Just for fun (and because what I was planning to post is like four pages long and not nearly ready for anyone else’s eyes), here are some songs I’ve been loving lately.
- Through All of It by Colton Dixon (iTunes)
“I have won. I have lost. I got it right sometimes, but sometimes I did not. Life’s been a journey. I’ve seen joy; I’ve seen regret. Oh, and You have been my God through all of it.”
Yes, yes, You have.
On our late-night drive home from the river last week, my friend Lindsee asked me what songs I listened to in high school. Hmm…I don’t know. Whatever my friend Morgan was listening to, I guess. It turns out I’m easily influenced when it comes to music. I also tend to pick friends who love music, so it’s working for me. All that to say, Lindsee played me some songs by Kacey Musgraves during that car ride, and I’ve pretty much been listening to them ever since. Here are my two favorites:
- Cup of Tea by Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“…and we’ve all got the right to be wrong…Nobody’s everybody’s favorite so you might as well just make it how you please…’Cause you can’t be everybody’s cup of tea. And why would you wanna be?”
- Biscuits by Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“Mend your own fences, and own your own crazy.”
Kacey has a little bit of an attitude, but alas, so do I.
Later (like days later), I remembered some of what I listened to in high school. Garth Brooks was one of my favorites and still is. I actually used this song for a high school poetry project. Yep. Songs are poems.
- The River by Garth Brooks (Amazon – Garth Brooks isn’t singing this one. It’s apparently very hard to find.)
And then there are these by Jillian Edwards. I discovered her all by myself. And I pretty much love everything about what she says and how she says it.
Definitely didn’t find Ellie Holcomb on my own. I think my college roommate Marella first introduced me to her, and she later resurfaced in Katie and Kimi’s kitchen. Anyhow, she’s great:
- Only Hope I’ve Got by Ellie Holcomb (iTunes)
“‘Cause I don’t wanna tell some arrogant story or let myself believe I’m You. I don’t wanna be a thief who’s stealing Your glory. Will You help remind me of what is true? The only hope I’ve got…is You.”
Oh, yes, Lord. Help remind us.
And for the days when we need to remember that God’s presence can be trusted even when it can’t be proven:
- Silence by Joy Williams (iTunes)
And on the days when the fireflies come out and the faithfulness of God is on display, may we have our eyes open to see it:
- Have Your Eyes Open by Christa Wells (feat. Ellie Holcomb) (iTunes)
My dad sent me this next one when I was in college, which I think makes me love it just a little bit more:
- Dream Big by Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband (iTunes)
“When you cry be sure to dry your eyes ’cause better days are sure to come…And when you smile, be sure to smile wide…And when you laugh, be sure to laugh out loud ’cause it will carry all your cares away…And when you dream, dream big.”
Speaking of dads. Let’s talk about this song:
- Good, Good Father by Housefires (iTunes)
Pretty sure that if songs were still on records, I’d have worn it right out.
And then there’s this one:
- Captain by Hillsong UNITED (iTunes)
“Like the stars, Your Word will align my voyage, and remind me where I’ve been and where I am going.”
Yes. Just that.
Okay, now that we’ve established that I rarely discover music on my own, this is where I ask you to share yours. What are your favorites? Who are you listening to today?