In a season of uncertainty and anxiousness, these songs give me peace and remind me our God is greater than anything we could ever encounter on this earth.
I’m likely biased, but I think music is the greatest. Putting this playlist together was so much fun. It could have been at least a couple hours if it was up to me.
In this time of social isolation, a great consolation and encouragement for me, is music.
These reminders comfort me and cover me with peace when times get rough.
I agree with Brett, music is the greatest! And I’ve found myself listening to a lot of downtempo recently.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself reaching for what is familiar rather than what is new lately.
The theme of water flows through most of the opening songs on this list. While there is no single meaning that the sea, rivers or rain have in literature or song, they are commonly metaphors for life and its challenges or for our longing for cleansing – both of which are certainly elements of this season we are walking through.
I was initially going to begin by comparing the beautiful and the sublime as explored in classical philosophy and how the indulgent sax solo at the end of “Midnight City”… the yearning synth juxtaposed with Thom Yorke’s monotone drawl on “Dawn Chorus”… the nostalgic romanticism of the strings in “Shadow”… the chaos of “21 Moon Water” giving way to the peace of “8 (circle)” – all of these are, to me, examples of the sublime.
These songs capture aspects of my life that have helped me reflect and understand God and His Word. In dealing with the impact of emotional pain and suffering at different stages of life, I choose to praise God. He was not the cause, He is the cure.
I don’t actually listen to music, it’s not my thing. So, rather than pick songs willy-nilly I asked our pastors to pick songs that reminded them of me. The following is, for better or worse, how my co-workers see me. Enjoy!