Last week’s collaborative playlist for “Do not steal” is another cracker, and besides the almost obligatory track by Jane’s Addiction, features the first appearance in this series of a song from a musical. You can listen to the playlist here: 8: do not steal. Kara Chesnutt scores a copy of TEN for submitting “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog, which features the ’90s grunge vocal talents of Chris Cornell & Eddie Vedder, and gets to the wider view of the Eighth Word: It’s not enough just not to steal – we are called not to withhold what we have from someone in need.
This week we get to the Word for which the playlist could potentially be endless: “Do not commit adultery.” When I was growing up, my parents were pub entertainers: mum played the piano while dad crooned away. One of his standards was “Your cheating heart,” being a pretty huge fan of Tammy Wynette, so right there we could have half the playlist (think,”Stand By Your Man”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”…).
For the book, I chose this lyric by Del Amitri, from the song, “Be My Downfall”:
“And twenty miles away she waits alone for me, but when I try to picture her, you’re the one I see. And in another situation I could put up a fight, but you will be my downfall tonight.”
As always with the Ten Words, “do not commit adultery” is just the starting place for what the Word is getting at. In the chapter on the Seventh Word I quote from Joan Chittister’s reflection:
“‘You shall not commit adultery’ is the word that calls us to truly care about the people we say we love. Not to use them. Not to exploit them. Not to ignore them. Not to patronize them. Not to manipulate them for the sake of your own satisfaction.” To love your neighbour – in this case your spouse – as yourself.
So – what songs come to mind for this Word? Leave the lyric, song title and artist in the comments below, and let’s see what kind of playlist we can come up with this week!