In The Right Measure

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Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword! ~ Matthew 10:34

Oh, I can’t take another heartache
Though you say you’re my friend, I’m at my wits end
You say your love is bona fide
But that don’t coincide with the things that you do
And when I ask you to be nice, you say
Maybe it should be said that conflict, not absence, makes the heart grow fonder. There’s just something about the drama that often ensues from conflict in a relationship, that warms – more like heats – the heart. There’s nothing like a good spirited spat to get the blood racing. Yeah, a little gunpowder thrown in the fire can be a good thing.
You gotta be
Cruel to be kind in the right measure
Cruel to be kind it’s a very good sign
Cruel to be kind means that I love you
Baby, you gotta be cruel to be kind
I’ve never been one of those who needed such stimuli to keep relationships strong; quite the contrary, I prefer the placid pond. Though I know there’s plenty out there who would disagree on this with a resounding jeer – how boring!
I do my best to understand, dear
But you still mystify and I want to know why
I pick myself up off the ground
To have you knock me back down again and again
And when I ask you to explain, well, you say
And what would Jesus say about such foibles? Interestingly enough, the Prince of Peace says that when we next see Him, He will be swinging a sword. And this time it won’t just be tables at the Temple getting knocked over. There will be all kinds of destruction and division, even among family member and close relationships.

You’ve gotta be cruel to be kind in the right measure
Cruel to be kind, it’s a very good sign
Cruel to be kind means that I love you, baby
(You’ve gotta be cruel)
You’ve gotta be cruel to be kind
“Cruel To Be Kind” has always been one of my favorites from the self proclaimed “Jesus of Cool”, Nick Lowe. It was his highest charting single in the U.S., reaching #12 on the Billboard charts in 1979. Interestingly enough, it reached #12 on the U.K, Australian and Canadian charts, as well.
Here’s a few interesting notes about the song:
  • “Cruel To Be Kind” was one of 206 videos that were played on MTV’s very first day of broadcasting, August 1, 1981
  • The video re-enacts his wedding with Carlene Carter (June’s daughter) and also features Rockpile bandmate, Dave Edmunds, as the limo driver.
  • The song was originally written for Nick’s earlier band, Brinsley Schwarz, but never got released
  • It also appeared – in a different, slower version – as the B side to the single “Little Hitler”
 Well, I do my best to understand, dear
But you still mystify
And I want to know why
I pick myself up off the ground
To have you knock me back down
Again and again
And when I ask you to explain, you say
Nick was no stranger to conflict and chaos himself; he earned his nickname “Basher” due to his unique style in the recording studio, both as producer and performer. He was known to urge his bands to just “Bash it out…we’ll tart it up later” to get the raw, rough sound that his record label, Stiff Records, became so well known for.
So, if you are one of those who prefers a dash of drama to liven your day and a few tears mixed with your laughter, or if you prefer a more peaceful union, either way, the Basher is sure to get your blood flowing with this one every time.
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Secrets Of The Heart

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Would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart. – Psalm 44:21

Secrets…we all have them.  And we don’t want to let them out.

“Secret heart, what are you made of? What are you so afraid of? Could it be three simple words, or the fear of being overheard?

Secret heart, what are you made of?
What are you so afraid of?
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/ron-sexsmith/secret-heart-lyrics/#Au4IWBOzkjcoT3vR.99

What are we afraid of? Surely God knows the innermost secrets of our hearts and minds. And, if He knows, does it really make sense to keep them from others?

“The very secret you are trying to conceal, is the very same one you are dying to reveal.”

Ain’t that the truth.  And doesn’t it always feel better…such a relief… when we finally let it out?

“Secret heart, come out and share it. This loneliness, few can bear it. Could it have something to do with admitting that you just can’t go through it alone.”

Ron Sexsmith sounds like he knows a bit about being lonely. His philosophy on songwriting and performing is deferential: “My main objective is to try to stay out of the way of the song. I want to write songs that are good whether I’m singing them or not.”

Ron’s style is a “melancholic pop folk”, perhaps an acoustic REM. Or, imagine fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot crossed with Nick Lowe. A very under-appreciated artist with a beautiful voice and guitar technique, Ron’s been around since the early 2000’s and has had songs covered by the likes of Steve Earle, Nick Lowe, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, K.D. Lang and Michael Buble, just to name a few.

There was a great documentary film made about Ron (Love Shines) that chronicles his struggle to convert his niche following into mainstream success. The documentary was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards in 2013.

Can you keep a secret?

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