Thursday, March 7, 2013

Week Three of Lent: The Musical Version

This week I've been noticing the effect that music has on my moods.  I used to listen to music all the time, but with three boys, silence is often in short supply.  When they're all home I don't often want add to the din by playing music, and when they're at school, I generally just enjoy the quiet.  But there is some music that just makes me feel happy and I've been trying to listen to at least a little bit every day.  It's like a short cut to an improved outlook on the world...

I have kind of eclectic musical tastes, and if I tried to include a truly representative sample, this post would be really, really long.  (I'm sure that as soon as I hit "publish" I'll think of another dozen I should have put on here instead...)  So here are just a few songs I like; some are silly, some are spiritual, some are spunky, some are soothing, all make me smile.

Mary Chapin Carpenter "Why Walk When You Can Fly"

"The King of Love My Shepherd" (Mack Wilberg arrangement)

Rodney Atkins "Back Road"

"O Mio Babbino Caro" (This version is sung by the amazing Kiri te Kanawa.)

Chris Ledoux, "For Your Love"

"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (I recently discovered this version by Mumford & Sons and I'm in love!)

Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Put a Lid on It" (This just makes me want to dance!)

O.A.R. "Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes"

Sawyer Brown, "800 Pound Jesus" (Seriously, one of the more spiritually moving songs I know, and the video makes me cry every time, but it's a good cry.)

Handel's Water Music

What are some your go-to songs when you need a pick-me-up?


  1. Emily, I love this! Water Music is definitely a pick me up for me as well. Depending on what my mood is, I pick different music. I have recently been listening a lot to Enya. I have also really loved traditional hymns like "Come Thou Fount", "How Firm a Foundation", and "Where Shall I Turn For Peace?". These have helped me immensely over the past couple of years. Another song I have really been enjoying that speaks to me is "Let the Waters Rise" by Mike's Chair. Here is the video if you want to see it. Other times, I just want to listen to 80's music or anything by A-ha. ;)
    Thank you so much for the awesome insights you share regularly! I really appreciate it.

  2. Thanks for sharing that video, JAGS! Some beautiful lyrics...songs that address God directly often speak to me powerfully.

    And I've recently been reliving my high school days listening to the local radio station that plays 90s music, too... So eclectic. :)