Now playing…

One of the games I play while driving involves the songs on the radio. Instead of merely listening and enjoying the music, I add personal meanings to the songs. I imagine, for example, that the songs are a conversation between me and another person—sometimes alternating one song for me and one for the other, and sometimes having the third song be a duet. Or I might think of a list of people and go down the list—each person gets a song to tell me how they are doing or how they feel about me.

I don’t take this seriously, of course. I would never make an important decision based on the music played on the radio. (I might make an important decision based on the number of yellow cars I see, but that’s another story.) But, for the fun of it, I sometimes pretend that the songs on the radio are telling me what is going to happen soon.

Today I had to take the car to the shop to patch or replace a tire. (It ended up being replaced; the puncture was too close to the side of the tire to patch.) I also got the oil changed, and then I drove to work. As soon as I got started on the road, I said to myself, “The next song will give me a hint of how things are going to turn out this week.”

The next song turned out to be Carly Simon singing, “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you. You’re so vain. I’ll bet you think this song is about you. Don’t you? Don’t you?”

Of course I laughed. Never have truer words been sung to me over the radio. On the other hand, Carly
Simon did not offer me any hint as to how the rest of the week is going to be.

On the other hand, the last song I heard coming home from work told me, “Don’t stop believing.” Good advice, I think. J.

 

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5 thoughts on “Now playing…

  1. Music helped me get through both very bad phases in life as well as very happy ones. It’s happened on more than one occasion that I was feeling very down, put on the radio, and promptly heard my favourite song (of the moment).
    Also, I was dreading my best friend’s wedding (still am) as I am an introvert and she’s definitely not. She confessed she wants everyone who’s invited to send in a song request so as to get more people onto the dance floor. This is what I am holding on to: a song from zumba I always looked forward to during classes. The only song I am willing to dance to, haha!
    Music is awesome 🙂

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  2. “I don’t take this seriously, of course. I would never make an important decision based on the music played on the radio. (I might make an important decision based on the number of yellow cars I see, but that’s another story.)”

    Ha! You made me laugh. It’s okay to let the let the music speak to you, and the yellow cars too! I really do believe that God places things before us that we need to hear or see, not necessarily to base all our decisions on, but to make us laugh, to let us know He is here, to give us something to delight in.

    In ancient days, the bible was actually sung while walking, which is a powerful way of getting the message into our memory and internalizing it into our lives. Psalms are songs, too. Scripture is actually a love song to us, which is why so many hymns were once based on scripture.

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    • “God places things before us… to make us laugh….” Yes! That’s exactly how I took that song. The singing of Scripture is still important today. I appreciate a hymn that teaches me the word of God and says more about salvation than about flowers and starlight. J.

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