studia pianoforte e violino. Grazie anche all’influenza del fratello Rowland Constantine (detto Rollo), futuro leader del gruppo pop Faithless, entra in contatto con i generi musicali più svariati; comincia quindi a fare esperienza come cantante in varie band, prima di entrare nei Faithless nel ruolo di seconda vocalist. Con il gruppo parteciperà alla registrazione di Reverence (1996) e di Sunday 8pm (1998).

Nel 1995 Dido comincia a scrivere anche materiale proprio traendone varie demo, che, riunite in una raccolta intitolata Odds & Ends pubblicata su cd, catturano l’attenzione dell’Arista Records, portando alla firma di un contratto con Dido negli USA. Delle canzoni incluse in Odds & Ends, Take my hand è stata inclusa come bonus track in tutte le edizioni di No Angel, Sweet eyed baby è stata remixata e reintitolata Don’t think of me, mentre Worthless e Me sono state incluse solo nell’edizione giapponese.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_(cantante)

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known as Dido (/ˈdaɪdoʊ/, born 25 December 1971), is a British singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide,[3] and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles “White Flag” and “Life for Rent”.

Dido’s first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Her third studio album, Safe Trip Home (2008), received critical acclaim but failed to duplicate the commercial success of her previous efforts.[5] She was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “If I Rise”. Dido was ranked No. 98 on the Billboard chart of the top Billboard 200 artists of the 2000s (2000–2009) based on the success of her albums in the first decade of the 21st century.[7] Dido made a comeback in 2013, releasing her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away, which reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom.

Posso essere


Posso essere

Posso essere la carezza che sfiora
nel bagliore di un raggio di sole
e tu lo senti
Posso essere la forza che stringe
nel momento che mi pensi
e tu lo sai
Posso essere frammento di stella
che la notte ti chiama dolcemente
e tu lo credi
Posso essere a te accanto
anche se lontana e non mi vedi
e tu mi accogli
Posso essere la gioia in te
che espande e vibra
e tu mi cerchi
Posso essere quello che percepivi
da tempo lontano a te accanto
e tu mi ami
Posso essere amore senza confine
che non si lega alle leggi del tempo
e tu mi sogni
….sempre

04.09.2003 Poetyca

 I can be
I can be, the caress that touches

in the flash of a sunbeam
and you feel it
I can be the force that holds
when you think of me
and you know this
I can be the star fragment
who calls you the night softly
and you think this
I can be next to you
although I’m far away and you will not see me
you welcome me …and you
I can be the joy in you
that expands and vibrates
and you try me
I can be what you have perceve
long distance to you next
and you love me
I can be love without borders
that it binds to the laws of time
and you dream me
…always

04.09.2003 Poetyca

Bruce Cockburn playlist


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Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, 27 maggio 1945) è un cantautore canadese.

Il suo stile, con il personalissimo modo di suonare la chitarra, fonde generi come pop, folk, rock, reggae e jazz. Le liriche sono ispirate dalla sua visione umanistica e metafisica della vita vicina all’etica cristiana. 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Cockburn

Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (/ˈkbərn/; born May 27, 1945)[1] is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, politics and spirituality.

In 2014, he released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.[2]  

Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits.[3] Cockburn attended Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire “to become a musician”.[4]He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s. In 1966 he joined an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967 he joined the final lineup of The Esquires. He moved to Toronto that summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which time Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone’s Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up the band with the intention of going solo, but ended up in the band 3’s a Crowd with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, and Richard Patterson, who had been a co-member of The Children. Cockburn left 3’s a Crowd in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.

Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was a headliner. In 1970 he released his self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery and Biblical metaphors. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a Christian.[5] Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to Christianity, which in turn informs his concerns for human rights and environmentalism. His references to Christianity include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox.[6]

In 1970 Cockburn became partners with Bernie Finkelstein in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[7]

While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are“, the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live.

Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 and has a daughter from that marriage.[citation needed] He wrote the song “Little Seahorse”, released on In the Falling Dark, in late 1975 about the time when his daughter wasin utero.[citation needed]

Through the 1980s Cockburn’s songwriting became increasingly urban, global and political as he became more involved with progressive causes. His political concerns were first hinted at on the albums: Humans,Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. They became more evident in 1984, with his second US radio hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” (No. 88 in the US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to countries such as Mozambique and Iraq, played benefit concerts, and written songs on a variety of subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world musicinfluences in his music, including reggae and Latin music.

In 1991 Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time“. It features the Barenaked Ladies‘ cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and an element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song “God Part II” from their album Rattle and Hum.

In the early 1990s, Cockburn teamed with T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, “Closer to the Light”, inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, a close friend of Cockburn and Burnett. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favourite songwriter and he was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love.

In 1998 Cockburn travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The month-long journey was documented in the film River of Sand, which won the Regard Canadien award for best documentary at the Vues d’Afrique Film Festival in Montreal. It was also invited for competition at the International Festival of Environmental Films in Paris.[8]

Some of Cockburn’s previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle. His first greatest hits collection was Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002, released in 2002.

In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 21st album, You’ve Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat who performed at Monterey and Woodstock in the 1960s, may be known best for their work with Tom Waits).

Cockburn performed a set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. Speechless, an instrumental compilation of new and previously released material, was released on October 24, 2005. His 22nd album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.

Canadian senator and retired general Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, appeared on stage at the University of Victoria with Cockburn. The October 4, 2008, concert was held to aid the plight of child soldiers.[9]

In 2009 Cockburn travelled to Afghanistan to visit his brother, Capt. John Cockburn, and to play a concert for Canadian troops. He performed his 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and was temporarily awarded an actual rocket launcher by the military. Cockburn has stated that, while unsure of the original Invasion of Afghanistan, he supported Canada’s role there.[10]

Cockburn released his studio album Small Source of Comfort in 2011. “Lois on the Autobahn”, a cheerful and experiential instrumental recalling “Rouler sa bosse” from Salt, Sun and Time is a tribute to Cockburn’s mother, Lois, who succumbed to cancer in 2010.[citation needed]

Cockburn married his longtime girlfriend M.J. Hannett shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Iona (b. November 2011) in 2011.[11][12] As of 2014, the family lives in the San Francisco area, where Cockburn is writing his memoirs up to 2004.[13]

A documentary film, Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage,[14][15] was released in 2013 on television and a brief theatrical showing; directed by Joel Goldberg, gave a rare look into Cockburn’s music, life and politics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Cockburn

Preghiera


Preghiera

 

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La preghiera è una delle pratiche comuni a tutte le religioni. Essa consiste nel rivolgersi alla dimensione del sacro con la parola o con il pensiero; gli scopi della preghiera possono essere molteplici: invocare, chiedere un aiuto, lodare, ringraziare, santificare, o esprimere devozione o abbandono. La preghiera è solitamente considerata come il momento in cui l’uomo ‘parla’ al sacro, mentre la fase inversa è la meditazione, durante la quale è il sacro che ‘parla’ all’uomo.
La preghiera può essere personale, oppure liturgica; solitamente questa seconda forma si ritrova come preghiera scritta (o comunque tramandata in qualche modo). Una delle forme di preghiera più diffuse è il canto devozionale.
Secondo la dottrina cattolica, quando l’uomo prega si eleva a Dio in modo cosciente. Il “tappeto di preghiera” è un piccolo tappeto che i musulmani usano per inginocchiarsi durante le preghiere giornaliere.

Forme di preghiera pubblica

Nell’ebraismo sono previsti per gli uomini tre preghiere nei giorni feriali, in ricordo dei sacrifici di animali e vegetali che venivano praticati nel Santuario: l’Arvith, Shachrith e Minchah. Le preghiere sono quattro il sabato e altri giorni particolari (5 volte per Yom Kippur). L’ordine delle preghiere si trova nel Siddur, il tradizionale libro delle preghiere ebraico. Sebbene la preghiera individuale sia valida, pregare con un minyan (numero minimo di dieci maschi adulti) è considerato ideale. Molte sinagoghe hanno un hazzan, cioè un cantore che guida la preghiera della comunità.
Nel Cristianesimo la forma classica e più antica di preghiera pubblica sono le ore canoniche, cioè momenti fissi durante la giornata in cui vengono recitati (o cantati) dei salmi più altre preghiere, dalla bibbia o composte dalle Chiese, oltre a inni e intercessioni. Di origine antichissima (la struttura è stata ereditata dalla preghiera ebraica sinagogale e del Tempio di Gerusalemme), le ore canoniche ebbero particolare rilievo nelle comunità monastiche come ufficio corale.
Nell’Islam la preghiera canonica è chiamata ṣalāt, prescritta 5 volte al giorno, in forma singola o collettiva, anche se sono previste e consigliate altre preghiere volontarie.

Forme di preghiera privata

Nelle devozioni private esistono vari tipi di preghiere, che hanno un unico fine: elevare l’anima a Dio. Elevare l’anima a Dio è infatti la definizione ufficiale della preghiera così come riportato dal Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica.
In realtà, come dice la Bibbia (Sap 1,7 e At 17,28), noi già viviamo ed esistiamo dentro Dio; come pure affermano alcune tradizioni religiose antiche dei popoli asiatici e americani. Essendo però Dio di natura trascendente e spirituale, la sua presenza non appare sempre immediatamente percepibile ed evidente. Ecco perché è necessario elevare l’anima a Dio, cioè compiere un atto di volontà (la volontà è una delle tre potenze dell’anima insieme alla memoria e all’intelletto) che ci rende più attenti, più sensibili, più partecipi di questa presenza che è sempre e ovunque. I modi di muovere la volontà e dunque l’anima a questa consapevolezza e a questa comunione sono molti e diversi. La tradizione cattolica ne enumera svariate decine che sono state ispirate dai santi nel corso dei secoli passati e che hanno trovato una eco più o meno duratura e diffusa, in funzione della semplicità, della praticità e della bellezza delle stesse modalità di preghiera.
Tra le forme private di preghiera più diffuse dalla tradizione cristiana troviamo:
la preghiera biblica (che utilizza direttamente le parole della Sacra Scrittura oppure che parte dalla lettura della Bibbia per poi aprirsi al colloquio personale con Dio, come fa la lectio divina);
il colloquio personale con Dio (che l’uomo può vivere in qualunque tempo e luogo);
il Santo Rosario (una forma devozionale nata nel Medioevo e diffusa oggi in tutti i popoli cattolici);
il culto delle immagini (fondato sul fatto che l’immagine sacra subito richiama alla mente la persona divina rappresentata e diffuso, oltre che nelle chiese, specialmente nei luoghi dove le chiese e i luoghi di culto pubblico sono lontani); tale culto non è accettato dal Protestantesimo;
la via crucis (devozione nata nel Medioevo e diffusa nel XVII secolo da san Leonardo da Porto Maurizio);
la vigilanza (cioè l’atteggiamento interiore dell’uomo che vigila sui suoi pensieri, discernendo quelli buoni da quelli malvagi per coltivare quelli buoni e rinnegare, dissolvere, dimenticare quelli malvagi);
la ripetizione (cioè l’atto della volontà che dà inizio ad un ciclo ripetitivo di brevi invocazioni o preghiere ben conosciute, che l’uomo ripete dentro di sé fino a formare un tappeto morbido e robusto sul quale l’anima si stende e si rilassa per poi entrare nella contemplazione);
la contemplazione (è la forma di preghiera considerata più santa, in quanto comunione stessa con il Santo, essendo stata definita dall’uomo la santità come la natura stessa di Dio; la contemplazione è la presenza viva di Dio nell’uomo che ispira direttamente pensieri, parole, immagini, azioni, per cui nella contemplazione l’uomo vede ciò che Dio vede, sente ciò che Dio sente, fa ciò che Dio fa);
la meditazione (è il fluire o il sorgere di pensieri che vengono suggeriti, stimolati, ispirati dalle fonti più diverse: ricordi, incontri, discorsi, letture, fatti, immagini, simboli, etc. Essendo immenso il bacino di spunti per la meditazione, essa è probabilmente la forma di orazione più praticata di ogni tempo).

