Tuesday, May 16, 2006

What's your Theme Song?

Ya know why I love music? I mean, I am seriously crazy about music~ ya know why? Because music can fit you in any situation. I've got Bob Marley for my chillin'-I-wish-I-were-rastafarian moments, Green Day for my rocker-i'm-a-punk moments, Country for my i'm-cruising-with-the-windows-down-and-i-don't-care-if-you-are-staring-at-me-i'm-going-to-sing-on-the-top-of-my-lungs moments, Bela Fleck for ANY moment, Chris Thile and Nickelcreek for the sweet moments, Phish, Van Morrison, the Beatles, Jack Johnson, Copeland, etc.

Music is my friend. Someone once told me, "I like music because it helps me escape life, and look at it from a spectator's perspective... like a movie with a background score."

I think one of my favorite questions for people is "What's your theme song right now?" I also am a fan of burning CDs of my life. I once made an excellent CD for my friend that I felt grasped how I was feeling almost precisely. Of course, there are always going to be some repeats... for example: Alison Krauss's "When You Say Nothing At All" will forever be my favorite song... even when I'm 90 I'll still be wishing I had learned guitar so I could play that song.

Whatever you are feeling, you got music to sing to, cry to, laugh with and just be YOU with. Man, that is great. So what's my song for today?

Nichole Nordeman's "I Am"... I like this song because in her lyrics she gives God practical "names" according to her life. I.E. "elbow-healer" which to me just signifies how personal God is to her... wow! Enjoy "Joanna's theme song" and prayer of her heart~ Psalm 115:1

*Pencil marks on a wall
I wasn't always this tall,
You scattered some monsters from beneath my bed,
You watched my team win,
You watched my team lose,
You watched when my bicycle went down again,

CHORUS:

And When I was weak unable to speak,
still I could call You by name, and I said

“Elbow healer, Superhero, come if You can,”
and You said “I am”

Only 16, life is so mean,
what kind of curfew is at ten PM
You saw my mistakes,
You watched my heart break
Heard when I swore I’d never love again

CHORUS:

When I was weak,
unable to speak,

still I could call You by name,
and I said,

“Heart-ache Healer, Secret-keeper, be my Best Friend”
and You said “I am”


You saw me wear white,
by pale candlelight,
and I said "forever" to what lies ahead
two kids and a dream,
with kids that came scream,
too much it might seem when it's 2AM

CHORUS:
when I am weak, unable to speak,
still I will call You by name.
“Oh Shepherd, Savior,
Pasture-maker, hold on to my hand,”
and You say “I am.”

The winds of change,
And circumstance blow in
and all around us

so we find a foothold that’s familiar,
And bless the moments that we feel
You nearer

When Life had begun,
I was woven and spun,
You let the angels dance around the throne,
who can say when,
But they’ll dance again,

when I am free and finally headed home

CHORUS:
I will be weak, unable to speak,
still I will call You by name
“Creator, Maker, Life-sustainer,
Comforter, Healer, My Redeemer,
Lord and King, Beginning and the End,
I am,
yes,
I am.”*

5 comments:

mom said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful... will you sing it for me when I see you again? I loved Pasture Maker, oh how we need that contented rest, and I loved the angels dancing! Beautiful, absolutely beautiful...just like you! XOXOXO

JoPappa said...

You like music because it's in your genes...

"Schupbach" is a collision of sorts:

"What do you get when you put Schumann (or Schubert) with Bach?

You get a Schupbach.

Don't you dare ask about the 'p'!

Kim Nielsen said...

Joanna-
Thanks for visiting our kids blog. I love reading your blog as well. Thank you for the words to this beautiful song. They touched me deeply. It is easy for me to get down on the Christian music industry and this was also a great reminder that it can be so powerful.
Kim

Joanna Kay said...

Mother, of course I will sing it for you. Although I stayed up ALL night, last night singing karaoke with students and now my voice is SHOT. whoo-eeee I am tired... off to bed.
Dad, where does the silent "p" hail from?
Kim, I am so glad you blogged. I've been enjoying your blog and your beautiful children. I understand what you mean about Christian music~ sometimes super cheesy but mostly stemming from a good heart. I really like Nordeman~ and esp. this song. I feel like I can relate better to God if I can call him my "elbow-healer" which is practical but then remembering that He is also the Redeemer, Savior, One and Only God! Be encouraged I think of you and Zach often and miss you lots. How's Nashville treatin' ya?

Allison said...

Jo-
I just wanted to tell you that this song of Nichole Nordeman's really has touched me in the last couple of years and I can totally relate to it. It's real and honest. Thanks for the blog.