Secular music + my wackadoo brain + Christianity = this post.
Please tell me that I’m not the only one who mentally converts normal song lyrics into Christian worship band tunes. Please. I’m already questioning my sanity enough as it is.
Let’s take Mumford & Sons. Wonderfully talented musicians, but unfortunately very much of this world. To list some of the song titles, they are “Roll Away Your Stone”, “Awake My Soul”, “After the Storm”, “Babel”, and “Lover of the Light”. Is that not simply begging to be transformed? In fact, that entire album is filled with religious imagery and should be adopted on the double.
Or “Starlight” by Muse. “My life, you electrify my life, let’s conspire to ignite, all the souls that would die just to feel alive. But I’ll never let you go if you promise not to fade away.” Slightly on the cheesy side for my decidedly practical heart, but the Jesus freak is strong in this one. Besides, Muse has a lot of songs with apocalyptic feels to them, and we both know how much Christians love the apocalypse. The world ends and we go to Heaven…it’s kind of a big day for us.
I think they actually did this one at my old church, it’s “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. I recommend listening to this song on your own, because the whole thing has a tidbit that could be pulled from it and I am not inclined to post the entirety of it here.
“No music is complete without including the 80s” – my mom (I’m almost positive she has said this at some point, probably with much dramatic flair and a dance move straight from Footloose.) Therefore, in honor of that quote, I must add Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Bon Jovi’s “Living On a Prayer”. If you haven’t heard either of those, then you are either an infant or have lived underneath a rock for almost half a century. Anyway, just from the titles you can tell that these songs are going to have a suspicious bit of awesomeness about them that can only come from Jesus.
Wow, I need to put a “cheesy alert” on the above paragraph.
And lastly, we have U2. The lead singer and guitarist, Bono, has notably talked about his faith in Jesus before, but the band deserves a mention anyways.
And so this rambling post is brought to its end, with you and God hopefully laughing and I debating why my mind is allowed to share its ideas in public when it comes up with things such as this.