I found the information I was seeking. If you are a follower of Shirl and You, you know that two weeks ago I wrote that I was looking for a song I had sung with my junior high chorus, “I Love Life.” I remembered being impressed by the simple lyrics and have never forgotten them. The words, of course portray a love for life, and impressed on me an appreciation for it, something that today’s youth often take for granted. (The lyrics are in my previous post.) The song was an excellent choice by our chorus director and I often wonder how it affected other chorus members. I wish today’s youth were singing and appreciating good music, but for many this is not so. In fact, some of today’s music encourages youths to take their own lives through suicide.
How did I find the information I sought? On the world-wide web, of course. Why I seemed unable to find this earlier I do not know, because it is there under the song title, “I Love Life.” It was written, sometime in the 1930’s by composer, Mana-Zucca. She was a child prodigy who made her piano debut at the age of eight with the New York Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. She has over 500 music compositions to her credit. She became known as a lover of life, but it was her husband, Irwin M. Cassel who wrote the lyrics to the song. Although she considered it a “cheap little song,” it became her most well-known. She died March 8,1981, at age 89.
Whenever this song comes to my mind, another does also. Everyone has heard, “Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life.” When it was sung in the 1910 operetta,”Naughty Marietta,” it
became Victor Herbert’s greatest success. Later, a film version of it was released, in 1935, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, the singing sweethearts of the 1930’s and 1940’s. It’s this “mystery” about which both songs are written. “Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life,” are the lyrics to the first line of this song. The song attempts to identify the mystery in a following line that reads, “For tis love and love alone the world is seeking.” So is that the mystery of life? Let’s take a look at it in this week’s shirlandyou.
As I researched, further, I found reference to beer, as one of the sweet mysteries of life. But, no, the mystery of life goes much deeper than an alcoholic drink that has led to so much sorrow and pain in life. I also read the thoughts of another blogger who expounded on the subject but who readily admitted that life’s mysteries were unexplained.
The song writer came close to identifying the mystery when he wrote ’tis love and love alone the world is seeking.” However, the love that solves the mystery is God’s and the loving plan He has for our lives. It is this simple plan that man is seeking, yet, it is rejected by so many. Why? This question is answered in the Bible in Ephesians 4:18 which explains that many men’s and women’s minds are full of darkness, they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him.
“Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” is not a mystery at all !
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