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Albert Einstein

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Noah Marlowe is a fine fellow and a peachy dancer! Besides being super talented and highly intelligent, he’s a real good kid. I give a tip o’ the hat to his parents, Michael and Dana, for raising such a fine young man. I use the term “young man” knowingly because on many levels Noah is far ahead of his years. And then again, he’s thirteen. It’s a delicate balance to maintain, but the Marlowe family has handled this young prodigy quite well.

Both Michael and Dana are educators, so it seems that they’ve brought their experience to their own family most successfully.

When I first met Noah at age twelve he walked into my apartment in NYC wearing a tee shirt with Albert Einstein’s face plastered across the front. Hanging in my entrance hall was a 4×5 foot painting of Albert as well – my own personal hero. Immediately I knew we had a connection.

Here was a kid who was already a seasoned vet on Broadway who was also deeply interested in quantum physics and seemed to live in a world far above the usual banal clichés of most pre-teens. I took an immediate liking to him.

It was only natural to write the first song for him entitled, Albert Einstein. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up and be like Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals. So to aspire to be like the generally considered world’s smartest human was a most interesting choice for a 12-year old. In a way, it set the tone for the album.

Albert Einstein

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Part of me wants to be just like Albert

Just like Albert

Albert Einstein

If I only had the smarts

If I only had the brain

I’d think a million thoughts

That would bollix the mind

Change the way the future will remember mankind

Leave Sir Isaac Newton and his apple far behind

And drive my fellow physicists insane

Oh part of me wants to be just like Albert

Just like Albert

Albert Einstein

 

Yeah part of me wants to be just like Albert

Wise old Albert

Albert Einstein

If I only had the gift

Of a two hundred IQ

I’d change a lot of things

Yeah I’d know just what to do

I could 3D print my body an’ keep it up on the shelf

Take it down at night an’ have a talkin’ to myself

I might even lose all track of who was who

 

Yeah part of me wants to be just like Albert

My pal Albert

Albert Einstein

 

Yeah, I’d be known as a young savant

I’m not talkin’ no dilettante,

But the sage of quantum physics

Well I’d spend all my time

Dreaming up ‘ventions of the mind

Like zero calorie ice cream

Bicycles that can fly

Traveling on a light beam

And dogs that wouldn’t die

I’d open up a store on-line and call it

Einstein’s Designs And Inventions Of The Mind

And the world would line up at my door

Roaring “More, more,

We Want More!

More of that Einsteinian soul

Yeah, more of that Einsteinian soul!!”

 

So part of me wants to be just like Albert

Good ol’ Albert

Albert Einstein

If I only had the grasp

If I only had the wit

I’d stun the literati

Thinking out of the box

With my hair all out of whack and my two eccentric sox

I would stand among the giants

Oh yeah, that rocks!

And when it came to school, I’d quit!

 

Oh part of me wants to be just like Albert

Ooooo Albert

Albert Einstein

 

Oh Mr. Einstein

Can I call ya’ Albert?

We’ll be hangin’ out!

Shootin’ pool!

Workin’ equations!!

Playin’ video games!!!

Debatin’ the variances of string theory …

Cool!

Hey Albert, let’s take a break n’ go skinny dippin’

He’s my pal …

Al

Noah Marlowe – Broadway Child Star

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Noah Marlowe - At Age 12

Noah Marlowe – At Age 12

I first worked with Noah Marlowe a couple of years ago on our Miracle Of Faith CD project that I wrote with Dora Redman and produced for Watchfire Music. He sang one of the three songs along with Julia Wade and me that told the Bible story of the five loaves and two fishes.

Back then Noah had just turned twelve and was already an experienced Broadway performer having worked in such shows as Mary PoppinsElf, The Musical, Moss Hart’s Act One and I Am Harvey Milk.

I was so impressed with his voice and especially his sturdy character and professionalism that when the CD project ended, I approached his parents with the idea of doing an album with Noah and capturing this amazing child’s sound and instrument for posterity before he grew up and his voice were to change from boy soprano to teenager.

