One of the greatest passions in my life has been music. From listening to scratchy old LPs on my parents’ record player, stage invasions while playing drums in a gutter-punk band in my teens, wooing my soul-mate with heartfelt songs at an open mic night and to getting bashed up in a mosh pit at a P.O.D. gig.
Something about good music moves the blood in a way little else can. It somehow captures the soul and elevates us to a heightened state of emotion.
All my life, some of my favourite music has been music that asks questions. Especially the big questions: God? Justice? Love Truth? I remember hearing Bono in an interview talking about how he’d always preferred the Blues to Gospel – Blues is a genre unafraid to leave questions unanswered, unlike Gospel which can feel superficially ‘complete’ at times. This really resonated with me (especially as a Blues fan).
About a year ago I started compiling a playlist of those searching songs which really capture my heart, and I’ve slowly been adding to it as I come across new stuff. So, I thought I’d share this with my blog family, and invite you to make some suggestions.
Every so often I’ll post a song from ‘Music for Searching Souls’ with a little reflection on it. Credit should be given at this point to my good friend Graeme who came up with a very similar idea first (I forgive you Graeme 😉 ) in his “Rock goes the Gospel” series at http://www.revgraeme.net . Check out his blog for some excellent content.
But for now, here is the playlist so far, please comment below with any suggestions of songs which have touched you, and say a bit about why.
“Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s naming.’
For the loser now will be later to win”
For the times they are a changin”
“What’s so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as they’re being gospel and songs of praise, they are also the blues.”
“And you, liar, teller of tall tales: you trample all the Lord’s commandments underfoot, you murder, steal, commit adultery, and afterward break into tears, beat your breast, and take down your guitar and turn the sin into a song. Shrewd devil, you know very well that God pardons singers no matter what they do, because he can simply die for a song…”
– From ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’