I and Thou

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The Power of Love

Some popular songs resonate with a wide audience and are often copied over decades. I have arranged and recorded one of these songs the Power of Love which I made it my list of special songs. There are a small number of songs which appeal to me as hymns, anthems, big songs, the equivalent to Beethoven’s heroic rendition of Schiller’s poem, The Ode to Joy in the ninth symphony. These big songs are often about love of the highest calling.

Jennifer Rush recorded the Power of Love in 1985 and it became popular worldwide, making the Guinness Book of Records as the best selling single by a female solo artist in the history of the British music industry. That record was broken by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" in 1992. Laura Branigan’s cover made it to the U.S. Top 40 in 1987. Celine Dion made another hit version in 1994. The lyrics express the euphoria of falling in love, the reprieve “when the world outside's too much to take, that all ends when I'm with you.”

The chorus is a promise that every normal man wants to hear from the woman he loves:” 'Cause I am your lady…” The promise of complete devotion seems realistic when you are falling in love, but fades or disappears over time. The promise suggests the biblical Ruth’s promise: “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people.“  This promise has been made in a thousand ways, probably for thousands of years. Of course, every woman wants a man who makes a similar commitment, but men are notoriously fickle. Nietzsche stated that only superior men and women have the right to promise. Most promises are made to be broken, so that superior knowledge, understanding and discipline are required to maintain commitments over time.


Here is a sample the Jenifer Rush Lyrics

The whispers in the morning
Of lovers sleeping tight
Are rolling by like thunder now
As I look in your eyes
I hold on to your body
And feel each move you make
Your voice is warm and tender
A love that I could not forsake
Cause I am your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I'll do all that I can
Lost is how I'm feeling lying in your arms
When the world outside's too much to take
That all ends when I'm with you
Even though there may be times
It seems I'm far away
But never wonder where I am
Cause I am always by your side
Cause I am your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I'll do all that I can

  • I and Thou focuses on intimate relationships. Innate tendencies are hard at work when people meet, become lovers and end with arguments and fighting. The same tendencies determine how family members interact and explain why so many families are “dysfunctional.” When lovers form an enduring pair bond, they often become parents and everything changes. Humans seek bonding with others are distressed when they become isolated. Humans bond to each other in several ways. The most enduring bonds are kin-related, based on closely shared genes. The deepest bonding occurs when mother and infant are together continuously from birth and mother breast-feeds the infant. Bonds among family members are the most enduring. Bonds to friends, lovers and spouses are the next most significant. Bonds to colleagues, neighbors and even strangers that are admired from a distance are next. Friendships are often temporary bonds, based on the need to affiliate with others for protection, social status, feeding, sex and fun.

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