The other day I wrote about the care taking of our souls. Part of that is simply paying attention, part is making room in our routines for silence and for meditation…for listening. There is another part, as well, though, and for me this has always been an important element.
I wish I could say that I was a great songwriter or that I played an instrument well, but I do not. I have, however, always been moved by music, and now as I am well into my 40’s I find that to be all the more true.
There are songs that can move me to tears within just a few chords, and songs that can make me want to dance. Songs that bring joy and songs that bring a release to the emotions that sometimes I keep at bay. There is something rather remarkable about music, and there is something about those who create.
I firmly believe that we are created by a Creator who among other things is marked by an amazing imagination. Imagination that created all that we see…the colors and the plants and the animals and the birds and the fish and the….countless things. Imagination that created belly laughs in babies and tears that release not only cleansing liquid but cleansing emotions.
We have a Creator. And we are marked by His image. Part of that mark is imagination and creativity and…music.
Music that moves our emotions and gives us all a vehicle for worship. Music that can make a two year old light up and dance, and music that can bring us to our knees in wonder with a burning desire to express that wonder to something beyond us…to the One who created it all.
There is so much I could say on this, but for now it was simply this. In the midst of the season of Lent when things are more stark and when we contemplate the sacrifice made by Jesus…when we face with Him toward Jerusalem and we recognize how broken our world is and how sinful and broken we ourselves are…we look forward to that moment on Easter Sunday when we cry out and rejoice that He Is Risen! Part of that rejoicing will be enabled by music.
Part of my caretaking of my soul is enabled by music. And so I am very thankful for those who are diligent in their gifting to bring us chords and words and melodies that move our souls. That’s what I wanted to say the other day, but it would have been a bit too long!!
Just for kicks, here are a few artists moving me at the moment…
Andrew Peterson, because, well, he combines story telling with music in a way that captures even my kiddos imaginations. There is the range of playfulness in his songs, to the understanding of what it is to feel the Silence of God. His Behold the Lamb of God tour is a staple for bringing us into focus for the Advent season.
Charlie Peacock. Another story-teller, and one who gets me moving. Somehow Charlie’s music is always connected to events in my life and when I hear a song from him I can place where I heard it first and what was happening in my life. There is great joy in much of Charlie’s music, but it is paired with understanding of the struggles of life. Check out his new music, like Let The Dog Back in the House
Over the Rhine, because, well how can you not be moved by Karin’s vocals?!
Sam Moran. Okay, this one takes a little more explanation. Most of you who have kids probably know who Sam is…he is, or, er, was, the Yellow Wiggle. Yep. The Wiggles. We watched them some with the boys, mostly with our Sammy which was about when Sam Moran took over that position (long story…google it on your own). Well, Miss Maddie has been completely taken by the Wiggles. She lights up with joy at certain songs, and yes I firmly believe the music moves her. Sam put out a solo album a few years back and I thought I’d listen to it just for fun because I enjoy his voice. The album has become one of those that are marked in your playlist because of the timing of their discovery…this album has brought not only a bit of laughter in the light hearted songs, but also a soothing backdrop in some of the moments of thinking about Mom’s decline. I don’t know if he’ll ever put anything grown up out again, but I’m thankful for this project…and Maddie is thankful he sings kids songs.
Classical music is always part of the mixture for me and I am slowly introducing the boys to various composers as we work through our home school day.
Thanks, some of these I do not know, but will check out. For me, it is Sherri Youngward. I could never explain how her music affects me, but it does and I am forever grateful for having met her and been given the gift of her singing.
It’s funny how one artist will stay with you. I have had several over the years…Randy Stonehill, Van Morrison, Nanci Griffith. The addition of Sam Moran is somewhat humorous since most of the music I am familiar with of his has to do with Hot Potatoes and Big Red Cards! There is something in his voice, though, that I liked, and his grown-up album has been a blessing.
I’m also realizing how much there is to this discussion of the imagination as a mark of the Spirit…a mark of the image of God in us. There is so much more to say!!!
Sarah, Music has been a huge part of my life going back 45 years. Growing up in a very bad environment music was a way of escape for me and reading lyrics was my way of trying to figure things out.
Music is able to speak to and for me. It might be something from decades ago such as Cat Stevens or Simon and Garfunkle.
The Vineyard, Maranatha, and Jesus Culture music bring a calm and peace to me when I listen to them.
Currently Robin Mark, Rita Springer, and David Nevue’s piano music get much attention from me. You might want to go to youtube and listen to something from Alberto and Kimberly Rivera. I find their music to be pure expressions of worship. God bless you Sarah.
Erunner…thanks for coming by!!
It is amazing he role that music plays in so many people’s lives. Even our littlest who is only 19 months is moved by music…either calmed or energized.
I’ll check out your suggestions!!