“Put your make-up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim so they like you, do they like you?”
Colbie Caillat is one of my favorite singers. Her voice is smooth and honest, her music reminds me of a day at the beach.
In recent years she has become very popular and, in the name of creating a popular image, has been asked to fit herself into a mold she is uncomfortable with. She was beginning a new project with producer Baby Face Edmonds and she told him this: “I was getting a lot of pressure to be someone I’m not, both musically and image-wise. Although I don’t want to do it, I’m just going to make these people happy.”
You’d expect the person responsible for the money machine to tell her to suck it up and move on, instead he said, “Let’s write about exactly what they’re asking you to do—to change yourself”. Out of that discussion came the song, “Try”. Please watch it by clicking on the link below. Listen to the words. Share it with the women and girls in your life.
The final lyrics ask us an important question. Keep it in mind as you watch:
“Don’t you like you? ‘Cause I like you.”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
“In heaven there ain’t no beer, that’s why we drink it here.”
On our way into the city a few nights ago we passed a small church. On the church sign were these words:
“This Sunday – 9 a.m. – Polka Service”.
How could we NOT go?
All sorts of guesses were thrown around from what people would be wearing to whether we would be hearing a lot of “Yahs” and “Dontcha knows” woven into the sermon. What we found was a room full of joyful music and a lot of toe tapping – no dancing. Not even an “oom pah pah” to be found. It was fun.
As we walked into the service we were greeted with a man and his accordion. It looked like any other church service and the people, although a few smiles were interspersed, looked pretty serious about the whole thing. They were Lutherans, after all.
The music was awesome. There is no way you could keep a smile off your face as you sang the words to such hymns as ‘Agnus Dei’ with an accordion backing you up.
I’ve been to many, many worship services over the years. I’ve never heard any music that I didn’t believe God would enjoy and accept in the spirit in which it was offered. Today was no exception. There must have been some toe tapping going on in heaven this morning.
It’s probably frowned upon but I had to share with you a little bit of the service. I discreetly recorded a bit of ‘Let The Sun Shine In’ for your listening pleasure.
A one and a two and a…
“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse…”
When Chris Martin wrote these lyrics, I don’t think he realized how many people would each feel as if the words were for them. Count me as such a one.
This is the one song, “Fix You” by Coldplay, that always, always brings tears to my eyes. The reason is that it strikes a nerve deep within, exposes the heart’s deepest thoughts for all to see.
“And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?”
Sometimes I feel like the words are being sung to me, other times I feel like they are the words of encouragement that I wish for a loved one. A song that can heal a broken heart and break a hard one.
There are days when the only thing that can act as a salve to a wound, is a song. But not just any song – a song that feels so personal, you have to close your eyes at times because the feelings exposed are just too raw. A song that offers understanding equally as much as it offers hope.
That’s this song for me.
“Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.”
Here’s Chris singing his song – may it touch your heart today: