Friday, July 11, 2008

Roger Daltrey, Rabbi Nachman and Thoughts on Prayer



Roger Daltrey: Without Your Love

Rabbi Nachman has been an influence in my life for a long time. The idea of speaking to G-d in the form of normal speech resonates strongly with me. Conventional prayer from a traditional prayer book is essential in broadening the horizons. It mentions an entire range of personal and collective concerns that might not naturally occur to an individual. But directly speaking to G-d in the manner of normal speech is at times irreplaceable. I find that it focuses my thoughts, my rational and intuitive faculties towards solutions in my life. It is easier to be uninhibited in "hisbodedus" (as it is referred to in Rabbi Nachman's teachings ) alone in a car or under a motorcycle helmet. That's what works for me. I don't expect a conversation like Moshe Rabeinu (Moses) would have with G-d, just a little more rhyme and reason in my dialogue with the world.
Sometimes a song on the radio expresses my feelings better than words I myself can choose. Don Williams did a classic country song about that called "Listen To The Radio".
At times like that, I sit back and let my stereo speak for me.
Years ago, during a lonely time in my life, "Without Your Love" by Roger Daltrey climbed to the top of the charts. I was single and there was no one to call a radio station about and dedicate a song to. It seemed like every love song was like a letter with no address. When I listened to the words of "Without Your Love" , some things in the songseemed to apply more to G-d. No human being can create a sunny day in the literal sense. The song seemed to point to achieving material success and feeling empty. The "You" pointed to in the song seemed to be G-d. The song seemed to say that if I get everything I want and care nothing about other people that life is empty. The lyrics " And if I ever wander away/ Too far/ You'd come looking for me/ with open arms" seemed to point fortuitous occurrences that put me on the right track.
I've been married twenty six years and it seems that the lyrics can apply to families and groups as well as individuals. This song is definitely one of my personal prayers. It focuses me and gives me a sense of direction. In retrospect, a lonely time in my life pushed me towards insights that enriched my life later as a husband and father. Thank You Roger Daltrey for giving fitting words to my feelings. And thank you Rabbi Nachman for helping me to think "out of the box".




Lyrics to "Without Your Love" by Roger Daltrey

You can show me the way
Give me a sunny day
But what does it mean
Without your love

And if I could travel far
If I could touch the stars
Where would I be
Without your love

Whenever I get to feeling
Down and out
I think about what you said
And then I'd give out

And if I could fly away
If I could sail today
Where would I go
Without your love

You can show me the way
And give me a sunny day
But what does it mean
Without your love

And if I could travel far
If I could touch the stars
Where would I be
Without your love

And if I ever wander away
Too far
You'd come looking for me with
Open arms

I could forget my home
Be like a rolling stone
But who would I be
Without your love

And what does it mean
Without your love
Where would I be?

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