For Everything there is a Season ..

Posted On: Monday - July 27th 2020 7:04PM MST
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  Music  Bible/Religion  Poetic Stupidity

..turn, turn, turn.

(Like a number of other days when I get fixated on commenting, I didn't leave enough time for a period to right up a good post. I have plenty in the works, as stupidity is not winding down anytime soon, from what I see.)

The Biblical book Ecclesiastes contains some poetic writing that most of us have heard. It's Chapter 3, verses 1 through 8:
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
If you recall this from somewhere else beside the Bible, it is from the 1960s rock band The Byrds. There wonderful song Turn, Turn, Turn comes almost directly from the Book of Ecclesiastes, with only slight changes to the poetic wording. I heard the song first, myself.

Where does America stand? What time is it?

The Byrds has the sound of a 1960s band, and it was in the middle of that decade when they had their heyday. I love that bright guitar sound.

The Byrds
Roger McGuinn – lead guitar, banjo, Moog synthesizer, vocals
Gene Clark – tambourine, rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals
David Crosby – rhythm guitar, vocals*
Michael Clarke – drums
Chris Hillman – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals

Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman formed the aptly named McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman in the late 1970s. They had the same sound.

* Famous also, of course, from Crosby, Stills, and Nash (and sometimes Young), featured on Peak Stupidity with Teach your Children Well and Southern Cross. David Crosby left the Byrds in 1967.

Wednesday - July 29th 2020 10:08AM MST
PS Adam, it’s hard to imagine any peace unless we completely surrender. Even that might not be enough. Regarding music, I listened to the popular music of my youth—British invasion (I actually go back a few years before that), Airplane, Byrds, Dylan, Cream, Motown—but starting in the mid-seventies I’ve focused principally on American roots music, mainly the blues, but also bluegrass and other Appalachian string-band music, and Cajun.
Adam Smith
Wednesday - July 29th 2020 9:26AM MST
PS: I too hope I'm right Mr. Moderator...

Unfortunately, it seems less likely with each passing day.

Tuesday - July 28th 2020 8:45PM MST
PS: I'm glad I found some music you like, Mr. Blanc. Adam, I hope you are right, but I wouldn't swear on the Bible about it. My money is basically bet against this.
Tuesday - July 28th 2020 11:59AM MST
PS One of my favorite groups of my youth. Listened to “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” many times whilst tripping on acid.
Adam Smith
Tuesday - July 28th 2020 7:57AM MST
PS: A time for peace, I swear it's not too late.

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