Bibliografia

Jörg Zink, Come pregare, Claudiana, Torino 1988.
Giordano Berti, Preghiere di tutto il mondo, Vallardi, Milano 1999.
Gérald Messadié (a cura di), Il piccolo libro delle preghiere, Armenia, Milano 2003.
Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica (di cui la Parte Quarta è interamente dedicata alla preghiera)

Prayer

Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to God or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others.
Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.
Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous studies, with contradictory results There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted

Forms of prayer

Various spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotional acts. There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals, and reverent physical gestures. Some Christians bow their heads and fold their hands. Some Native Americans regard dancing as a form of prayer. Some Sufis whirl. Hindus chant mantras. Orthodox Jews sway their bodies back and forth[10] and Salah for Muslims (“kneel and prostrate as seen on the right”). Quakers keep silent. Some pray according to standardized rituals and liturgies, while others prefer extemporaneous prayers. Still others combine the two.
These methods show a variety of understandings to prayer, which are led by underlying beliefs.
These beliefs may be that
the finite can communicate with the infinite
the infinite is interested in communicating with the finite
prayer is intended to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, rather than to influence the recipient
prayer is intended to train a person to focus on the recipient through philosophy and intellectual contemplation
prayer is intended to enable a person to gain a direct experience of the recipient
prayer is intended to affect the very fabric of reality as we perceive it
prayer is a catalyst for change in oneself and/or one’s circumstances, or likewise those of third party beneficiaries
the recipient desires and appreciates prayer
or any combination of these.[citation needed]
The act of prayer is attested in written sources as early as 5000 years ago. Some anthropologists, such as Sir Edward Burnett Tylor and Sir James George Frazer, believed that the earliest intelligent modern humans practiced something that we would recognize today as prayer.
Friedrich Heiler is often cited in Christian circles for his systematic Typology of Prayer which lists six types of prayer: primitive, ritual, Greek cultural, philosophical, mystical, and prophetic

The act of worship

Prayer has many different forms. Prayer may be done privately and individually, or it may be done corporately in the presence of fellow believers. Prayer can be incorporated into a daily “thought life”, in which one is in constant communication with a god. Some people pray throughout all that is happening during the day and seek guidance as the day progresses. This is actually regarded as a requirement in several Christian denominations,[15] although enforcement is not possible nor desirable. There can be many different answers to prayer, just as there are many ways to interpret an answer to a question, if there in fact comes an answer.[15] Some may experience audible, physical, or mental epiphanies. If indeed an answer comes, the time and place it comes is considered random. Some outward acts that sometimes accompany prayer are: anointing with oil;[16] ringing a bell;[17] burning incense or paper;[18] lighting a candle or candles;[19] facing a specific direction (i.e. towards Mecca[20] or the East); making the sign of the cross. One less noticeable act related to prayer is fasting.
A variety of body postures may be assumed, often with specific meaning (mainly respect or adoration) associated with them: standing; sitting; kneeling; prostrate on the floor; eyes opened; eyes closed; hands folded or clasped; hands upraised; holding hands with others; a laying on of hands and others. Prayers may be recited from memory, read from a book of prayers, or composed spontaneously as they are prayed. They may be said, chanted, or sung. They may be with musical accompaniment or not. There may be a time of outward silence while prayers are offered mentally. Often, there are prayers to fit specific occasions, such as the blessing of a meal, the birth or death of a loved one, other significant events in the life of a believer, or days of the year that have special religious significance. Details corresponding to specific traditions are outlined below.


Pre-Christian Europe

Etruscan, Greek, and Roman paganism
In the pre-Christian religions of Greeks and Romans (Ancient Greek religion, Roman religion), ceremonial prayer was highly formulaic and ritualized.[21][22] The Iguvine Tables contain a supplication that can be translated, “If anything was said improperly, if anything was done improperly, let it be as if it were done correctly.”
The formalism and formulaic nature of these prayers led them to be written down in language that may have only been partially understood by the writer, and our texts of these prayers may in fact be garbled. Prayers in Etruscan were used in the Roman world by augurs and other oracles long after Etruscan became a dead language. The Carmen Arvale and the Carmen Saliare are two specimens of partially preserved prayers that seem to have been unintelligible to their scribes, and whose language is full of archaisms and difficult passages.
Roman prayers and sacrifices were often envisioned as legal bargains between deity and worshipper. The Roman principle was expressed as do ut des: “I give, so that you may give.” Cato the Elder’s treatise on agriculture contains many examples of preserved traditional prayers; in one, a farmer addresses the unknown deity of a possibly sacred grove, and sacrifices a pig in order to placate the god or goddess of the place and beseech his or her permission to cut down some trees from the grove

Germanic paganism

An amount of accounts of prayers to the gods in Germanic paganism survived the process of Christianization, though only a single prayer has survived without the interjection of Christian references. This prayer is recorded in stanzas 2 and 3 of the poem Sigrdrífumál, compiled in the 13th century Poetic Edda from earlier traditional sources, where the valkyrie Sigrdrífa prays to the gods and the earth after being woken by the hero Sigurd.
A prayer to the bigger god Odin is mentioned in chapter 2 of the Völsunga saga where King Rerir prays for a child. His prayer is answered by Frigg, wife of Odin, who sends him an apple, which is dropped on his lap by Frigg’s servant in the form of a crow while Rerir is sitting on a mound. Rerir’s wife eats the apple and is then pregnant with the hero Völsung. In stanza 9 of the poem Oddrúnargrátr, a prayer is made to “kind wights, Frigg and Freyja, and many gods,” although since the poem is often considered one of the youngest poems in the Poetic Edda, the passage has been the matter of some debate.[26]
In chapter 21 of Jómsvíkinga saga, wishing to turn the tide of the Battle of Hjörungavágr, Haakon Sigurdsson eventually finds his prayers answered by the goddesses Þorgerðr Hölgabrúðr and Irpa (the first of the two described as Haakon’s patron goddess) who appear in the battle, kill many of the opposing fleet, and cause the remnants of their forces to flee. However, this depiction of a pagan prayer has been criticized as inaccurate due to the description of Haakon dropping to his knees.
The 11th century manuscript for the Anglo-Saxon charm Æcerbot presents what is thought to be an originally pagan prayer for the fertility of the speaker’s crops and land, though Christianization is apparent throughout the charm.[28] The 8th century Wessobrunn Prayer has been proposed as a Christianized pagan prayer and compared to the pagan Völuspá[29] and the Merseburg Incantations, the latter recorded in the 9th or 10th century but of much older traditional origins

