Are You Tired of Singing Sad Songs?
Are you tired of singing sad songs? I sure am.
We've all experienced it: those moments when nothing seems right and all we can do is play a sad song on the radio and weep our heart out. We wish we could live again, and yet the pain somehow makes us feel the most alive we've ever been. I am sure you have felt sadness: you may have experienced a death in your family, or a breaking up of a close relationship, or the imperial force of change. I've been there too. Some of my favorite songs have titles like "Withered and Died" or "Learning How to Die" or "I Hate Christmas Parties".
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We are born screaming and crying, and it takes us months to learn how to laugh. Pain and sadness are shared by all of humanity. We are a broken people. Some people are afraid of sadness, or they pretend it doesn't it exist. The fact of the matter is, suffering is a part of life on earth. What really matters is how we deal with it.
When I look down my "Top 25 Most Played" playlist on iTunes, I find that at least half of the songs have definite themes of sadness penetrating through the lyrics. Why is that? Why is it that a sad song can speak to your suffering soul when nothing else seems to?
But then I ask, can listening to sad music go too far? If I listen to the same depressing songs over and over again, am I actually recovering from the pain, or am I sinking beneath the pressure of my own failures never to rise to the happy music world again? A sad song is sympathetic, yes. But does it uplift?
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." ~ Philippians 4:8
I believe a sad song has its place and purpose. David himself, so many times in the Psalms, cries out in pain and suffering. But not every song of David was sad. He also praised his Savior, exulted in the beauty of the creation around him, and rejoiced in all the blessings of life. Sad songs aren't wrong, but they can be damaging if we dwell on them to the point that we no longer seek the joy that God can provide.
If you're down in the bottomless pit, don't be afraid to be sad. But look up to Jesus, the only true comforter. Below is a list of some in-between songs. They are sad, yet hopeful. Grasp onto true hope, and never let go. If you don't want to listen to all of these songs, at least listen to the last one by Anberlin.
Tired of Singing Sad Songs by Sara Beth Geoghegan
Let's start off with "Tired of Singing Sad Songs", seeing that I pretty much stole my title from this song. This is a heartfelt song that feels the penetrating winter of the soul, and yet sees the future of a spring. Everything feels dead right now, but wait a while longer, and you'll see that flowers come with the spring.
The Cure for the Pain by Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman is a brilliant and honest songwriter. This song is honest with the fact of pain. It's saying that we, as Christians, are called to a life of difficulty. There's no running away, no cure other than Christ.
No One Else Knows by Building 429
People will always disappoint you, and you are the biggest disappointment of all. But God never disappoints.
Waiting Room by Johnny Diaz
This is a prayer to God. Diaz says that no matter how God answers his prayer, he will still praise Him. Sometimes we don't understand why God does what He does, but ultimately He knows what is best for our lives.
Other Side of the Cloud by Sara Beth Geoghegan
Here's another song of Sara Beth Geoghegan. This one is from the perspective of hope found, looking back to the time when the storm never seemed to leave.
I Believe in Love by BarlowGirl
Some of the lyrics for this song were found written on a wall in a holocaust concentration camp. They are powerful words. "I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining. I believe in love, even when I don't feel it. I believe in God, even when He is silent."
When I Go Down by Relient K
Life is worthless without God. We fall over and over again, but God can lift us back up.
Smile by Madeleine Peyroux
Just smile, even when your heart is breaking.
Instead by Madeleine Peyroux
Instead of dwelling on the negative things in life, focus on all the blessings you do have. It shouldn't be too hard to find something to be thankful for.
The Unwinding Cable Car by Anberlin
This is my most played song. It is one of my forever favorites. We are brilliant when we belong to Christ.
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The Psalms are filled with beautiful, uplifting poetry
verse 6 ~ I am weary with my sighing; every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears.
verse 9 ~ The Lord has heard my supplication, the Lord receives my prayer.
verse 3 ~ My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, "Where is you God?"
verse 11 ~ Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.