Finding Truth and Beauty

Photography is the primary way I look for and try to express beauty. But I appreciate all forms of art and expressions of beauty.

There is a strong spiritual component to beauty, and strong beauty component to the spiritual.

I’m thinking about beauty more than usual because the theme of this year’s annual sessions of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) is “Being Centered in an Uncentered World.” The first evening session, Tuesday, July 24th, I’ll being showing some of my photographs for a session titled “Finding Truth and Beauty”. Photography definitely centers me, and helps me find Truth.

As I often write, we don’t have a good vocabulary to express spiritual matters, but art is often able to do so.

But here I’m writing about a beautiful song and performance.  I don’t listen to the radio much, but while driving in Madison, Wisconsin, recently first heard “Lights Down Low’ by someone I hadn’t heard of, Max Schneider (MAX). It’s a song about the love of his life. Max has an amazing voice. He sings this song with “gnash” and the Hells Kitchen Orchestra.

 

Lights Down Low
Max Schneider

Heaven only knows where you’ve been
But I don’t really need to know
I know where you’re gonna go
On my heart, where you’re resting your head
And you just look so beautiful
It’s like you were an angel

Can I stop the flow of time?
Can I swim in your divine?
‘Cause I don’t think I’d ever leave this place

Oh, turn the lights turn the lights down low
Yeah, now I’m feeling you breathing slow
‘Cause, baby, we’re just reckless kids
Trying to find an island in the flood
Oh, turn the lights, turn the lights down low, oh

Under heavy skies in the rain
You’re dancing in your bare feet
Just like we’re in a movie
Grab my hand and we’re chasing the train
I catch you looking back at me
Running through a cloud of steam

Can I stop the flow of time?
Can I swim in your divine?
‘Cause I don’t think I’d ever leave this place

Oh, turn the lights turn the lights down low
Yeah, now I’m feeling you breathing slow, oh
‘Cause, baby, we’re just reckless kids
Trying to find an island in the flood
Oh, turn the lights, turn the lights down low

And I will give you everything baby
But can you feel this energy? Take it
You can have the best of me baby
And I will give you anything
Can you feel this energy? Take it
You can have the best of me baby

Oh, turn the lights turn the lights down low
Yeah, now I’m feeling you breathing slow
Oh, turn the lights turn the lights down low
Yeah, now I’m feeling you breathing slow
‘Cause, baby, we’re just reckless kids
Trying to find an island in the flood
Oh, turn the lights, turn the lights down low, oh

Songwriters: Liam O’donnell / Max Schneider / Nathaniel Motte
Lights Down Low lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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