Abrahamic religions

Bible
In the common Bible of the Abrahamic religions, various forms of prayer appear; the most common forms being petition, thanksgiving, and worship. The longest book in the Bible is the Book of Psalms, 150 religious songs which are often regarded as prayers. Other well-known Biblical prayers include the Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-18), the Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10), and the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). But perhaps the best-known prayer in the Christian Bible is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:2-4).
See also: Tanakh, New Testament, Prayer in the Hebrew Bible, and Prayer in the New Testament

Judaism

Jews pray three times a day, with lengthier prayers on special days, such as the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The siddur is the prayerbook used by Jews all over the world, containing a set order of daily prayers. Jewish prayer is usually described as having two aspects: kavanah (intention) and keva (the ritualistic, structured elements).
The most important Jewish prayers are the Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”) and the Amidah (“the standing prayer”).
Communal prayer is preferred over solitary prayer, and a quorum of 10 adult males (a minyan) is considered by Orthodox Judaism a prerequisite for several communal prayers.

Rationalist approach to prayer

In this view, ultimate goal of prayer is to help train a person to focus on divinity through philosophy and intellectual contemplation. This approach was taken by Maimonides and the other medieval rationalists. One example of this approach to prayer is noted by Rabbi Steven Weil, who was appointed the Orthodox Union’s Executive-Vice President in 2009. He notes that the word “prayer” is a derivative of the Latin “precari”, which means “to beg”. The Hebrew equivalent “tefilah”, however, along with its root “pelel” or its reflexive “l’hitpallel”, means the act of self-analysis or self-evaluation. This approach is sometimes described as the person praying having a dialogue or conversation with God.

Educational approach to prayer

In this view, prayer is not a conversation. Rather, it is meant to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, but not to influence. This has been the approach of Rabbenu Bachya, Yehuda Halevy, Joseph Albo, Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Joseph Dov Soloveitchik. This view is expressed by Rabbi Nosson Scherman in the overview to the Artscroll Siddur (p. XIII); note that Scherman goes on to also affirm the Kabbalistic view (see below).

Kabbalistic approach to prayer

Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) uses a series of kavanot, directions of intent, to specify the path the prayer ascends in the dialog with God, to increase its chances of being answered favorably. Kabbalists ascribe a higher meaning to the purpose of prayer, which is no less than affecting the very fabric of reality itself, restructuring and repairing the universe in a real fashion. In this view, every word of every prayer, and indeed, even every letter of every word, has a precise meaning and a precise effect. Prayers thus literally affect the mystical forces of the universe, and repair the fabric of creation.
Among Jews, this approach has been taken by the Chassidei Ashkenaz (German pietists of the Middle-Ages), the Arizal’s Kabbalist tradition, Ramchal, most of Hassidism, the Vilna Gaon, and Jacob Emden.

Christianity

Main articles: Prayer in Christianity and Christian worship

Christian prayers are quite varied. They can be completely spontaneous, or read entirely from a text, like the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Probably the most common and universal prayer among Christians is the Lord’s Prayer, which according to the gospel accounts is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Some Protestant denominations choose not to recite the Lord’s Prayer or other rote prayers.
Christians generally pray to God or to the Father. Some Christians (e.g., Catholics, Orthodox) will also ask the righteous in heaven and “in Christ,” such as Virgin Mary or other saints to intercede by praying on their behalf (intercession of saints). Formulaic closures include “through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, through all the ages of ages,” and “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
It is customary among Protestants to end prayers with “In Jesus’ name, Amen” or “In the name of Christ, Amen”[34] However, the most commonly used closure in Christianity is simply “Amen” (from a Hebrew adverb used as a statement of affirmation or agreement, usually translated as so be it).
There is also the form of prayer called hesychast which is a repetitious type of prayer for the purpose of meditation. In the Western or Latin Rite of Catholic Church, probably the most common is the Rosary; In the Eastern Church (the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church), the Jesus Prayer.
Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation which do not involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair the sins of others, e.g. for the repair of the sin of blasphemy performed by others

Pentecostalism

In Pentecostal congregations, prayer is often done by speaking in a foreign tongue, a practice now known as glossolalia.[36] Practitioners of Pentecostal glossolalia may claim that the languages they speak in prayer are real foreign languages, and that the ability to speak those languages spontaneously is a gift of the Holy Spirit;[37][38] however, many people outside the movement have offered alternative views. George Barton Cutten suggested that glossolalia was a sign of mental illness.[39] Felicitas Goodman suggested that tongue speakers were under a form of hypnosis.[40] Others suggest that it is a learned behaviour. Some of these views have allegedly been refuted

Christian Science

Christian Science teaches that prayer is a spiritualization of thought or an understanding of God and of the nature of the underlying spiritual creation. Adherents believe that this can result in healing, by bringing spiritual reality (the “Kingdom of Heaven” in Biblical terms) into clearer focus in the human scene. The world as it appears to the senses is regarded as a distorted version of the world of spiritual ideas. Prayer can heal the distortion. Christian Scientists believe that prayer does not change the spiritual creation but gives a clearer view of it, and the result appears in the human scene as healing: the human picture adjusts to coincide more nearly with the divine reality. Christian Scientists do not practice intercessory prayer as it is commonly understood, and they generally avoid combining prayer with medical treatment in the belief that the two practices tend to work against each other. (However, the choice of healing method is regarded as a matter for the individual, and the Christian Science Church exerts no pressure on members to avoid medical treatment if they wish to avail of it as an alternative to Christian Science healing.) Prayer works through love: the recognition of God’s creation as spiritual, intact, and inherently lovable

