Thursday, April 14, 2011

How Music Moves Us

Blessings

I bought a new song on iTunes today. It's called "Blessings" from Laura Story. (Check it out!) I have always loved Laura's songs. I heard the song on the radio and called the radio station and asked them to tell me the name of the song.




The first song I ever played and sang at our church was "Mighty To Save." In this new song there's a line that says "What if the trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?" Hmm...

American Idol

We were watching American Idol last night and I liked how many of the contestants decided to forgo advice from their music mentor and sing what they wanted.

I think it was pretty clear that when you sing something you really believe in, it can resonate with the audience. I'm not saying those who poo-pooed the expert's opinion, are going to win, but to use the overly used phrase: "be true to yourself". I think you can have less talent and less ability, but mesmerize your audience because you are singing straight from the heart.

Children With Special Needs

I just read how special needs children are very responsive to music. They may even be nonverbal and yet, music can be a non threatening way to communicate with them. Doesn't surprise me in the least.

Easter Sunday

This Easter Sunday, our family will still serve up chocolate bunnies and hidden eggs, but we will also be at church, celebrating the true meaning of Easter. The meaning will be clearer to me this year. Hopefully the song that I will play and sing with two friends ("Glorious Day" by Casting Crowns) will resonate with many people there.

6 comments:

  1. I've heard so much lately about the song "Blessings". I'm off to take a listen!

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  2. I bought that one the other day!!! Love that song!

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  3. i haven't heard that song. must go and listen to it now. and would really love to hear you play the piano one day....maybe you should have your hubby video tape you on easter sunday and you can post it on your blog.

    happy friday friend!

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  4. Music is one of the most vital parts of ministry in my eyes. I feel like it reaches the soul of everyone and makes believers smile and non-believers seek.

    I'm glad you will have a clearer understanding this year!

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  5. Hello, I don't know how I ran into your blog but I wanted to share about my special needs daughter and music. She is legally blind but her hearing is top notch. when she is scared usually when she is getting blood work and they can locate a vein that is not all scarred from 7 years of constant sticks all I have to do is sing Jesus Loves You to her and she immediately calms down. And when she was in the NICU for 111 days my singing JLY to her, her readings on the monitor would stabilize. I am a firm believer of music.
    Christina W (a preemie mom)
    alicen_red_one@yahoo.com

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  6. ooohh, gotta go listen. I've never hear of it before. fascinating about special needs kids and music-now it makes sense to my why my autistic nephew constantly watches the wiggles and barney. he's 15 and still watches them.

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