This has been a refrain for me in so many prayers over the last few months, and I think will continue to be.
As before, it is so profound to listen to all these songs in the same sitting, and relive some of theexperiences they are attached to. Some of it is painful to relive, some joyous, some simply peaceful. It’s amazing how music can evoke so much, even just in the listening. I look forward to doing it again in the Spring!
There is an assignment this semester for one of my classes that asks us to create a musical tapestry, that is, a collection of songs that reflect different stages or elements of our lives.For the assignment, we are also supposed to involve various music therapy concepts and research, but it gave me the idea of preserving the music that is meaningful to me now, so that I can look back on it in the future.
I think perhaps I will organize this by month, or maybe season, so here are some of the most significant songs for me this fall.
“Leaving on a Jet Plane”, John Denver
Because I did, you know, leave on a jet plane, and left everyone in my country behind… I was thrilled to be going, but there is that piece of you that does “hate to go” even so.
“The Parting Glass”, Ed Sheeran
There are many variations of this song, and this is not the first one I heard, but it was playing in the airport just as I was about to board the plane for Ireland, which I thought was cool, given it’s an Irish song as far as I know.
“Gold”, from Once
Again, the Irish connection, but actually I just love this song in general, and have been listening to it pretty regularly for a while.
“My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness”, Keith & Kristyn Getty
I love Ghetty hymns, but this one has been particularly relevant lately because my heart IS SO FILLED with thankfulness to the Lord for his provision in recent times.A year ago, I never would have thought I would be in another country 12 months on from then.I wanted a job, not more education.I certainly wasn’t crazy enough to actually think an international move was in my future, but God had other plans, and he’s been so faithful with every question mark and concern in the process.
“Empty”, Ray LaMontagne
Just such a nice sound, and reminds me a bit of Tennessee and Virginia.
“Let it be Me”, Ray LaMontagne
“Boston”, Mick Flannery
Such a sweet song.I saw Mick Flannery in concert at my university a couple of weeks ago, and this was one of the only songs I really loved.
“No Name”, Ryan O’Shaughnessy
Granted, I’ve always adored this song.
“Eve, The Apple of My Eye”, Bell X1
Okay, if you don’t like Damien Rice, stop here, because every other song is one of his from here on out hahaha.A friend and fellow musician here introduced me officially to Irish song writer Damien Rice, and I’m kind of in love with a lot of his songs.I tried to narrow it down to a couple for this, but I just couldn’t!
“Older Chests”, Damien Rice
Just really pretty
““Volcano”, Damien Rice
I like duets.
“The Blower’s Daughter/Elephant”,“, Damien Rice
My first favorite. ❤
“Colour Me In”, Damien Rice
My second first favorite! Ah I can’t even it’s just so good!
Wow, that was more extensive than I thought it would be, but kind of cool to see all the songs I have been listening to on repeat for the last few weeks all laid out in a list.I didn’t realize how many Irish song writers and singers were on this list until now haha.Irish people just write good music… what can I say?