Prevalence of prayer for health

Some modalities of alternative medicine employ prayer. A survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, found that in 2002, 43% of Americans pray for their own health, 24% pray for others’ health, and 10% participate in a prayer group for their own healt

Islam

Muslims pray a ritualistic prayer called salah or salat in Arabic, facing the Kaaba in Mecca, five times a day. The command to pray is in the Quran in several chapters. The prophet Muhammed showed each Muslim the true method of offering prayers thus the same method is observed till date. There is the “call for prayer” (adhan or azaan), where the muezzin calls for all the followers to stand together for the prayer. The prayer consists of standing, by mentioning -àllàh o -àqbàr (God is great) followed by recitation of the first chapter of the Quran. After the person bends and praises god, then prostrates and again praises god. The prayer ends with the following words “peace and blessings be upon you”. During the prayer a Muslim cannot talk or do anything else besides praying. Once the prayer is complete one can offer voluntary prayers or supplicate -àllàh for his needs. There are also many standard duas or supplications, also in Arabic, to be recited at various times, e.g. for one’s parents, after salah, before eating. Muslims may also say dua in their own words and languages for any issue they wish to communicate with God in the hope that God will answer their prayers.[20] Certain Shia fiqhs pray 3 times a day.

Bahá’í

Main article: Prayer in the Bahá’í Faith
Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and `Abdu’l-Bahá have revealed many prayers for general use, and some for specific occasions, including for unity, detachment, spiritual upliftment, and healing among others. Bahá’ís are also required to recite each day one of three obligatory prayers revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. The believers have been enjoined to face in the direction of the Qiblih when reciting their Obligatory Prayer. The longest obligatory prayer may be recited at any time during the day; another, of medium length, is recited once in the morning, once at midday, and once in the evening; and the shortest can be recited anytime between noon and sunset. Bahá’ís also read from and meditate on the scriptures every morning and evening.

Eastern religions

In contrast with Western religion, Eastern religion for the most part discards worship and places devotional emphasis on the practice of meditation alongside scriptural study. Consequently, prayer is seen as a form of meditation or an adjunct practice to meditation

Buddhism

n certain Buddhist sects, prayer accompanies meditation. Buddhism for the most part sees prayer as a secondary, supportive practice to meditation and scriptural study. Gautama Buddha claimed that human beings possess the capacity and potential to be liberated, or enlightened, through contemplation, leading to insight. Prayer is seen mainly as a powerful psycho-physical practice that can enhance meditation.[48]
In the earliest Buddhist tradition, the Theravada, and in the later Mahayana tradition of Zen (or Chán), prayer plays only an ancillary role. It is largely a ritual expression of wishes for success in the practice and in helping all beings.[49][50][51][52]
The skillful means (Sanskrit: upaya) of the transfer of merit (Sanskrit: parinamana) is an evocation and prayer. Moreover, indeterminate buddhas are available for intercession as they reside in awoken-fields (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra).
The nirmanakaya of a awoken-field is what is generally known and understood as mandala. The opening and closing of the ring (Sanskrit: mandala) is an active prayer. An active prayer is a mindful activity, an activity in which mindfulness is not just cultivated but is.[53] A common prayer is “May the merit of my practice, adorn Buddhas’ Pure Lands, requite the fourfold kindness from above, and relieve the suffering of the three life-journeys below. Universally wishing sentient beings, Friends, foes, and karmic creditors, all to activate the bodhi mind, and all to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.” (願以此功德 莊嚴佛淨土 上報四重恩 下濟三途苦 普願諸眾生 冤親諸債主 悉發菩提心 同生極樂國)[54]
The Generation Stage (Sanskrit: utpatti-krama) of Vajrayana involves prayer elements.[55]
The Tibetan Buddhism tradition emphasizes an instructive and devotional relationship to a guru; this may involve devotional practices known as guru yoga which are congruent with prayer. It also appears that Tibetan Buddhism posits the existence of various deities, but the peak view of the tradition is that the deities or yidam are no more existent or real than the continuity (Sanskrit: santana; refer mindstream) of the practitioner, environment and activity. But how practitioners engage yidam or tutelary deities will depend upon the level or more appropriately yana at which they are practicing. At one level, one may pray to a deity for protection or assistance, taking a more subordinate role. At another level, one may invoke the deity, on a more equal footing. And at a higher level one may deliberately cultivate the idea that one has become the deity, whilst remaining aware that its ultimate nature is shunyata. The views of the more esoteric yana are impenetrable for those without direct experience and empowerment.
Pure Land Buddhism emphasizes the recitation by devotees of prayer-like mantras, a practice often called Nembutsu.[56]:190 On one level it is said that reciting these mantras can ensure rebirth into a sambhogakaya land (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra) after bodily dissolution, a sheer ball spontaneously co-emergent to a buddha’s enlightened intention. According to Shinran, the founder of the Pure Land Buddhism tradition that is most prevalent in the US[56]:193[57] “for the long haul nothing is as efficacious as the Nembutsu.”[56]:197[58] On another, the practice is a form of meditation aimed at achieving realization.[citation needed]
But beyond all these practices the Buddha emphasized the primacy of individual practice and experience. He said that supplication to gods or deities was not necessary. Nevertheless, today many lay people in East Asian countries pray to the Buddha in ways that resemble Western prayer—asking for intervention and offering devotion.

Hinduism

Hinduism has incorporated many kinds of prayer (Sanskrit: prārthanā), from fire-based rituals to philosophical musings. While chanting involves ‘by dictum’ recitation of timeless verses or verses with timings and notations, dhyanam involves deep meditation (however short or long) on the preferred deity/God. Again the object to which prayers are offered could be a persons referred as devtas, trinity or incarnation of either devtas or trinity or simply plain formless meditation as practiced by the ancient sages. All of these are directed to fulfilling personal needs or deep spiritual enlightenment. Ritual invocation was part and parcel of the Vedic religion and as such permeated their sacred texts. Indeed, the highest sacred texts of the Hindus, the Vedas, are a large collection of mantras and prayer rituals. Classical Hinduism came to focus on extolling a single supreme force, Brahman, that is made manifest in several lower forms as the familiar gods of the Hindu pantheon[dubious – discuss]. Hindus in India have numerous devotional movements. Hindus may pray to the highest absolute God Brahman, or more commonly to Its three manifestations namely creator god called Brahma, preserver god called Vishnu and destroyer god (so that the creation cycle can start afresh) Shiva, and at the next level to Vishnu’s avatars (earthly appearances) Rama and Krishna or to many other male or female deities. Typically, Hindus pray with their hands (the palms) joined together in pranam. The hand gesture is similar to the popular Indian greeting namaste.