All were excited about the idea of the project and so once the business of contracts and schedule were taken care of, I got to work writing and finding songs for Noah to record.

In the meantime he was hired to perform a role in the Goodspeed Opera’s musical, LMNOP. I was fine with this because I needed to write and make some difficult decisions as to just what kind of CD we wanted to produce. Was it to be a Broadway album of songs or a pop album or something in between?

Both Noah and I decided on something in between.

Though absolutely the right idea, this turned out to be the hardest choice for me because that opens the field to just about anything and that’s not always a good thing when it comes to creating. I prefer specificity and that means narrowing down the field, not opening it up.

But as I got to know Noah better over the coming months, various subjects arose as we talked that seemed to be reflections of this brilliant child’s mind. Though most of his schooling was tutoring on the road and not at all normal, he was a straight A student whose interests were not always the typical interests of a 12-year old boy. For one, he was deeply interested in quantum physics. In our very first meeting we had found that we both had a mutual hero in Albert Einstein.

His experience doing LMNOP at Goodspeed and a ridiculous performance schedule of sometimes 12 shows a week left him exhausted and voice tired at a time when I really wanted to get going and begin recording. The pressure of getting this voice recorded before it began to change grew stronger month after month as I waited for the voice that I had anticipated to come back. Then when he finally got over his voice fatigue, he went through a series of colds that again played havoc with this most special instrument.

Then he turned 13. Over a year had gone by.

“Yikes,” thought I. What if all of my orchestrations had been created in the wrong key? Over a year of work down the drain …

But then the summer started and the sun came out and the weather warmed the land. Noah had grown six inches and begun to fill out. His speaking voice had begun to lower. The change was inevitable.

But finally he was able to sing like the Noah that I had signed about a year and a half ago. We created a killer recording schedule that took us through last summer and, though the work was grueling and oftimes taxing for both Noah and his family, the vocal sessions were completed by the beginning of September 2015. The soprano voice that I had written for had survived the summer. The album had been completed in time.

I breathed a sigh of relief as I began the mixes. We’re releasing it in early November. Stay tuned and I’ll take you through the journey of Noah Marloe’s Inventions Of The Mind on a more insightful level. There are some funny and fascinating stories regarding the making of this most special CD.

Interview With Noah Marlowe

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Noah Marlowe Celebrating Life w/ Butter Beer

Noah Marlowe Celebrating Life w/ Butter Beer

Noah Marlowe – Age 12

Broadway
Act One                                    Mossy/Bernie                        Lincoln Center

Off-Broadway
Fun Home                                Christian                        The Public Theatre

National Tour
Elf the Musical                          Michael                                    National Tour

Boy Stuff
Baseball, Basketball, Skateboarding, Dance Ballet, Dance Jazz, Dance Tap, Singer

Recording
Miracle Of Faith                        The Boy                      Watchfire Music

Interview Conducted by Amy Duncan

So Noah, have you always enjoyed singing?

When I was little I’d always sing with my sister in the car…we’d always sing Seussical, the musical, together.

Have you had any musical training? I know you don’t read music, but how about vocal lessons?

I’ve had four or five years of vocal training, which started when I was around seven or eight.

Do you think it’s important to know how to read music, or is it enough to have a good ear?

I think that reading music is a really good skill, but in the projects that I’ve done, I haven’t found it necessary because they’ve always just taught me the music, so I haven’t had to learn how to read it.

So you must have a really good ear, then!

Yes, I try…thanks!

You made your Broadway debut in Mary Poppins when you were ten. Did you do any performing in public before that?

I’d done some regional work before that, but not anything of that caliber and prestigiousness.

Actors and singers often say they perform differently each night because the audiences change. Is that true for you?

Yeah, I think it’s very true. The audiences respond differently every night, and so do the performers. What I find really interesting is that with lines that aren’t even funny, people laugh—audiences have their own way of taking in what’s going on, so I feel like the actors often change their performances due to the audience’s reaction.

