Have you ever thought about how much music moves us?
I have, especially lately, with the many deaths of well-known artists, such as Natalie Cole, age 65, 12/31/15; Craig Strickland, age 29, 1/4/16; Otis Clay, age 73, 1/8/16; David Bouie, age 69, 1/10/16; and now sadly, this week, Glen Frey, age 67, 1/18/16. As you click on each name, you will hear a song each artist was known for. It was really hard to choose one from the list of The Eagles, because I love them all, and like you, I know every line! My Daddy’s favorite artist was Frank Sinatra, and I wrote a post about ‘Ole Blue Eyes recently. What are your all-time favorite groups? Some of mine include: Bread, Casting Crowns, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Selah, Laura Story, just to name a few. I also LOVE this Casting Crowns song! Oh, and I’ve always loved this Cat Stevens’ song, as well.
Our friend, David R. Brewer, plays piano like no one I have ever heard.
I could listen to David tickle the keys all day long!
As you listen to songs on the radio, CD player, Sonos, Pandora, and I-pods, have you ever thought about how much the lyrics can move us into action when we stop to think about them for a few minutes? One song that did this for me when I was a young mommy was Carole King’s BEAUTIFUL.
The other day as we were driving along, the song In The Living Years, by Mike and the Mechanics came up on our Sirius station. As I listened to the words and then googled the lyrics to read along, I thought about the phrase, “Courageous Conversations” that our pastor, Dr. Ike Reighard taught us nearly a decade ago…having that difficult discussion with our loved ones even when it is awkward or uncomfortable. Our family took this phrase to heart, applying it to problems, to issues, to discussions that came along. We had courageous conversations often…. agreeing to disagree many times.
That is what this In The Living Years is about!