Jainism

Although Jains believe that no spirit or divine being can assist them on their path, they do hold some influence, and on special occasions, Jains will pray for right knowledge to the twenty-four Tirthankaras (saintly teachers) or sometimes to Hindu deities such as Ganesha.

Shinto

The practices involved in Shinto prayer are heavily influenced by Buddhism; Japanese Buddhism has also been strongly influenced by Shinto in turn. The most common and basic form of devotion involves throwing a coin, or several, into a collection box, ringing a bell, clapping one’s hands, and contemplating one’s wish or prayer silently. The bell and hand clapping are meant to wake up or attract the attention of the kami of the shrine, so that one’s prayer may be heard.
Shinto prayers quite frequently consist of wishes or favors asked of the kami, rather than lengthy praises or devotions. Unlike in certain other faiths, it is not considered irregular or inappropriate to ask favors of the kami in this way, and indeed many shrines are associated with particular favors, such as success on exams.
In addition, one may write one’s wish on a small wooden tablet, called an ema, and leave it hanging at the shrine, where the kami can read it. If the wish is granted, one may return to the shrine to leave another ema as an act of thanksgiving.

Sikhism

The Ardās (Punjabi: ਅਰਦਾਸ) is a Sikh prayer that is done before performing or after undertaking any significant task; after reciting the daily Banis (prayers); or completion of a service like the Paath (scripture reading/recitation), kirtan (hymn-singing) program or any other religious program. In Sikhism, these prayers are also said before and after eating. The prayer is a plea to God to support and help the devotee with whatever he or she is about to undertake or has done.
The Ardas is usually always done standing up with folded hands. The beginning of the Ardas is strictly set by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When it comes to conclusion of this prayer, the devotee uses word like “Waheguru please bless me in the task that I am about to undertake” when starting a new task or “Akal Purakh, having completed the hymn-singing, we ask for your continued blessings so that we can continue with your memory and remember you at all times”, etc. The word “Ardās” is derived from Persian word ‘Arazdashat’, meaning a request, supplication, prayer, petition or an address to a superior authority.
Ardās is a unique prayer based on the fact that it is one of the few well-known prayers in the Sikh religion that was not written in its entirety by the Gurus. The Ardās cannot be found within the pages of the Guru Granth Sahib because it is a continually changing devotional text that has evolved over time in order for it to encompass the feats, accomplishments, and feelings of all generations of Sikhs within its lines. Taking the various derivation of the word Ardās into account, the basic purpose of this prayer is an appeal to Waheguru for his protection and care, as well as being a plea for the welfare and prosperity of all mankind, and a means for the Sikhs to thank Waheguru for all that he has done

Taoism

Prayer in Taoism is less common than Fulu, which is the drawing and writing of supernatural talismans

Animism

Although prayer in its literal sense is not used in animism, communication with the spirit world is vital to the animist way of life. This is usually accomplished through a shaman who, through a trance, gains access to the spirit world and then shows the spirits’ thoughts to the people. Other ways to receive messages from the spirits include using astrology or contemplating fortune tellers and healers. The native religions in some parts of North, East and South Asia, America, Africa, and Oceania are often animistic.

America

The Aztec religion was not strictly animist. It had an ever increasing pantheon of deities, and the shamans performed ritual prayer to these deities in their respective temples. These shamans made petitions to the proper deities in exchange for a sacrifice offering: food, flowers, effigies, and animals, usually quail. But the larger the thing required from the God the larger the sacrifice had to be, and for the most important rites one would offer one’s own blood; by cutting his ears, arms, tongue, thighs, chest or genitals, and often a human life; either warrior, slave, or even self-sacrifice.[63]
The Pueblo Indians are known to have used prayer sticks, that is, sticks with feathers attached as supplicatory offerings. The Hopi Indians used prayer sticks as well, but they attached to it a small bag of sacred meat

Australia

In Australia, prayers to the “Great Wit” are performed by the “clever wapmen” and “clever women”, or kadji. These Aboriginal shamans use maban or mabain, the material that is believed to give them their purported magical powers

Neopaganism

Adherents to forms of modern Neopaganism pray to various gods. The most commonly worshiped and prayed to gods are those of Pre-Christian Europe, such as Celtic, Norse, or Graeco-Roman gods. Prayer can vary from sect to sect, and with some (such as Wicca) prayer may also be associated with ritual magick.

Theurgy and Western Esotericism

Practitioners of theurgy and western esotericism may practice a form of ritual which utilizes both pre-sanctioned prayers and names of God, and prayers “from the heart” that, when combined, allows the participant to ascend spiritually, and in some instances, induce a trance in which God or other spiritual beings may be realized. Very similar to hermetic qabala, and orthodox qabala, it is believed that prayer can influence both the physical and non-physical worlds. The use of ritualistic signs and names are believed to be archetypes in which the subconscious may take form as the Inner God, or another spiritual being, and the “prayer from the heart” to be that spiritual force speaking through the participant.

