“speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,” –Ephesians 5:19
For the past week or so, I was tasked with picking my top ten albums of all time. OF ALL TIME!
This is no simple thing.
Music is something that stirs my soul. I know I’m not alone. Many of us can hear one note and immediately get drawn back into a time or place- a feeling. Oh yes!
At first glance, I figured I would have a hard time coming up with ten- that number is too high. Tah! While it really has been fun (and tricky), all I needed to do was open the memory pipes of the past- of growing up and growing pains.
Once that happened, I couldn’t turn it off. Now I feel like I could do the top 100 albums of my life.
Here’s a few quick observations from doing this exercise:
- I’m all over the place with my music choices and I love that!
- My foundation is equal parts rock, rap and soul. Heck I may even throw some country in there, for good measure. (I vowed long ago, I’d never go there and alas, that wall has been torn down). In the beginning, I may have stepped outside of my friends zone with the rap, but I didn’t care. I liked it then, and I like it still.
- Music is all about the feeling of that time, remembering word for word, signing loudly. Cruising in the car and just jamming. Who I was with and what we were feeling. Reckless, rage, content, it didn’t matter. We had a bounty of emotions on tap back then! Everything felt heightened when we’d do a Pine Cruise.
- The way we receive and consume music is so different. Technology has knocked me right out of the game. I listen to sports radio in the car or Joel Osteen on satellite. (Sometimes, I even go radio silent to gather and collect my thoughts!) The music channel doesn’t have videos or world wide debuts any longer. iTunes and iPods are in, CD’s are out. All this to say- it’s like my music consumption is still stuck in ten years ago…I just don’t know new artists anymore. I’m showing my age here, I know. But it’s bothering me now. I want my MTV! I want songs and artists that bring me back to 2017 or 2018. As it stands, I’m intermingling my memories of today with songs of the past.
- Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing can’t hold two spaces in my heart, can it? Like me singing in my 1982 white Cutlass Supreme at 18 years of age racing down Military Road with Becky? Or the me now, holding on to my sweet 3-year old granddaughter as we putt-putt in the channel at a slow 6 mph in the New Moon to take her out on the Chesapeake Bay where we can drive really fast on top of the waves?
- Hmmm…I guess there is enough space in my heart for those two different and very real moments of time in my life with that one song- Don’t stop believing.
- That is powerful music! And the power of music.
I love that God has given us these gifts to share and revel in. That we can honor time and places and people of yesterday in a single melody. It makes my heart happy. So, so happy! It makes my Spirit want to sing.
Here are some of my choices:
I’ve only been through the first seven. And I’m saving the best for last so I will be sure to update this, when I make it all the way through.
Add: Last three picks for me…and this was hard-