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The Real World - MP3 Audio File

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The Real World - MP3 Audio File

Track 6 from Big World Getting Smaller by The Jay Beech Band


Released in 1989, Big World Getting Smaller was Jay's first new entertainment product since his debut recording, The Death of the Stickman, in 1982. It included a number of songs that reflected the tense political climate and global threats of that era including nuclear proliferation, toxic waste, and population growth. Shortly after it's release, the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union collapsed, and the Cold War was officially over, all of which really ruined the sales of this title. Boy, sometimes you just can't win.

Yet, it seems that these issues have not yet disappeared. The title song speaks of our big world being made smaller both by technology and by exploding population growth. This creates a shrinking world with a greatly heightened awareness of the increasing disparity between the poor and those in positions of privilege. As people of hope, Christians must still believe that our problems are not insurmountable, although, as the song says,
“It's gonna take a lot of real persistence
With hearts and brains and the Lord's assistance.”


This story starts from the perspective of the man born blind in John 9 whom Jesus healed. But what is “the real world” that would be revealed to a person whose eyes have been opened for the first time? The destructiveness of war? The hypocrisy of the Church? Yes, but also the reconciling power of God in the world and the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. As far as we know, this is the only song that includes the well-known Latin phrase used by Martin Luther, “Simul iustus et peccator” – trans. “I am, at the same time, a sinner and a saint.”

DIgitally remastered MP3 audio file - 5:05 - 44.1 kHz, 160kbps - 5.8mb

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