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Episode #8: Part 1 – A Matter of Life and Death

Scattershot Symphony -The Music of Peter Link
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Episode #8: Part 1
A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter Of Life and Death — And The Probability of Life Eternal .

This episode was written and assembled for all who, in one way or another, have been touched by the Pandemic of 2020.  That’s an audience of billions. 

Through the grace of music, moving on is looked at through a myriad of lenses as an eventual door that we all will pass through at one time or another. 

For those questioning life, in mourning, fearing for their own life or even wondering why we have all come to this, it is my hope that they will find some solace from the enlightenment of these songs and the gentle nature of the content of this episode.

Episode 8 is presented in two parts.  Listeners should always start with Part 1, knowing that Part two brings us to a greater clarity on the subject of Life Eternal.

Listen to the Podcast:


A Matter of Life and Death – Part 1
Playlist

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  • Title: Goin' Home (Opening)
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: A. Dvorak, V. Labenske
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    OPENING
    WORDS AND MUSIC BY A. DVORAK & V. LABENSKE

    Choir
    GOIN’ HOME
    GOIN’ HOME
    I’M A GOIN’ HOME
    QUIET LIKE
    SOME STILL DAY
    I’M JES’ GOIN’ HOME

    IT’S NOT FAR
    JES’ CLOSE BY
    THROUGH AN OPEN DOOR
    WORK ALL DONE
    CARE LAID BY
    GWINE TO FEAR NO MORE

    Man
    MOTHER’S THERE
    ‘SPECTIN’ ME
    Woman
    FATHER’S WAITIN’ TOO
    All
    LOTS O’ FOLK
    GATHERED THERE
    ALL THE FRIENDS I KNEW
    GOIN’ HOME
    GOIN’ HOME
    I’M JUS’ GOIN’ HOME

  • Title: How Are We Raising Our Sons
  • Artist: Julia Wade, Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    How Are We Raising Our Sons
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    Walking home
    From streetlight to streetlight
    Heartbeat to heartbeat
    Watching the shadows
    Holding God's hand
    And knowing I walk not alone

    Yet anxious
    These butterflies here in the pit of my stomach
    Are turning my heart to stone

    And the fear that comes over me
    On the window, tapping
    Chilling me down to the bone
    Should never have breathed
    Its cold breath on my shoulder
    Following...
    Following me home

    Breathless I wonder
    Why is this happening?
    What have I done to deserve...?
    No! The fault is not mine
    They are the ones
    Mothers and fathers
    People of earth
    How are we raising our sons?
    How are we raising our sons?

    [Interlude]

    Passing by
    The boys on their lunch break
    Whistling and taunting
    Courage in numbers
    Having "their fun"
    With me as I stare straight ahead

    Such cowardice
    Though I wonder which one of them
    Might have presumption
    To actu'lly follow me home

    And the thought that burns into me
    Is that how can any man
    Take just whatever he wants?
    And why be so spoiled
    And so disrespectful
    Casting stones
    And following me home?

    Sadly I ask you
    Why must we bend to you?
    What have we done to deserve...?
    No! The fault is not ours
    You are the ones
    Mothers, and fathers
    Look to yourselves
    How are we raising our sons?
    How are we raising our sons?

    Look to yourselves
    Look to your children
    Look to the things that are taught
    This attack on my innocence
    Is the essence of avarice
    So look to the things in your thought

    Look to yourselves
    Look to your children
    Look to the things that are taught
    This attack on my innocence
    Is the essence of avarice
    So look to the things in your thought

    Look to yourselves
    Look to your children
    Look to the things that are taught
    This attack on my innocence
    Is the essence of avarice
    So look to the things in your thought

    Before all that we live for comes undone
    Look upon these
    And ask yourselves, please
    "How am I raising my son?"

  • Title: What Could Have Been
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    What Could Have Been
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    I'll always miss what could have been
    And all the things that might have been
    When I am gone from here
    If looking back upon this life
    Is possible beyond this life
    The one thing that I fear
    Is missing you
    And missing us
    And all the joys gone up in smoke
    Yes the one thing that I fear
    Is missing all the years ahead

    And all the things that could have been
    When things come to an end

    I've no regrets of days gone by
    I've let live the life I've led
    My one regret is missing you
    And the things that lie ahead
    Another night sleeping next to you
    Your crooked smile and yes your tears
    The primitive and complex of you
    The cavity and convex of you
    I've loved so all these years

    When I am gone and brood upon
    What few men comprehend
    I'll question then what could have been
    And just why it had to end

  • Title: Give Them Wings To Fly
  • Artist: Mindy Jostyn
  • Lyricist: Mindy Jostyn
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Give Them Wings to Fly
    Music and Lyrics by Mindy Jostyn

    I do believe that heaven sends angels from above
    Sheltering the children God has given me to love
    For nothing is as sacred as the caring of their souls
    How I long to keep them safe wherever they may go

