I have mentioned before that during my college years I was pretty free with my parents money, and spent lots of the money I was sent, on albums. Hey, I will admit that I was a spoiled only child. Which is why I had four kid so they would grow up unspoiled. Not really, we had four children because the wife and I couldn’t get that birth control thing right! Anyway, I would often buy albums based on the look of the album. An example of that is this album I bought in and around 1970…
When I bought the album I had never heard of these guys but that the wandering minstrel motif was pretty original. The reason that I had never heard of them, was because it was their first album, duh!. I listen to the album, thought that their sound was different, original and good. I bought their second album Down Home which on some tracks had a country folk sound to it. By the time their third album Year of Sunday was released, people had caught on to them, well, not that many because the single “When I Meet Them”only made it to 104 on the charts, but the title track from their fourth album Summer Breeze did send them on their way to a pretty nice career. Summer Breeze was the last studio album that I bought. I did, however, buy one more of their albums, the soundtrack to the move “One on One” One of the things that I admired he most about Seals and Crofts was their advocacy of the Bahá’í Faith. From Wikipedia:
The Bahá’í Faith (Arabic: بهائية Baha’iyyah) /bəˈhaɪ/) is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá’í teachings and doctrine: the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal, and that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance. According to the Bahá’í Faith’s teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and love God through such methods as prayer, reflection and being of service to humanity. Read More
I think the message of the Bahá’í Faith and the similar Sikh religion is for me the best message from all religions!! Here’s a short playlist of six of my favorite songs from the four Seals & Crofts albums that are in my collection!