In Praise of Simplicity (Music for Mondays)

It’s summer time, the kids are out of school, and the days are long and warm. There is less time to spend reading blogs and writing posts. More time to spend outdoors and enjoying life. Like working in the garden, for example, and on the yard. Smelling the flowers, and picking vegetables. Taking the kids swimming, or to a matinee. Catching fireflies and frogs.

You understand what I’m saying and so do these artists with their songs. There are seven of them for you to enjoy here; five of them with the same title! Well, almost.  Please enjoy them, remember them, and hum them while you keep things in perspective. For as the Psalmist said, “The LORD protects the simple”(Psalms 116:6).

No lyrics, no lead-ins, just simplicity on a summer Monday morning.

First up, Jewel, with Simple Gifts.  This is her excellent rendition of an old Shaker hymn.

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Remember the Blue Brothers when they played the gig and Elwood asks “What kind of music do you guys like here?” And  the answer was “both kinds: Country and Western.” This is “country” performed by Randy Travis.  The Simple Things.

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Amy Kuney, Simple Things. A new artist, I don’t know much about her except that I like this song!

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Joe Cocker, Simple Things. Same title, different take by a guy who has been around the block.

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Amy Grant, Simple Things. The fourth song with the same title; something about simplicity appeals to us.

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Zero 7, Simple Things. Number five with this title and actually, I like the way it sounds as much as I like what it says.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simple Man. Yep, I’m a Southerner and this one is a standard around my neck of the woods. 

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  • Sandy

    Nice selections in an unexpected and thoroughly appropriate direction!

  • Connie Rossini

    Frank, I hate to make my first post on your site negative, but I had to say something about the photo of Jewel in the first video. Do you really think her indecent attire promotes Catholic values? I see a lot of pictures on Catholic websites and in diocesan papers with women wearing revealing outfits, but I think this is one of the worst. It objectifies women and, I would bet, is a near occasion of sin for many of the men who visit your site. Some might even look at it and say, "This is why I am not Catholic"–using it as evidence that Catholics don't practice what they preach. Just some friendly criticism!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah … Summertime … when the livin' is easy … fish are bitin' … and the cotton is high … Thank God for Simple Times of Summer!

  • Frank

    Connie, thanks for the feedback. I couldn't find a video of Jewel that makes her look like Joe Cocker =). Seriously though, I didn't spend much time looking at her image. Instead, I spent more time listening to her sing Simple Gifts so beautifully.