I bet you can feel the audience’s vibe the minute you walk out onto the stage.

The first time I was in front of an audience, right when I got out there, I was like, I want to do this for a living. Once you feel the audience’s presence like that, it’s just really amazing.

I see that you’ve studied dance. Have you done any dancing in your performances?

We’ve done a lot of choreography, kind of like jazz, but not any tapping or ballet or that kind of stuff. But in Mary Poppins, for instance, there was a lot of choreography.

Let’s talk about Miracle Of Faith, the project you did with Peter Link. What did you think when your dad told you about the job?

It sounded really interesting, and I looked up Peter, and I was just amazed at how much he did. And at the first appointment I had with Peter I knew that this was going to be an amazing project.

And what about when you saw what it involved? You’d never recorded in a studio before and you don’t read music…how did you feel about that?

It seemed like a challenge, but I knew that Peter and everyone would help me through it. He always emphasized getting into the character, which was really helpful in terms of learning the song. Peter’s a great guy, he’s really nice.

It’s a long song, too! How did you go about memorizing it?

In the recording booth, there was a music stand just in case I needed to look at it. But I knew about 95% of it, because we went over it every night, constantly saying the lines and continuing to go over them. Eventually when you familiarize yourself with it so much, it just kind of gets into your bones.

There’s hardly any information about this boy with the basket of fish and bread in the Bible story. As an actor, how did you prepare for the character?

Well, the lyrics did a lot of that for me—they were very informative and I thought they were very good, and as you get into the character you find the story. So once you get into the character, you just kind of make these acting choices. And Peter did so much, and he helped me so much with making this character what it is, with forming this character for myself.

I listened to the recording, and thought it was magnificent. I kept thinking it would be great if it could be staged—did you feel that, too?

Yes, it was a very powerful album and I thought it was great—that’s very funny you should say that, because I was thinking that before! (laughs)

What about your school? What happens when you’re touring?

Normally I go to public school, but when I was touring, unfortunately they didn’t provide the tutors, so we got a lot of work from our school and did that. But I’m doing a show at Lincoln Center right now, and during the rehearsal process they provided tutors—multiple tutors for the different subjects. There are only two kids in the show.

What do the kids you go to school with think about your career?

I don’t really think that they take notice, I mean I don’t really go around talking about it. When I leave school they notice, but they don’t really have any interest in this field, so…

Getting away from music for a bit, what do you like to do in your free time?

I love to read—I read all the time. I always have a book in my hand. I loved The DaVinci Code, and I’m reading a book right now that I really like a lot called Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. He’s a famous author, and it’s just a really good book about an author and his mentor.

Have you ever wanted to be a writer?

Uh, yeah! Just seeing the process really fascinates me, and I think it would be really fun to write some day.

What else do you do in your free time?

I play video games on my computer and on some of the consoles that I have at my house. When it’s nice out I like to go biking, and, uh… I guess that’s kind of it!

What do you think the best thing is about living in New York?

You don’t really see it where I live, but I love New York because you get to meet so many different people—so many different types of people. And it’s really amazing getting to know all these people. Especially in this business, you get to make your own family in the cast, which is one of the reasons it’s so hard to close a show. I keep in touch with some of them…a lot of them have a lot that they’re doing, but I do keep in touch with them.

Do you think you’ll want to do what you’re doing now when you grow up?

I definitely want to do this. It’s so much fun, and you just feel like you can escape from the world when you’re on that stage, doing what you’re doing. It’s really great, so I think I want to do that when I get older, also.

So you really enjoyed the experience of singing in the studio and recording. Would you like to do more of that?

Yeah, it was so much fun with Peter, and it’s just a great experience recording songs, so I’d love to do that again.

 

 

Miracle Of Faith – Part 12B

Friday, April 11th, 2014

MiracleOfFaith-CoverNote: I suggest that if you haven’t yet read Miracle Of Faith – Parts 1-11 yet you start there.  This way you’ll get the whole story.