    If I could I'd hide them in the warmth of my embrace
    And let their world be filled with only innocence and grace
    But if I gave them all the riches underneath the moon
    Still my only place of hope is giving them to You

    [Chorus]
    There will be broken dreams that I cannot repair
    Silent tears my hands will never dry
    Far beyond the reaches of my love I know You will be there
    Father, hear their every cry
    And give them wings to fly

    Looking back I see the hand of God is always near
    Angels weave their presence through a tapestry of years
    The echoes of my mother's prayers
    have now become my plea
    Covering my children with the grace that covers me

    [Chorus]

    I have seen the way the world
    can toss and turn a tender heart
    So I'm trusting You to meet them where they are

    [Chorus]

  • Title: There's A Mountain In My Way
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    There's a Mountain in My Way
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    I got my eye on heaven
    I'll be goin' some day
    But every time I turn around
    There's a mountain in my way

    I'm tryin' to find my heaven
    But much to my dismay
    Ev'ry time I'm homeward bound
    There's a mountain in my way

    I can't go under
    Can't go around
    Got to climb up over
    To the holy ground
    An' I can't turn back
    Can't go astray
    And there's a mountain in my way

    It's the age old story
    Of how we overcome
    Talkin' 'bout the quest
    For fame and glory
    An' how I gotta get me some

    You see I love the things
    Of this existence
    Far too much
    I've no resistence
    An' the road it stretches
    Such a distance
    There's a mountain in my way
    Oh!

    Yes it's!
    The age old story
    Of how we overcome
    Talkin' 'bout the quest
    For fame and glory
    I thought I hadda get me some

    You see I love this world
    I love the action
    Much too much
    To my distraction
    That's right!
    We talkin' 'bout satisfaction
    An' the thirst won't go away

    I got my eye on heaven
    I'll be goin' some day
    But every time I turn around
    There's a mountain in my way

    Well I can't see leavin' the life I've led
    An' I can't see nothin' of the road ahead
    An' I know there's a-comin'
    The judgement day
    But the thirst won't go away

    So pardon all my palpitation
    I can't stand such anticipation
    Got a hundred pounds of frustration
    There's a mountain in my way

    Now by and by
    When the morning comes
    When the saints of God are gathered home we'll tell the
    Story of how we've overcome
    For we'll understand it better by and by

  • Title: Heaven
  • Artist: Jenny Burton, Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Heaven
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    I don't believe in heaven
    As a place up in the sky
    A place where all the angels sit
    As the clouds go passin' by

    I don't believe in heaven
    Dressed in white and gold
    A city in a world up stairs
    Where all of our wings unfold
    And a God sits upon His throne

    I see it more as a state of mind
    Since my body gets left behind
    I see it more
    As an open door
    To a life of another kind

    I don't believe in heaven
    As a place this side of hell
    A place where all the good folks go
    A place where the spirits dwell
    An' ol' Peter a-rings dem bells

    I see it more as a holy space
    A place to pause a spiritual base
    I see it more as an open door
    To a kind of a quiet grace
    And when all is said and done
    I think that heaven
    Like earth
    Is what we make of it
    It's a moment in the sun
    It's a cleansing time
    In a state of grace
    It's a place where laughter reigns
    Oh it's heaven
    Heaven
    It's heaven
    Oh it's heaven

    Now I believe in heaven
    As a place where I belong
    A state of grace a joyful space
    A place I can sing my song

    I'll be livin' high in this state of mind
    Free from the earth
    And the ties that bind
    I'll walk right through
    That old open door
    To a life of another kind

    And when all is said and done
    I think that heaven
    Like earth
    Is what we make of it
    It's a moment in the sun
    It's a cleansing time
    In a state of grace
    It's a place where laughter reigns
    Oh it's heaven
    Heaven
    It's heaven

    Oh it's heaven
    Heaven
    It's heaven

    Oh it's heaven
    It's heaven
    Yeah it's heaven
    Oooooohh
    It's heaven!



I Can’t Remember My Name
Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

  • Title: Love Is The Reason For Living
  • Artist: Julia Wade
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    Love Is the Reason for Living
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    We dwell in the arena
    Of immense conflicting forces
    Our lives are swayed by counsel
    From a million diff'rent sources
    As we near each troubled crossroad
    With a rising tide of fear
    And wonder what becomes of us
    When the tidal waves appear

    We cannot help but turn to God
    To summon His defense
    To stir instead the floodtides of love
    His sustenance
    His deliverance

    And so we strip away the falsehood
    From the truth of who we are
    And commit our lives
    To innocence once again

    Love is the answer
    Love is every answer
    Love is God forgiving
    Love is the reason for living
    Yes love is the reason
    For living

    We long to stand the summit
    In the pinnacles of Spirit
    Where death no longer finds us
    No and we no longer fear it
    And the light of life surrounds us
    With its infinite embrace
    And Love pervades our consciousness
    And evokes its change of base

    Love is the answer
    Love is every answer
    Love is God life-giving
    Love is the reason for living
    Yes love is the reason
    For living

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