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Finding Inspiration in Lyrics and Music
As is becoming common, billybuc "done flung a cravin' on me" this morning. Well, not exactly a cravin', but at least a desire to help. He is suffering from reality overload, as we all do from time to time. Despondency, depression, and other feelings settle in to take over our life, or at least try to. We must not allow this to happen. Individually, we are one person alone in the fight against all that is wrong with the world. United, we are the unstoppable force; the irresistible object. Isn't it time we put those who oppose us between the rock and the hard place for a change?
To do that, we must be inspired; we must be diligent; we must overcome. We get that from each other here on Hubpages. Support one another in our endeavors; do not attempt to tear us down. We are here because we enjoy writing. We are not making a living from it (at least, I am not). If I read a hub someone has written, and I don't agree, or enjoy it, I will not attack them; rather I will not leave a comment, or follow them. It may just not be my cup of tea, but that doesn't mean it does not have merit to others. I would never dream of attacking someone. Rather, I choose to inspire either through writing a hub or by commenting where and when I feel it is needed or warranted.
Right now, I feel the need to inspire by writing something to inspire, or to allow someone to find a way to be inspired. Music can work wonders for me in that area. I am going to list some of the songs which inspire me, or just make me feel good. I pray you find enjoyment with them as well.
Bill, this one's for you.
One of my favorite artists is Carman. He is a born again Christian, and he has a way of putting his voice to work for the Lord. This song is a masterpiece at relieving my anxieties during the day, and letting me know I am not alone. Fear Not My Child is the tiltle, and as the title states, we have no reason to fear, He is with us always. How inspirational is that!
If you find you enjoy Carman, try some of his other songs, like The Champion, or We Need God In America Again or my personal favorite, Lazarus. I have heard that song maybe a thousand times, and I STILL get goosebumps when he says "But I knew him in a way that y'all never did!"
This is one of those foot stompin', hand clappin', get up and holler song that lifts my spirit. Rodney Atkins song If You're Going' Through Hell, Keep On Goin' tells you to not give up, to keep your head up. You will survive and be stronger for the experience. Remember, you are not alone. There are those who care for and love you, and if you find a way to forget that, Jesus loves you. You need only ask, He will help you.
You've Got A Friend. How simple; how profound; how needed. Acceptance; love; friendship. These are things we all need, covet, treasure. James Taylor singing Carole King's masterpiece tells you that you are not alone; you have a friend. Sometimes, that is the only thing we need to be inspired. To know we are not alone, that someone cares for us.
Every single one of us has walked in the shadows at some point in our lives. Perhaps we found our own way out; perhaps we had help. The point is, we are walking in the warmth of the sun now. This song is about that realization of emerging from the darkness and finding the way into the sun. Powerful, and thought provoking.
How Great Thou Art is one of those soft, easy to listen to songs that just fill my cup to overflowing with good feelings. The harmonies of The Statler Brothers epitomizes what the song should be. In harmony with one another, finding inspiration in simply enjoying a song.
If you are having trouble seeing the good things in the world, you need only open your eyes. Something good is within your vision if you are only able to recognize it. It may be a cloud in the sky; it may be a child laughing. Or it may be a dog wagging its tail or a kitten meowing. It may be a smile or a hug from someone who cares for you. Seek, and ye shall find. Be inspired by the wonderous things that abound in our world. When you can see only the bad, that is the time you need to look for the good the most. Louis Armstrong's song What A Wonderful World tells us just that. It is there for the finding; all you have to do is ask, seek, look. You will find it.
I hope these songs brightened your day a bit. Just my writing this and searching for and listening to these songs lifted my spirit. I pray it does the same for you. May God Bless.