FF: Five Songs

When I was a very little girl growing up in Virginia, I never missed a Sunday going to Court Street Baptist Church. But there was something else that made Sundays special, and that was “Davey and Goliath.” Every week the opening strains of the theme song would find me lying on the floor, chin on hands, looking up expectantly to watch the adventures of a clay boy and his big dog.

What I didn’t realize was who wrote that music, the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

It was the same Martin Luther who said:

“I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.”

On this Friday before Reformation Sunday, let’s talk about music. Share with us five pieces of music that draw you closer to the Divine, that elevate your mood or take you to your happy place. They might be sung or instrumental, ancient or modern, sacred or popular…whatever touches you.

1) All Will Be Well – the Gabe Dixon Band… I fell in love with this song in Nashville – it pretty much sums up my theology (and may be the reason I love Moltmann so much)

2) Here I Am Lord – the song that represents my call – I love singing the harmony on the chorus when you get a big group of people together.
3) I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness – this song gets me up on my feet and moving.  at a time when I was taking better care of myself and exercising regularly – this was the number one song on my playlist.
4) Hey Ya – Outkast – my dad and I danced to this song at my wedding – not for our father/daughter dance… but because he liked the song and we requested it. It still makes me giggle thinking about us out there busting a move
5) Shelter – Ray Lamontagne – another artist I fell in love with during seminary.  If my husband hadn’t had a song already – I would have lobbied hard for this one for our first dance.

2 Comments

  • Sally

    October 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I'd never heard Shelter before, thank you for the link. Great play.

  • Songbird

    October 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Here I Am, Lord, is a big part of my call story, too. Such a wonderful hymn.

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