“Nature” is the root word

I wonder if we could analyze the power of the connection between this song and women?

This performance wraps into one song all the emotion of a Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music, the sassiness of a Sally Field in Norma Rae, the power of Golda Meir, the spirit of a southern worship leader, the abandon of an olympic athlete, the control of a neurosurgeon, and delivers it like the best meal you ever ate.

But in addition, there is something powerfully simple, I think, about the lyric.  The root of “natural” is “nature.” We talk about the garden, Eden, going back to the garden, the despoilment of the garden, the machine in the garden, the loss of the garden. Could we not follow that discussion in environmental history into the components of the garden from Eve’s perspective?  Start here.

 

 

 

One thought on ““Nature” is the root word

  1. We speak of how “curiosity killed the cat” but consider our irresistible natural curiosity and intellect. The courage of challenging the only law given. The hedonism, aestheticism, sensual allure of the “forbidden fruit” in the garden. Does the garden story suggest blind obedience or balance? Discipline or patience or something altogether different? Gluttony or being satisfied with less? A garden that is only satisfying when all the senses are engaged through a bundle of relationships?

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