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Personally Meaningful

A friend asked me a funny question a few days ago. She said, ‘What is your favourite song that isn’t religious, but you make it religious?’

I had to think for a while. I didn’t think I had any. But after a think I remembered, it is this:

I don’t know if it properly fits the category of not being religious. But for me this song expresses an almost ideal relationship with God that I really aspire to.

How about you?

 

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A Pleasant Reminder

I am not my own

For I have been made new

Please don’t let me go

I desperately need you

— Meteor Shower by Owl City

All is Full of Love

I first encountered this song on a list of the greatest music videos of all time. I remember reading somewhere that Bjork wrote this song because she felt that people had too narrow an idea of what love is. Love is not just a feeling between to people  who are ‘in love’. She is singing about a wider, broader, deeper force.

Twist your head around
It’s all around you…

You just ain’t receiving
Your phone is off the hook
Your doors are shut

This is a call for us to open our eyes, twist our heads around, pick up the phone. Love, the most precious thing, the one thing all people need, what people live and die for… is all around you! All is full of love!

The closing of the song is a reiteration of that idea, she shouts and sings the same line over and over again, rejoicing in the glory of that thought:

All is full of love!
All is full of love!

Hard Sun

I have decided to start a new series of posts called Songs that Touch My Heart. Building on White Blank Page, I will occasionally review and reflect on songs that I feel have a special way of reaching into the soul and resonating with something deep inside.

All the posts in this series will be put into one category which is clickable in the menu on the right.

Hard Sun by Eddie Vedder (an Indio cover), is from the Into the Wild soundtrack .

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White Blank Page

You desired my attention

But denied my affections

I find this song chastening, mostly because much of the time I do desire people’s attention and do my best to deny their affections. Not that I’m sleeping around or anything, but to a certain extent Jesus had a good point when he said that a man who even looks at a woman in lust commits adultery in his heart. It’s a good reminder that we must consider people, and relationships, whole, and not superficially.

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