It’s the evening of Easter Sunday as I write this, more than three weeks after I completed my 30 Days of Song thing. I used the same song — “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin — for a couple of those days.

But I’ve quickly grown to love another song just as much: the David Crowder Band’s rendition of “He Loves Us”

This song inspires me as much as Tomlin’s and I absolutely want to weep with emotion when I hear it and realize anew just how much He indeed loves us.

See, in the Hebrew language, “love” isn’t just a fuzzy feeling. It’s action. And when Jesus took the cross on our behalf, He took action that is utterly staggering to contemplate.

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Day 27-a song from a movie

Anyone who read my long-running, slow-burning treatise on Life Lessons I learned from The Empire Strikes Back won’t be a bit surprised at this selection.

“The Asteroid Field” by John Williams

A rare bit of scene scoring that functions equally well as a concert piece, this is some of John Williams’ greatest writing.

Incidentally, there is a concert version of the song. It’s not nearly as good.

Playing a bit of catch-up. Daylight Savings Time always does a number on me.

Day 12-a song that reminds you of your independence

A young person definitely came up with this list. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as I’ve matured, it’s that we’re never truly independent. We depend on other people for almost everything, and upon God for everything ELSE.

Still, I recently heard a song that I associate with a very isolated time in my life. I’d just graduated from college and had opted to stay in my college city to attempt to find my own way.

This was the first time in my life that I felt truly alone, with no relatives within 500 miles. And as I watched my family pull away that late-spring day, I felt a wave of misery that threatened to buckle my knees.

I recovered within the hour, though. Probably the fact that one of my hallmates hadn’t quite left town for summer yet (the dorm we lived in was essentially an apartment, so we had some weeks left to find new housing) helped to mitigate the loneliness.

My friend was a hard-rock and metal music enthusiast, and had introduced me to Alice In Chains. So whenever I think of those post-graduation weeks, I think of that great album, Dirt, and usually this song:


The song’s about drugs, or withdrawal from same, so I really don’t relate. And it’s not even my favorite song of the album. But it’s the one for the day.

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Day 13-a song that reminds you of a news story

At first, I was going to punt on this one, since there’s no news story that reminds me of a song, or vice versa.

But yesterday’s song reminded me that the band’s lead singer had died from drug addiction. That made me recall another singer whose struggle with addiction indirectly led to his early death, in 1984 — Marvin Gaye.

Marvin Gaye, 1939-1984

Although I really wasn’t familiar with him or his music at the time, I have never forgotten the moment I heard the news. He’d been shot dead by his father in a domestic scuffle including over money, his drug use and increasingly violently paranoid behavior.

Some years later, I discovered my father’s record collection. One of my favorites, of course, was Marvin’s “What’s Goin’ On.” And this selection:

…always reminds me of the day he died. Bitterly ironic.

 

Day 08-a song from your prom or your senior year of high school

Funny how this subject follows on the heels of the story of my non-first-kiss. It’s a wonder that I even got a date for my senior prom at all!

Interestingly, I wasn’t at all shy about asking girls to prom. It’s probably because I asked my best friend first, so I wasn’t intimidated about it.

  • But…she already had a date.
  • Then I asked the cute sister I sat next to in that class I can’t recall. Some elective of some sort. She was taken, too.
  • Then my favorite blonde. But she was going to another school’s prom that week.
  • Then I asked my crush from art club. I think she was so shocked that she didn’t think I was serious. (Plus there was the whole black guy/white girl thing that was still a little bitty bit taboo back then. *I* didn’t care, but other people *did*.)

That pretty well exhausted my candidates. I had determined to go stag — ’cause I was GOIN’, dagnabit! — when someone suggested a gal I hadn’t seen in years because she’d moved to another school.

Ever had one of those moments that’s part lightbulb, part facepalm? This was one of those. Of COURSE I should’ve asked her! Should’ve asked her first!

I called her up and she was only too glad to go.

Anyhow, at the actual prom there was a moment when I was walking to get drinks when this song came on:

For some reason I felt like the coolest dude in the world at that moment. (It wouldn’t last.)

 

I thought I’d hit “publish” on this yesterday. Sheesh.

Day 06: a song that reminds you of your BFF.

For my older readers, “BFF” is youthspeak for “Best Friend Forever.” While I have a few long-term friends, only one person on Earth truly qualifies for the BFF title — my only brother.

He’s just a couple of years younger, so we essentially grew up together. Even though I teased him mercilessly (because he was so easy to provoke), we remained close friends and almost never fought the way some siblings do. During our frequent moves during our boyhood years, we sort of had to hold to each other as a steady constant. We even attended the same college.

Adulthood has been an adjustment since, unlike me, he has never really returned home. He’s always had a healthy dose of wanderlust; I’ve resigned myself to the fact that he’ll probably always be an average of 1,000 miles away. Indeed, I know he’s happiest and most fulfilled that way and wouldn’t have it otherwise.

But when he’s home, I love the familiar sight of him from behind plugging away at some project on his computer in his old bedroom. And, unlike myself, who likes to put an iTunes playlist completely on random, my brother prefers to play a select few songs daily.

During one of his more recent visits, he’d listen to “1,000 Oceans” by Tori Amos ALL THE TIME. So of course, I can’t hear it without thinking of him.

To echo some of the song’s lyrics: I could never, would never keep him from flying. And most of the time, I don’t cry a bit, much less a thousand oceans. But once in a while …like today(:))…I just want to sail him home.