Thursday, 25 October 2007

A musical interlude

Having worked until 11 pm on Monday night I was not really feeling enthusiastic about going out on Tuesday evening after a full day at work. However, some months ago I had thought that in the midst of this year it was important to do some things that were not strictly work or Church and had got tickets for Garry and I to go to a Runrig concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire. With a distinct lack of enthusiasm we met at the Tube Station and went off to join the queue - which turned out to be the wrong one, so we joined the next, eventually getting into the right one on the third try! Not an auspicious start.

But then when the band started we were drawn into something which raised our spirits and caught our imagination. The band sang songs in English and in Gaelic. There was a fantastic number with four of the band playing drums. We sang along to the choruses of many songs we knew and the final encore of Loch Lomond sent the audience out on a high which was for me a spiritual experience. I needed that lift and share some words from one of my favourite songs below. I am interested to know what music lifts your soul. It's not always the things people expect.

But you came to me like the ways of children
Simple as breathing, easy as air
Now the years hold no fears, like the wind they pass over
Loved, forgiven, washed, saved

Every river I try to cross
Every hill I try to climb
Every ocean I try to swim
Every road I try to find
All the ways of my life
I'd rather be with you
There's no way
Without you


Sally said...

what wonderful is an amazing soul lifter, and many different types appeal to me at different times- from Bach to Radiohead!
Earlier this year I was rescued during a severe bout of depression by listening to Taize Chants esp. O lord hear my prayer, it was the only way I could pray... the music prayed through me and for me!

Anonymous said...

Yes I like music too - it does that thing for me that a lot of other words don't always do BUT i think we need to be careful not to look for spiritual expereicnes from secular music as most music does have some kind of spiritual root.We have been called to be in the world but not of the world and therefore our spiritual hits should come from Jesus and His Word. That said, I love secular music but I keep it in the place of entertainment and fun, that's not to say it doesn't touch my emotions especially when I equate certain songs with special times but having lived so secularly at one time I think its wise to be careful not to live by emotion which is what secular songs stir up. Having rattled on there is a load of Christian rubbish about too and that's not just new stuff, its older tunes too.
Never mind the music, its just good to chill and do something other than church, work and politeness!