“You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway.”
~Martina McBride & Lauren Alaina, “Anyway”
Time for another installment of Tuesday’s Tunes! This week, I am all about songs that inspire and encourage. It’s been a tough few days – for several reasons, all of which are beyond my control – so I’ve been gravitating toward music that reminds us all that things can, and do, get better. And you know what? They make a difference. They help. They renew hope. That’s the beauty of music. Much like writing, it leaves an imprint one note (or word!) at a time.
My favorite songs this week:
“Anyway” – Martina McBride and Lauren Alaina: I loved this song from the first time I heard it, but when Lauren performed it on American Idol last season, it was just … very special. The words, the melody, the emotion, the inspiration, all of it combined to create one of those songs that speaks to every listener in different ways. I cannot begin to count the number of times I listened to Lauren’s version this summer. It brought me comfort and gave me hope. Because even when it’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be better than today, we should believe it anyway. Even when our dreams seem out of reach, we should dream them anyway.
“Faith” – Jordin Sparks: I’ve mentioned this song so many times on here, posted its lyrics and reflected on how much they mean. We all go through rough times. We all have periods – days, weeks, months – when the darkness overshadows the sun. And during those times, it can be so tough to believe that the rays of light are still there. Jordin’s beautiful song reminds us to keep the faith. It reminds us that everything happens for a reason – and, even when we wish so much to break through the darkness, we can draw hope from that, too. Because, like she says, when the sky is darkest, you can see the stars. Who knows what’s twinkling in their luster?
“On Your Own” – Green River Ordinance: I had to include this song today, since I’m unexpectedly seeing the band in concert tonight. Admittedly, I’m not too familiar with most of their music, but I’m looking forward to hearing more. There’s something almost soothing about their tone – perhaps that’s why this song was used at the end of each So You Think You Can Dance episode a few years back – and it’ll be fun to see how their live performances compare.
How about you? What are you listening to this week?