Meher Baba

The Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba emphasized both the beauty of prayer as praise and the power of prayer as petition:
“The ideal prayer to the Lord is nothing more than spontaneous praise of His being. You praise Him, not in the spirit of bargain but in the spirit of self-forgetful appreciation of what He really is. You praise Him because He is praiseworthy. Your praise is a spontaneous appreciative response to his true being, as infinite light, infinite power and infinite bliss.”[66]
“Through repeated sincere prayers it is possible to effect an exit from the otherwise inexorable working out of the law of karma. The forgiveness asked from God evokes from Him His inscrutable grace, which alone can give new direction to the inexorable karmic determination

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preghiera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer

E’ sempre


E’ sempre

E’ sempre Amore
il canto che cerca voce
tra le corse folli
o nei silenzi – pause e ricerca –

E’ sempre sogno – o realtà –
che tu conosci
ma senza solitudine
se ancora trovi chi ascolta
nel vento la tua anima

14.12.2003 Poetyca

It ‘s always

It ‘s always Love
singing voice that tries
between runs wild
or silence – pause and research –

It ‘s always a dream – or reality –
you know
but not alone
if you still find the listener
wind in your soul

14.12.2003 Poetyca

Sogni nuovi


Sogni nuovi

La notte è lunga
con le sue carezze di gelo
il cuore è stanco
e cerca riposo
Sogna l’anima e danza
Arriverà il tempo
senza stagioni
per tingere ancora
questo cielo
Aurora si protende
nel suo abbraccio
senza ferire i sogni nuovi

14.12.2003 Poetyca

New dreams

The night is long
with its cold caresses
the heart is tired
and seeking rest
Dreams and soul dance
Will arrive on time
seasonless
to dye again
the sky
Aurora stretches
in its embrace
without injuring the new dreams

14.12.2003 Poetyca

The Clash – Full Concert – 03/08/80 – Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)


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I Clash sono stati un gruppo musicale british punk britannico. Attivi dal 1976 al 1986, furono uno dei gruppi più acclamati dalla critica del periodo. Formati principalmente da Joe Strummer (voce, chitarra ritmica), Mick Jones (chitarra solista, voce), Paul Simonon (basso, voce) e Nick “Topper” Headon (batteria, percussioni). Headon lasciò il gruppo nel 1982, e Jones nel 1983, il gruppo proseguì con nuovi membri negli anni successivi, ma all’inizio del 1986 si sciolse definitivamente.

I Clash erano famosi per la loro varietà musicale (nel loro repertorio trovano posto reggae, dub, rap, rockabilly e altri generi), per la sofisticatezza lirica e politica che li distingueva dalla maggior parte dei loro colleghi appartenenti al movimento punk e per le loro esibizioni dal vivo particolarmente intense. Inseriti al trentesimo posto nella classifica degli artisti immortali stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone, i Clash sono anche noti come The Only Band That Matters (l’unico gruppo che conti).

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clash

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae,dub, funk, ska and rockabilly. For most of their recording career the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones’s departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it was released there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1982 they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit “Rock the Casbah”, helping the album to achieve a 2× Platinum certification there. Their final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

The Clash’s politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular.[2] They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters”, originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group’s record label, CBS. In January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Critic Sean Egan summarised what made them exceptional by writing, “They were a group whose music was, and is, special to their audience because that music insisted on addressing the conditions of poverty, petty injustice, and mundane life experienced by the people who bought their records. Moreover, although their rebel stances were often no more than posturing, from the Clash’s stubborn principles came a fundamental change in the perception of what is possible in the music industry, from subject matter to authenticity to quality control to price ceilings.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clash

Passi solitari


Passi solitari

Sentimenti mai espressi
cammini celati
senza toccare
la verità nascosta – il distacco –
nel rimpianto la perdita
di quel che non è stato…

Passi solitari su una spiaggia
maledendo il silenzio
stringendo il pugno

30.10.2003 Poetyca

Lonely walk

Never expressed feelings
hidden paths
without touching
the hidden truth – the gap –
regret the loss
of what was not …

Solitary walk on a beach
cursing the silence
clenching fist

30.10.2003 Poetyca

Foglie


Foglie

Tra le foglie
è smarrito il tuo sguardo
ricerca di vita
tra muti colori
Accartocciati silenzi
che spingono il tempo
tra pareti stanche

Tra le foglie
si smorza il sorriso
in passi d’Autunno
e lacrime amare

Ma sia una
una soltanto
la certezza:
Che dopo la pioggia
compaia il sole
per far dono di sè
e di nuovo colore

04.11.2003 Poetyca

Leaves

Among the leaves
you lost your sight
search for life
between mute colors
Crumpled silences
that lead time
between walls tired

Among the leaves
The smile fades
Autumn in steps
and bitter tears

But it is a
only one
sure:
After the rain
the sun appears
to self-giving
and new color

04.11.2003 Poetyca

Spirito girovago


Spirito girovago

Non voglio più
spendere parole
srotolare matasse
che diano l’ampiezza
del mio sentire
– sterile voce –
in un deserto vuoto

A che serve cercare
d’udire voci sornione
che poltriscono
e non accolgono
quel che sono

Si proiettano ombre
da fiammella generate
passi scalzi nell’anima
che conoscono
solo eco di nuvole

Non sono mie le colpe
se non tentano di capire
e anche il silenzio
questa sera è denso

Raccatto i miei pensieri
ed io spirito girovago
andrò altrove a dipingere
tutto quel che sono

Non mi cercate
tra sabbia nel vento
e colori di speranze
che voi forse non capirete

31.10.2003 Poetyca

Spirit rover

I do not want
spend words
roll coils
giving the amplitude
my feeling
– Sterile item –
in an empty desert

What good look
to hear voices sly
that lounging
and welcome
what are

They cast shadows
flame generated by
walk barefoot in the soul
who know
only echo of clouds

Are not my faults
if not try to understand
and the silence
tonight is dense

Picked up my thoughts
and I wandering spirit
I’ll go elsewhere to paint
all that are

I look
between sand in the wind
and color of hope
you may not understand

31.10.2003 Poetyca

Il silenzio


Il silenzio

Senti il peso del silenzio
quando non sei solo
– parole senza senso –
che non ti raggiungono
eco che rimbalzano
per comprendere
che tra la folla
ti tuffi in strade
di vuota solitudine

Ma c’è chi nella mente
vorrebbe il frastuono
Insopportabile silenzio:
urla per coprire voce
Meglio la folla avvolgente
trascina come serpente
e porta lontano
dal proprio ascolto

21.11.2003 Poetyca

Silence

Feel the weight of silence
when you’re not alone
– Gibberish –
you do not reach
echo bouncing
to understand
that the crowd
you dive into streets
of empty loneliness

