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Song for Saturdays

8 May

Paradigm by All Together Separate

Hope Unshattered

I thought this song is appropriate for where I am currently.  I first heard this song performed by a friend at the Baptist Student Union my sophmore year of college.  The song really hit me hard and spoke some serious truth into my life.  It doesn’t get played often on the radio, but when it does, I always crank it up.

What is a paradigm?  For this song, it refers to a the values, principles, and practices you live your life by.  If you look at what the world judges these things by, it is constantly shifting, adapting, and compromising.  As a Christian, this shouldn’t be what the paradigm of my life looks like.  My touchstone and foundation is rooted in Christ and sharing that love, no matter what the world says in response.  I’ve included the lyrics because I think they need to be seen, not just heard.  Click on the title to watch the video by All Together Separate.

Paradigm

Everybody loves a rose,

But will you be thankful for the thorns?

Love is easy when you’re loved,

But do you curse another when you’re alone?

Chorus

Oh, I give my life to You so I can gain it back again

Oh, I stand solid while the paradigm is shifting

You say live and let live,

But people are dying everyday.

You say what I don’t know won’t hurt me,

But if what I do not know

Is the very thing I need

Then I say,

Chorus

Humanity sees truth through a shattered window pane,

That blocks the view

Plants the seed

So we draw the curtains to a close but I say

That the sun can still shine behind a closed mind

And sticks and stones do hurt

When tossed from the tongue of mankind.

Song for Saturdays: Opening Number

2 May

Hands by Jewel

A jewel and her guitar

(Make sure to watch the video of today’s song at the end!)

I thought I would start the song series off with my two favorites.  Jewel is my absolute favorite artist and she is a constant source of inspiration in my life.  Her songs, lyrics, poetry, books, art, blogs, tweets, videos, and causes all showcase her talent, but more than that, they are glimpses into the soul of someone who sees the good in everyone and everything, and works to make a difference if good is not to be found.  Yes, I am a fan.  I even thank her in my poetry book as being an inspiration!  I have 6th row tickets to an upcoming concert in June and I am so ecstatic to see Jewel in concert again as she promotes her new album, Sweet and Wild.

While I adore most, if not all, of her music, Hands is, well, hands down my favorite.  (I know, but I couldn’t resist!)  The message of the song is so beautiful and very much needed in the world today.  If my life had a theme song, this would be it.  My favorite version, other than live, is on her Christmas album, Joy: A Holiday Collection, while the original is found on her Spirit album, which is my favorite album so far.  I have a desire to sing this at church one day, though it would be a humble version as I cannot even compare my voice to hers.  This song is a powerful reminder that we each have worth and something to offer.  A very timely message for myself.  I hope this makes you feel a little better about this sometimes cruel and unloving world.