Music Played16 items
Lenny Kravitz California
Lenny Kravitz - Baptism, Parlophone
Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up
Andy Grammer, S-Curve, 1
Alison Limerick Where Love Lives
(CD Single), BMG
The Velvelettes The Velvelettes - Needle In A Haystack
Leaders Of The Pack (Various Artists, Polygram Tv, 6
The Robert Cray Band A Memo
(CD Single), Provogue Records, 1
Stevie Wonder Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday
Stevie Wonder Greatest Hits Vol.2, Motown
The Overtones Love Song
Higher, Warner Bros, 1
Pause For Thought
Queen Friends Will Be Friends
Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone
Stereophonics Indian Summer
(CD Single), Stylus Records, 1
Paolo Nutini Pencil Full Of Lead
(CD Single), Atlantic, 1
Dido No Freedom
(CD Single), RCA, 1
Betty Everett It's In His Kiss
Unchained Melodies II (Various Artis, Telstar
California 37, Columbia, 1
Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is
Burning Hearts (Various Artists), Telstar
KC and The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
Billboard Top Hits 1975, Rhino
Word Of The Day
Fenugreek - is a plant cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop, and is a common ingredient in dishes from the Indian Subcontinent.
The word comes from the Latin fænum Græcum meaning ‘Greek hay’ because it was used extensively as fodder for animals.
Pause For Thought with author, screenwriter and magazine editor Martin Saunders
The American President – played by Jack Nicholson – looks the foreign invader in the eye. Determined to avert the impending war between their two races, he gives the speech of his political life. Instead of fighting, he suggests friendship. ‘Think how strong we would be,’ he says. ‘Earth… and Mars… together.’
This is the key moment in the nineties sci-fi comedy ‘Mars Attacks!’ The aliens point a lethal-looking ray gun at Jack, but that doesn’t stop him from delivering his personal ‘I have a dream…’ speech. He utters his plea for peace: ‘Why can’t we all just… get along?’ And then the Martians kill him.
Despite the sudden plot turn, what sticks with me is his question and the sentiment behind it, which transcends an underrated movie.
When I think about real-life conflict, I imagine some war-torn trouble spot; or simmering tensions closer to home. Perhaps between people of different postal districts; of differing colour, class, or religion.
To all of these, that same question can be asked. It’s easy to dismiss as naive the idea that we could live in unity and friendship with people of different faiths, cultures and attitudes to our own.
And yet, I believe it’s possible to learn to better co-exist. That I could learn to befriend and understand those different to me; to put their needs ahead of my own.
I believe that we are all created in the image of God, but I can sometimes fail to apply that. I wonder what might happen to my own prejudices, if I began to truly see others through that lens? As fellow children of God, equally loved by Him. Perhaps then, the idea that we might better learn to ‘get along’ could start to seem a little less naïve.
In the aftermath of the riots that shook Los Angeles in 1992, their central figure made the same simple plea. Though he’d suffered a brutal and public beating, Rodney King sought to bring people together. When his opportunity to address the nation came, he simply turned to the camera and asked that same question: ‘Can’t we all just get along?’
Today, I’m going to enjoy a moment of naivety and consider again: why can’t we?