In an interview, Anne Lamott said this about music: “a chord here, a chord there, and then it pierces your heart.” Listen to Bobby McFerrin’s feminine rendition of Psalm 23—which he dedicates to his mother Sara Cooper—and let the haunting melody pierce your heart.
I’m including the words here for your contemplation:
The Lord is my Shepard, I have all I
She makes me lie down in green meadows,
Beside the still waters, She will lead.
She restores my soul, She rights my
She leads me in a path of good things,
And fills my heart with songs.
Even though I walk, through a dark
& dreary land,
There is nothing that can shake me,
She has said She won’t forsake me,
I’m in her hand.
She sets a table before me, in the
presence of my foes,
She anoints my head with oil,
And my cup overflows.
Surely, surely goodness & kindness
will follow me,
All the days of my life,
And I will live in her house,
Forever, forever & ever.
Glory be to our Mother, &
And to the Holy of Holies,
As it was in the beginning, is now & ever shall be,
World, without end.
Note that this is Bobby McFerrin multitracked. All voices are McFerrin’s voice! (Album: Medicine Music – 1990).