Ben Harper - Life and Music - Robin Bailey

November 25, 2007

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryBen Harper is one of the most gifted guitarists alive today, having spent time with the Blind Boys of Alabama he couldn't help but develop a spirituality that calls listeners to be walking pictures of Jesus.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didnít love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of Godís secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didnít love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didnít love others, I would have gained nothing.
1 Corinthians 13

Ben Harper quotes:
"There's no room in my life for religion. Religion is separation and segregation of God. How can you segregate the Almighty?"

"The spirit is what guides my life, and I'm humbly on my knees in thanks for guidance and direction every day. But God is not something to be preached, it's something to be lived."

"Sometimes I may be totally arrogant, sometimes I may totally be the most humble guy you've ever met, sometimes I may be in between. But that's life."

"I just give thanks for being born where I am, and one way you can praise God in the highest is to share your blessings with someone who needs it. That's a much better prayer than time spent in church, I'll tell you that much."

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January 10, 2013
You have a cur's thinking, which makes your thought processes worthy of pity. Just because one's parent follows one theological ideology, doesn't mean that the child has to become an adult who follows that same theology. Correct your thinking and stop being a cur.
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September 15, 2011
I thought this was really beautiful. You honored someone else's beliefs and way of life even though its different from yours. In fact, you even saw beauty in it! we need so so SO much more of that in this world. thank you.
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January 31, 2011
ben is a jew. his mother is jewish and therefore he is jewish.

@kellogs40 Yet he writes songs about Jesus. Strange.... I think you need to get your facts straight. By that, I mean stay away from wikipedia

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July 31, 2010
Did Ben Harper listen to this guy ?

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June 29, 2010
Besides bashing Harper's brothers, a misunderstanding why Mr. Harper does not like religion, and a bias towards promoting his own beliefs I liked it.

In other words, I liked when he quoted Ben Harper directly.

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January 01, 2008
wow to the comment concerning hijacking. Ben put his words out there- bravely- for all to hear. Music is art, and art is subjective. Ben doesn't say- this is the only meaning of this particular song or quote- he creates it and then gives it to be interpreted individually. I think it is FABULOUS that a church is, pardon me, but "sanctifying" Ben's music. It means more people will be touched by his music. be thankful, not condescending.
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