Installment 12B

So as I write, the masters have just come back from the masterer.  I’ll listen to our album for the first time in it’s finished state in about an hour.  I see that Craig has just emailed to us the finished CD package graphics.  We’ll run a test on them this morning.  There’s proofing to be done and then the manufacturing of the CDs.  We do that here at Watchfire Music and have a factory in a closet with printers, paper cutters, CD burners, and shrink wrappers.

I’ll finish this last post, prepare the pictures in PhotoShop and insert them into the Digi-Book content document that I’ve been working on for Craig for these last 3 weeks.  He will finish up the design and implementation of the Digi-Book today and get it back to me tonight for final check and proofing.

Our staff is already hard at the promotions of this CD on FaceBook and Twitter.  We’ll do LinkedIn blasts and this Blog will become the content of the Digi-Book.  It’s a massive task for our little company, but one we seem to accomplish nearly every week.

I have truly enjoyed every moment of this Musical of the Imagination.  It’s always a great lift to see an idea come to fruition – to hold the finished CD in your hand and remember the countless hours that went into its making.  This one even more so because of the way it all started with an idea of Dora Redman’s brought to me with a hope and a prayer.

I truly believe that God has watched over this project.  It could be no other way.  Far too many things have evolved in grace with relatively little effort on our parts – the development of the lyrics when it was apparent to me from the beginning that it just might be over Dora’s head, the ensuing collaboration, the finding of our boy, Noah, the scheduling resulting in the release of this album the day after tomorrow – April 10, 2014.

Originally I said it probably could not be done.  I was wrong and I’m delighted that I was.

So now it’s all up to you.  It starts with a good thorough listening.  The whole CD runs a little less than 40 minutes.  We ask you to take that first listening at a quiet time where you can really relax and let your imagination soar.  It’ll be worth the ride.  Give it a try.

And then if you have had anywhere near the experience that we’ve had making the CD, tell your friends.  Share the experience.  It’s a story told over and over now for over two thousand years and continues to bear repeating.  A story of some bread and fish – and a boy and his faith – and a man and his understanding.

It’s a story about what most would call a miracle, but we’ve come to understand to be a natural fulfilling of a need.  It’s a story of what could be,  if only we each could have the faith of a child.

It’s the possibility of what lies out there, or in there, for each of us if we just lead a more spiritual life.  It’s the truth in action.

Enjoy!

Miracle Of Faith – Part 11

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Julia Wade

Julia Wade

Note: I suggest that if you haven’t yet read Miracle Of Faith – Parts 1-10 yet you start there.  This way you’ll get the whole story.

The Session:

The first two sessions of this project certainly had their degrees of unfamiliarity for me.  First recording an inexperienced 12-year old boy and secondly, recording a very experienced myself put me in somewhat of a different zone.  So it was only fitting that the third session would go smooth as silk.  And it did.

Julia Wade is as pro a vocalist in the booth as I’ve ever worked with.  She comes in totally prepared for the work, she’s smart and experienced and has all the chops necessary to accomplish just about anything I want.

On top of that, she loved the song and had been singing it around the house for weeks.

There’s not much drama to this story because Julia simply came in and did her job.  We did 7-8 takes and fixed a few rough spots and were finished in a couple of hours.

The comp was difficult frankly because I had so much good stuff to choose from.  Most of the time I sweat going through the comps praying that I have the takes, praying that I have at least one great take per line to work with.  With Julia, there were always a plethora of choices to choose from.

Also, if I may further praise my artist (and wife), Julia is a committed actress deeply involved with the subtext of the songs she sings.  That, coupled with a great and highly trained instrument, makes her a joy to work with.  People often ask how, as man and wife, we work together both as artists and partners in  business running Watchfire Music.  We also run most of the business out of our home and our studio is also in our home.  This means we spend 24/7 pretty much together.

