I Believe

This evening my honey and I attended a free ‘concert in the park’ here in our hometown not 10 minutes drive from home. And while it was a warm nite (85) the group did a full two hour show without any breaks.

They were terrific! We saw 5 Jersey guys called RB Express (visit their site) who have been together since 2005. We have paid for concerts that were not as good! And they did this for less than 150 people in the grass.

One of the songs they performed happens to be a personal favorite. When I first started singing with Princeton Garden Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, it was the very first song I performed in just a quartet. The song is “I Believe” written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953.

Listening to them sing it so sweetly brought me back to the joy I have always felt when singing, and it was a clear reminder of the things I do believe. In case you don’t recall here are the lyrics:

“I Believe”

I believe for every drop of rain that falls
A flower grows,
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows,
I believe for everyone who goes astray,
Someone will come to show the way,
I believe, I believe.

I believe above the storm a smallest prayer
Will still be heard,
I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word,
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry,
Or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
Then I know why,
I believe.

Every time I hear a newborn baby cry,
Or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
Then I know why,
I believe.

So simply framed, and yet so clear. It feels to to be reminded in such a sweet and powerful way of the things I have faith in. The song has been recorded many times by many people, and in many styles. I am very fond of the a cappella style from my Barbershop experience. So, being the internet addict that I am, I spent the last three hours watching the Olympics and watching & listening to about 40 versions of the song. For your pleasure, I have put my three favorites here, in the order that I love them. Enjoy, I know you will!

First, by Frankie Laine. This recording reached #1 on the Billboard Chart in 1953. The pictures don’t match the words, but they are nice anyway.

My second choice is The Lettermen’s version, of course, a cappella. They recorded this several times between 1965 and 1979.

And my final favorite is this particular recording by Mahalia Jackson. She also recorded “I Believe” multiple times in the 1950’s and 1960’s, this one tops the bill as one of my chosen three.

Now, don’t you feel uplifted?

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