You may be familiar with these words from the beautiful poetry of the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the musical setting by Pete Seegar known as Turn, Turn, Turn or popular renditions by Judy Collins or The Byrds.
I grew up on hymns. They are still in my mind and my soul, so I wanted to end this month of music with not just any hymn, but one of the grand old hymns of the church. I had many to choose from, but inner guidance was telling me to choose It is Well With My Soul.
There is an amazing story behind this hymn which was written by Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) and was born out of great personal tragedy and loss. First his son died, then he lost his personal fortune when the Chicago First destroyed his real estate investments. Several years later he sent his wife and four daughters by ship to Europe, planning to join them later. The ship wrecked on the way and then the dreaded telegram from his wife arrived. The girls had not made it off the ship. On the ship to meet his wife he wrote those words which have given comfort to so many. The poem moved composer Philip Bliss (1838-1876) to write the music for this great hymn which has given comfort to so many.
Please take a minute to listen to this beautiful A Cappella rendition of It Is Well With My Soul by Vocal Point from Brigham Young University.
“My body, my soul and my mind, simultaneously respond to good music.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita,
When Bob and I started attending New Thought churches music was kind of an afterthought. There was the Unity Hymnal which included songs like Magic Penny and hymns with some of the lyrics changed. Professional musicians were brought in to provide special music. There was often instrumental music for meditation, sometimes live, sometimes recorded.
But now across the movement we are hearing beautiful songs being written which reflect our beliefs. Singe/songwriters like Ricki Byers Beckwith, Nimo, Jan Garret and J.D. Martin, Eddie Watkins Jr., Jana Stanfileld, Rev. Erin Mc Cabe and Karen Drucker just to mention a few, are teaching, inspiring and motivating us with their music and lyrics.
One of my favorites is Daniel Nahmod, singer/songwriter, producer, humanitarian. It is hard for me to choose just one of his many songs to share with you. While I love One Power, what keeps playing over and over in my mind right now is a song called Water. Enjoy.
To learn more about Daniel and his music visit http://www.danielnahmod.com/
Music conveys messages that can be life changing. Powerful song lyrics can help us change our minds, rethink prejudices, find strength to hang in there or move forward, provide comfort and make us realize we are not alone.
Scars to Beautiful by Alessia Care does all of the above. Please take a minute to watch this amazing video.