I love music. I can’t tell you the names of many artists or the names of their songs or when they wrote them and what number on the billboard their songs reached. I probably couldn’t even tell you the name of my favorite song. I could hum it for you but it wouldn’t sound the same to you as it does in my head. But I love music nonetheless.
There are some songs that cut right through my flesh and penetrate right into the depths of my soul.
It’s really amazing how powerful music is. I can be in the middle of an incredibly horribly awful mood and then I’ll turn on some music and instantly the storm cloud fizzles and I’m uplifted to a better place. (And then I wonder why I didn’t turn it on sooner.)
Music calms me, strengthens me, guides me, inspires me, soothes me, energizes me. It speaks to me and makes my soul dance.
For every situation in life, there’s a perfect song to go along. Music isn’t just another form of entertainment – not good music anyway. Real, true music is beauty in song form. It’s genius.
I know we only have 8 days left of Advent (!) but I finally put together my own Advent playlist. (Although I keep changing and adding to it as I find new songs.) I love listening to it while making dinner or while cleaning-up. The songs I found fill my heart with HOPE. Real hope. Hope of a promise of a Messiah, a Savior, an ANSWER. Mercy, forgiveness, redemption. The fulfillment of a long-awaited promise. A promise of hope and an answer that all this – our lives, our struggles, joys, sufferings – that it is all worth it…that there is a reason.
Here is the link to my Spotify Advent 2013 playlist so you may also be filled with songs of Hope and Promise.
(I tried embedding the cool Spotify play box but it didn’t work. I’m not cool enough.)
Also, originally the playlist included songs from Marian Grace’s In the Bleak Midwinter but I don’t know why they are unavailable now – maybe Spotify lost their rights to the songs? (You can also Buy the CD through Ignatius.) I really love Marian Grace’s sound – classical, instrumental, crisp, fresh, beautiful.
I found a few new bands – to me – while searching for Advent songs.
The Robbie Seay Band . I liked a lot of their Advent songs from their December Vol. 2: Songs of Advent .
The Brilliance and their Advent, Vol. 1. and Advent, Vol.2 albums.
Young Oceans and their Advent (Deluxe) .
Has anyone else ever heard of these bands?