But some people in mind
would like the noise
Unbearable silence
screams to cover voice
Better crowd enveloping
drag as a snake
and takes away
from your listening

21.11.2003 Poetyca

Famiglie dolenti


Famiglie dolenti

Perduti sogni
per vane speranze
tra lacrime rapprese
su ciglia silenti
Nessun ricordo
resterà scolpito
nel tempo tiranno
di una nazione
tratta in inganno
Solo famiglie dolenti
che porteranno dentro
il grande vuoto
di chi perduto
solo per loro
non sarà mai spento

18.11.2003 Poetyca


Grieving families

Lost dreams
for vain hopes
between tears congealed
silent on eyelashes
No memory
remain engraved
time tyrant
a nation
misled
Only families grieving
leading into
the great void
losing
only for their
will never be quenched

18.11.2003 Poetyca

Ascolto


Ascolto

T’abbraccia il calore
che del silenzio è dono
pochi attimi soltanto
per raccogliere
del tuo cuore il suono

Si stagliano le immagini
di mille altri momenti
passati e lontani
ma che sfiori in un lampo

Sinuose le emozioni
ti raggiungono
e ti proietti
dove il sorriso ritrovi
come gemme nascenti
che ti regaleranno frutto

26.01.2003 Poetyca

Listening

I embrace the heat
that is the gift of silence
only a few seconds
to collect
the sound of your heart

Stand pictures
a thousand other times
passed away
but touches in a flash

Sinuous emotions
you reach
and propels you
where to find the smile
as nascent buds
that gives you fruit

26.01.2003 Poetyca

My “Best Of… Elvis Costello And The Attractions” Compilation



Elvis Costello, pseudonimo di Declan Patrick MacManus (Londra, 25 agosto 1954), è un cantautore, chitarrista e compositore britannico. Ha iniziato la sua carriera negli anni settanta come esponente della scena pub rock londinese, prima che il suo nome venisse associato ai movimenti punk e new wave della seconda metà degli anni ’70.[1]

Il suo acclamato album d’esordio My Aim Is True è stato registrato nel 1976. Poco tempo dopo ha formato il gruppo The Attractions, che lo ha accompagnato negli anni seguenti.

Nel corso della sua carriera ha vinto numerosi premi, incluso un Grammy Award ed ha ricevuto due nomination ai BRIT Award nella categoria “Best British Male”. Elvis Costello e The Attractions sono inclusi nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nel 2004 Costello è stato inserito nella lista dei 100 artisti più grandi di tutti i tempi secondo Rolling Stone alla posizione #80.[2]

Tra le sue canzoni più celebri vi sono Alison, Everyday I Write the Book, I Wanna Be Loved, God’s Comic, Shipbuilding, I Almost Had a Weakness, The Man Out of Time, She e Almost Blue.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Costello

Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter.[3] He began his career as part of London’s pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s.[4][5] His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1977. Shortly after recording his first album he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album, This Year’s Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, and features his most successful single “Oliver’s Army”. His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[6]

Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986. Much of Costello’s work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello’s lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a “pop encyclopaedia”, able to “reinvent the past in his own image”.[7]

Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.[8] In 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[9] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[10]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Costello

Tutta la vita


Tutta la vita

Mai lunga è la notte
se sai cercare tra le stelle
la via mai perduta

Anche se scivola il tempo
e resta qualche ferita
tu lo sai che puoi sperare

Mai sola lungo il sentiero
se guardi quell’anima vicina
che ti fa lume con un sorriso

E tu lo sai ne sei sicura
perchè senti la voce
nel cuore che batte

E se cadi trovi sostegno
nelle emozioni che
ti raccontano tutta la vita

20.01.2003 Poetyca

Lifetime

Never is a long night
If you can look to the stars
never lost the way

Even if the time slips
and remains some injury
you know that you can hope

Never alone along the path
soul if you look close
that makes you light with a smile

And you know it you’re sure
because you hear the sound
in beating heart

And if you fall you will find support
emotions that
tell you all my life

20.01.2003 Poetyca

Solo brividi


Solo brividi

Se ti guardi intorno
non trovi i riflessi del cuore
solo questo buio
che non porterà lontano

Tasche vuote
senza meta
in oscuri orizzonti
come trappole mortali

Troppi dubbi
troppe paure
e la tua luce che chiama
solo occhi che non sanno guardare

Se ti arrampichi sui muri
delle divisioni
non trovi i percorsi
che nessuno vuol più segnare

E nel gemito della notte
tra le stelle ormai lontane
solo brividi raccolgono spazi
ma la speranza non la sai abbandonare

11.03.2003 Poetyca

Only chills

If you look around
are not reflections of the heart
only this dark
that will not away

Empty pockets
aimlessly
in dark horizons
as deadly traps

Too many doubts
too many fears
and your call light
only eyes that can look

If you climb the walls
Divisions
can not find paths
that nobody wants to score more

And the moan of the night
amongst the stars far away now
chills collect only spaces
But hope
you are not able to leave it

11.03.2003 Poetyca

Sospiri di luce


Sospiri di luce

Illusione o sogno
ma si resta comunque in attesa
sono attimi
frammenti che portano
luce in un firmamento buio
Perdute rotte
che segnano il cammino
ed alleviano fatiche
ad un cuore ormai stanco

Piccole ali
sospiri silenti
di chi vuol lasciare
un’indelebile segno
in cielo

18.11.2003 Poetyca

Sighs of light

Illusion or a dream
but remains on hold
are moments
fragments bearing
light in a dark sky
Lost routes
that mark the path
and relieve fatigue
a tired heart

Small wings
silent sigh
who wants to leave
an indelible mark
in heaven

18.11.2003 Poetyca

Pugni chiusi


Pugni chiusi

Vita vuota
di occhi e parole
legate solitudini
che non prendono sole
Pensieri muti
senza più forze
e quando tutto si offre
per compensare silenzi
chiudi i pugni ed il cuore

21.11.2003 Poetyca

Fists

Empty life
eyes and words
linked solitudes
who do not take sun
Dumb thoughts
without more forces
and when everything has
to compensate for silence
close fists and heart

21.11.2003 Poetyca