Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Paul McCartney in Red Square...you never know where your bliss will lead

This weekend I watched a DVD, Paul McCartney in Red Square, the first concert by a member of the Beatles in Russia (May 24, 2003). It was astounding. I always loved Beatles' music and enjoyed the concert, but interspersed with each song were interviews, pictures, and film from the 1960's to today in Russia.

They couldn't buy the records in stores or listen to them on the radio. Black and white footage showed people being searched for black market records. They talked about how dangerous it was to even sing or listen to the music. It could effect their education, their job, or they might even go to prison for selling the albums. Red Square, a huge open area surrounded by massive, exotic buildings of government, was filled with people. As the camera panned the crowd while Paul played, I could see older men and women with tears in their eyes. President Putin joined the crowd halfway through, and although he stood stoically, his face looked filled with emotion at one point.

I didn't know how important the Beatles had been to them. One explained that they knew Communism was empty, but didn't know what could take its place -- the Beatles reached out and touched their minds and hearts, let them know there were different ideas, and gave them hope. President Putin and the Minister of Defense had been interviewed and said they listened to the Beatles in the 60's. The government tried to control the people by controlling what they read or could do. Instead Communism was toppled quietly. One man explained, "There was not blood shed, no civil war, no revolution ...nothing. The country was already ready for the disappearance of Communism and one of the main reasons for that is that the Beatles have prepared a huge part of the country's population for these new values."

I mention this because it's one of the best DVDs I've seen in a long time, and also because I like how the desires of the people for something new came to them in spite of appearances and the circumstances that surrounded them. They must have believed very strongly that there was something better and it was given to them.

I also like that it was brought by music. I had an experience in a psychic development group one time. I saw all the animals, and trees, and plants, and the earth itself each making a song of thanksgiving that was woven together and sent out into the Universe. I feel that is true; by being happy, we add our voice to this planet's song.

As I listened to Paul play I realized how clear the words to their songs were and that there was a message in what they said, "we can work it out." And thought how wonderful that they had created Back in the USSR during the cold war -- a song about loving beautiful women that could have been anywhere. How open and allowing they were. Paul said he didn't realize the effect it had, they just wanted to create good music...and they did.

....You are literally at play in the Fields of the Lord. When you see paradise, you offer it to the perspective of others for their enjoyment. As you each join together in your appreciations...of delicious foods...the smell of a sweet baby...fresh air...waterfalls...a clean house...peace and quiet...children's voices in play...in all of these things...as you join together in appreciation it becomes a mighty song that is available to those who are tone deaf to spirit, even to those who do not know there is a song. You do not offer these appreciations so that others might hear, but so that your own heart will sing for that is where you find your joy. And as a bonus, others will hear your song and join with you in feeling happiness. And you with them. And the one with the other and the many with the few in endless harmony. ~ Suzanne Keyes, Words of Well-Being, 10/9/06
Words of Well-Being channeled by Suzanne Keyes. Copyright © 2006 by Suzanne Keyes.

Paul McCartney in Red Square: I got it from my library in non-fiction DVDs. (DVD 782.42166 P)


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