Sometimes music is just plain fun, like this song from The Browns.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
This month at Espirational.com we are exploring music. This will be a fun month with daily quotes, blog posts, videos and and a special feature. You won’t want to miss my interview with singer/songwriter Bill Tonnis coming up on September 15.
Whether or not you think you are a musician or even a music lover, we all go through life surrounded by music. It is all around us!
Advertisers know music is a way to get their messages directly into the thoughts and minds of consumers. Remember the famous “jingles” from the commercials of the 60’s and 70’s? Does “you deserve a break today” still pop up in your mind for no reason? Do you still want to sing the “I’d like to buy the world a coke” version of “I’d like to teach the world to sing?”
Music is also used in religious services to inspire, teach and guide us to oneness with the divine. Hymns and choruses often come to my mind and surprisingly, they are usually exactly what I need at the moment.
Politicians even use music to try to stir people up and encourage us to vote or take other action. Candidates now sometimes use a “theme song” that is played at their campaign rallies and other events. Songs like The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless America have been used to unite or even divide us as Americans.
So this month is all about music I hope you will follow us at Espirational.com as we explore music.
that helps us get up and move and reminds of our truth in ways that are easy to remember and get down into our soul.
“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” –JOHN DENVER
I believe the Hymn of Promise is one of the most beautiful, simple, yet theologically correct hymns of our time. Written by Natalie Sleeth as a choir anthem, a hymn version is included in the United Methodist Hymnal. Although not normally thought of as an Easter hymn I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate.
The Lord is risen! Life wins! The end is just the beginning! Hallelujah! AMEN! And so it is.