Well, beside the fact that we love each other, we trust each other.  We don’t spend much time looking over one another’s shoulder.  We each do our parts and run our divisions and trust that each of us will do our jobs well.

Recently she took on a new manager and that was a real lift for me.  I was her turn-to manager for the last 15 years.  I did it out of necessity, but never really loved the job.  It always seemed like one thing too many.  So when her new manager, Reggie Bahl, came on board I breathed a sigh of relief and went back to work.

It’s also interesting to note here that Julia has had a twenty-year fascination with the life of Mary Magdalene.  She’s read many books about her, poured over every mention of her in the Bible and already played her once several years back singing a song of mine named I Was There.  So this experience, for her, was a continuation of the exploration of that character.

Hers is a voice that I can hear in my imagination as I write, so I know pretty much how it’s going to sound as I’m writing – a great gift for a composer.  Also I know her instrument so well that I can orchestrate a song without her having previously recorded a scratch vocal because I can hear her in my head.  This way the orchestra and Julia can work as one.

It’s a good partnership.

And more importantly, we have a great time together workin’ it.

Miracle Of Faith – Part 10

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Mary Magdalene - Pietro Perugino

Mary Magdalene – Pietro Perugino

Note: I suggest that if you haven’t yet read Miracle Of Faith – Parts 1-9 yet you start there.  This way you’ll get the whole story.

The Third Song:

As I mentioned earlier, Dora’s and my first inclination was to write this song for the character of Jesus.  I was never comfortable with this idea.  The master’s words are so iconic, so immortal that I did not want to in any way dilute the power of his thoughts.  I decided to let the master be the master and so we switched the character to Mary Magdalene.

Besides, we needed a chick in the band.  :o)

Again, we went to our imagination and suggested that she might have been there at the site of the miracle and also because, in our imagination, she was so close to Jesus, then she might have some special insights as well as a woman’s POV into the whole matter.

We called the work Miracle Of Faith not because of Jesus’ faith, for in our minds Jesus worked much more from a point of understanding  than faith, but really because of the boy’s amazing innocence of faith.  He so easily believed that the master could heal his mother that he was willing to give all he had to feed the 5000.

It says in the Bible (Hebrews 11:1), “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.”  If this miracle is not the perfect example of this quote, then I don’t know what is.

Dora and I talked a lot about the “magic” of pulling rabbits out of a hat.  The magic of pulling enough food out of the boy’s basket to feed the multitude.  The idea of the many clowns at the circus all coming out of the tiny little car mush to the audience’s delight.  This image has thrilled people’s imaginations for centuries.

But Jesus was not a magician and what he was doing was not magic, but supremely natural.  The creation of supply through thought.  If matter is an illusion to begin with than why would this not be a natural occurrence for Jesus.  We even considered not using the term “Miracle” in our title for just that reason – because most people see miracles as some form of magic instead of being what they really are – simply God’s laws in action and abundance.  But then again we decided that the title was appropriate for just that reason as well – to clarify just how natural the occurrence of a miracle is.

We saw Mary Magdalene sitting back on a rock watching the whole event and, having seen so many of the master’s ‘miracles’ before, simply seeing the entire event as normal and understanding it all perhaps even on a higher level than the disciples themselves.

The Evidence Of Things Unseen
Mary Magdalene

Lyrics by Dora Redman & Peter Link
Music by Peter Link

And so he spoke
“They need not depart.
Give ye them food to eat.”
Give them food for thought,
The food of light,
The light of sustenance
Don’t send them away in their time of need
Feed the flock

But his disciples were not in the mind of Jesus
They struggled to raise their faith
And though miracles had abounded throughout the days
They were stuck in the world’s worn out ways
They knew not God’s law of infinite abundance
And I watched as they muttered amongst themselves  hmm
“Feed them with what? There’s nothing to eat
No apples, no almonds, no meat”

Then a boy stepped forth
With a basket of bread and two fishes
Well you know the rest
The five thousand were fed
And we all saw the power of his wishes
And the evidence of things unseen
Oh yes the evidence of things unseen

