Saturday, January 29, 2011

Song Lyric Saturday

It's Song Lyric Saturday time. Yep, it's back. I decided not to let my inconsistent self quash it. 

Having been to a wonderful concert tonight, I am reminded of the importance music plays in my life. Music is refreshing to my soul. It's cathartic and restorative. Live music is like manna from heaven. 

So, I'm going to share a favorite lyric from the artist I saw tonight, which is only fitting. Amos Lee is one of the greatest artists on the music scene right now. He's a singer-songwriter with an incredible voice rich with soul and depth. If you've never heard of him, do yourself a favor and check him out. He's totally worth it. 

The following few lines are from Amos Lee's song "Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight." Forgive me if they seem kind of random, as I will do my best to describe what they mean to me. 

But the people on the street,
Out on buses or on feet,
We all got the same blood flow.

When I hear this song, these three obscure lines stand out to me the most. The melody surrounding them is beautiful, but I think it's more than that that speaks to me. In these three lines, Amos reminds me that there is a "human" race. That I'm not an island. That the suburbian bubble I live in where everyone is well clothed and fed is not all that's out there. There's so much more. 

What I glean from these verses is twofold: 
1. It's a reality check that I've got it pretty darn good and I need to remember that and give thanks to the Lord for ALL of it. 
2. It's a reminder that I need to be looking out for my fellow man/woman. We've "all got the same blood flow." Isn't that the truth? We're all brothers and sisters in the end. Children of God. I need to remember not to be so internally focused when there's a world out there that needs more focus. I need to be kind to other people. Give mercy. Extend grace. Shine a light. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Because there's a lost world out there, and it's up to us to share the truth of love and redemption. 

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