You ask, “What is that evidence?”
It’s the substance of faith
And no seeming dreams that lie in between

There, by his prayer
Pulled out of thin air
In a miracle of such routine
(As I witnessed so often, again and again)
Was the evidence of things unseen
Yes, the evidence of things unseen

Yes a boy stepped forth
With the spirit of “Nothing can stop me”
A boy, just a boy
And five thousand were fed
And we all felt the power and the glory
Of the evidence of things unseen
Oh yes the evidence of things unseen

And right there, by his prayer
Pulled out of thin air
In a miracle of such routine
(As I witnessed so often, again and again)
Was the evidence of things unseen

The man
The miracle
The son of God
Hallelu!!!
And all this from two fishes
And five loaves of bread

The writing of this song was a total joy.  Once we had the lyric locked down and finished, the music of the moment simply poured forth almost effortlessly.

Why?  Because it was the third song in the trilogy, because the moments had been so researched and discussed for many months and we had lived in the shoes and already written the scene twice from different points of view.  Because we understood the characters, because we saw in our imaginations the whole scene like a movie.  In essence it became, for me, like a three camera shoot of the same scene.  I was this time camera #3.

I know that Mary, for instance was over, somewhat behind Jesus, back there on the left, sitting up on that rocky abutment quietly watching it all go down.  I know what she was wearing and I know how the shadows fell as daylight turned to dusk.  I know how much she loved Jesus and stood with him in these oh so special moments.

I know the mood of the hungry crowd and hear the murmuring as the food is passed out.  I feel the incredulity of the multitude and the gratitude and the wonder.  I feel the shame and the pride of Thomas juxtaposing his wonder.  I feel the calm assurance of the master and wide-eyed excitement of the boy.  I dive into the mind of Mary and the music simply comes forth, it passes through me, through pen and paper, through the keys of my keyboard, through the digital zeros and ones of my computer, through the vibrations passing through the air to your ears, through the wonder of the oneness of people connecting through this amazing language called music.

The song does what it is supposed to do.  It ties the knot; it ties the bow.  It explains the miracle as natural without trying to explain the science behind it.  It says that there are things beyond our understanding that are yet to learn.  And that a little boy of twelve can actually work the principles of this science without even understanding the science like the master, but just simply through his own innocent child-like faith.

The song sings itself.

Next: The Session.

 

Miracle Of Faith – Part 7

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Note: I suggest that if you haven’t yet read Miracle Of Faith – Parts 1-6 yet you start there.  This way you’ll get the whole story.

Casting the second song:

I am a man of great faith.  I run much of my life on faith – faith that I can always write the next song, faith that I will wake up the next morning, faith that the music business will come back to life, faith that I am well.

I can also have my more skeptical moments as well.  I try not to, but this time around I’m faced daily with my own humanity.  I suppose that my life’s quest is to get over it – to get over or beyond my own humanity.

So as we wrote, I understood this guy, Thomas, more and more.  You might say that on certain levels I even began to identify with him – on certain levels.  I certainly have compassion for the guy.

So when it came to finding the right male voice for the role, I looked through my book of wondrous singers that I know and have worked with over the years and searched for the man with the right spirit, mentality and voice for the role.

I did not find the perfect choice.  One did not jump out at me.

I do not consider myself a singer’s singer.  Oh I can carry a tune and all, but I do not spend my life working at this craft.  I coach and teach singers, but I do not consider myself a singer per se.

But this nagging thought kept coming to me saying, “Sing it yourself.  You know this guy, you feel this guy.  You could do it.“  But then I’d think, “No, you’re not in shape, this song requires a bigger voice, this song requires more than you can give it.”

But the more I looked for the right guy, the more I came up empty.

So finally I thought, “Well, why don’t you just try it. If it doesn’t work, you can always use what you do as a demo in looking for someone else.”

So I made the commitment.  I began to get my voice in shape.  I hadn’t really sung much for a couple of years, but I’d thought a lot about it since I had been teaching voice pretty regularly for the past couple of years.

I began to exercise for an hour a day – scales, chest voice, head voice, etc., etc.  I did not sing an actual song for 3 weeks – just getting’ in shape exercises.  It wasn’t easy for me.  Back in the day, oh a hundred or more years ago, I could sing pretty well.  I did the lead in Hair on Broadway and one of the leads in my own hit musical, Salvation, and sang in my own folk group and rock bands, but that was then.

After 3 weeks I decided, besides vocalizing, to start working on the song.  I was shocked at how difficult it was even though my voice was now in pretty good shape.  I would vocalize and warm up every day and then work on the song for an hour going over vowels, breathing, character development, the 5 necessary questions that every singer has to answer in order to really perform a song – all the things I teach.

Because I now teach these things, I had to take the teacher’s hat off and put the doer’s hat on.  That was very interesting …

I must admit, recording this song has made me a much better teacher.  It’s also made me a much more compassionate teacher.  Singing well is extremely hard.  Singing well enough to record is ten times harder.  When you record, it’s for all time, a permanent record.  It has to be perfect.

In considering perfection I finally came up with, “Well, it’s as good as I can do it.”  It is me at the time in my life the best that I can be.

Is that enough?  I certainly hope so.

I’ll let the listener be the judge.

Next:  The Sessions.

Miracle Of Faith – Part 6B

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Note: I suggest that if you haven’t yet read Miracle Of Faith – Parts 1-5 yet you start there.  This way you’ll get the whole story.

Installment 6B

So we last left off with Thomas being embarrassed, perhaps even humiliated at Jesus’ reprimand.  As I mentioned earlier, we hear this song being sung by Thomas years later as he remembers back on the experience.  He sings:

Now I wish to understand
A world not made with hands
To see the world as children do
And to see the world that the Master knew
Oh why is it so easy for this child to believe?
And so difficult for me?         

Jesus turned the water into wine
And healed, in an instant, the blind
He told me, “You can do all this and more, Thomas
All these possibilities lie within you”

But I can’t see beyond the world I see
And I would this world of matter and spirit
Be reconciled

But Jesus cautioned, “No, my friend,
Thomas, you must see through the eyes of a child
Through the eyes of a child”

Thomas asks the great $64 question, “How can God be all good and yet evil seem to be?  How can both matter and spirit exist on the same plane?  How can I make peace with this dichotomy?

Even in his old age – still trying to figure it out …

He goes on in his story:

It was then he turned quiet
As the sun began to leave the day
Silently he beckoned me
“Won’t you come and pray?”
“Pray what?” said I
But I obeyed and closed my eyes
And did as I was bid to do
In the miracle of the five loaves and two fishes
Oh yeah
And we fed five thousand souls

Thomas wasn’t a bad guy.  He was just struggling with both worlds.  Which of us have not done that before?  In fact, here, he was proud, proud of the miracle, proud of being a part of such a stupendous moment in the history of human civilization.

And afterwards I heard the boy
Say “Master, I must ask another miracle of you …”
But before he could go on Jesus spoke
“Your faith hath made her whole”

Even this young lad heals while Thomas, the great disciple, doubts on …

And after all these years …

I still wish to understand
A world not made with hands
To see the world as children do
And to see the world that the Master knew

Now why was it so easy for this child to believe?
And so difficult for me?                 

Jesus walked the water ‘cross the sea
Defying all the laws, set us free
He told me, “You can do all this and more, Thomas,
“You can calm the heavens and still the ocean’s roar …”

At times I see beyond the world I see
Bewitched by matter, yet by spirit beguiled
And at times I still can catch the light
Shining in the eyes and the innocence of that boy
Through the eyes of a child

Ah yes, the innocence of that boy …

What a kid!

Ah Thomas, how well I understand you …

Perhaps I ought to try to sing this song myself, thought I …

Please stay tuned for Part 7.

 


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