So, its about time that I blog about JJ Heller. We discovered her music on our trip out west this past August. Listening to her music combined with Adventures in Odyssey comprised most of the time we spent in the car. When putting a couple thousand miles on a vehicle, finding something of quality to fill the non conversational times is quite key. 🙂
We had, of course, heard a couple of JJ’s songs before, but I didn’t make the connection until our trip. JJ sings what I would call folk music. Most of her songs are family oriented or Christ centered…or both. They are just beautiful pictures of life…whether joy or pain. My ultimate favorite of hers is “The Boat Song,” but so many are just to listen to without tiring of them. Often her songs will be found playing in the background of our daily activities whether at home or in the car.
Speaking of music not growing tiring…my children play their favorite song 24/7 on their IPods lately. Whether the volume is quiet or loud, the song inevitably ingrains itself into our heads. My daughter’s current song is Shakira’s “Try Everything” from the movie Zootopia. It is a fun song with a good message, so of all the ones that have played non-stop in our home, this is one of the family favorites.
My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul. PSALM 108:1
I have never been one to begin celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, and never ever before Halloween. I was always a one holiday at a time girl. However…this year, I am reconsidering. If Christmas is the most important holiday…arguably over Easter, because while Christ was resurrected on Easter Sunday, He wouldn’t have walked the earth if He wasn’t born. But God could do anything you say…yes, of course He could, which is why I put arguably. I digress. 😉 Without Christ we would have nothing, be nothing, know nothing, have no hope, have no future. While the world is falling apart…near and far, I may have changed my opinion about starting the holidays too soon. Perhaps celebrating Christmas as early as you want, or even ALL YEAR, may be just what we need to do. We have a Savior. He should be rejoiced. And we should wait expectantly for Him to come back again. So…let the Christmas music play and have hope in Christ!
I was listening to the radio last week when the dj mentioned that Frozen was the only Oscar nominated film he had seen this year. It made me smile, because I may just be in the same boat. I am a fan of the movie Frozen, but moreover I am a fan of the soundtrack. I enjoy playing the songs for my kids, because I like them myself.
I think music touches us all a bit differently. The one song from the soundtrack, “Let it Go” is probably my favorite. And…the more I listen to it, the more I relate it to my relationship with God. Elsa (one of the princesses in the movie) is born with a special gift or curse, depending on how it is used. Her parents told her to keep it hidden, so she was isolated and afraid of letting others see who she really was. She gains a bit of freedom in the movie and sings about how she can finally let her whole self show, she can be herself and she doesn’t have to be perfect anymore. I see this as an excellent teaching moment for kids. We all have been given gifts and we all have faults. We can try to be perfect, work very hard at it, but we cannot do it on our own. Only with God can we truly let ourselves go, be who He wants us to be, figure out how to rely on Him instead of trying to be perfect. No, we should not go on sinning simply to get more grace, but we can show Him our scars, our faults and our attempts at being perfect. We can rely on Him for everything, stop hiding who we are and let it go. A long time ago a friend told me to “Let Go and Let God.” I think that applies well here and in life.
My daughter officially turned 7 yesterday. Cannot believe it! She was a bit confused that after 2 parties, one with the family and one with friends, that she turned 7 on a day with no celebration. 😉 We did give her our gifts and sang to her with a leftover cupcake from her friend party, but her actual birthday was definitely much lower key than earlier in the week. I look at her and see how much she is like me when I was her age. She is beginning to get into music, loves writing and just got her first diary. Though it is bittersweet watching her grow up, it is definitely a blessing and a wonderful journey.
A peek at her cupcakes:
It is truly amazing that when you visit another blog and decide to post a comment that actually agrees with the initial blogger’s stance, that the initial blogger would turn around and berate you for using the Bible to support your view…AFTER the Bible was already brought into the debate. Really???
How will we ever make a difference as a country if we turn on those who fight for the same thing in which we are fighting?
Anyway, shortly after, in the car, I heard the song I Am Redeemed on the radio. Great song. But this line stood out and I wanted to share:
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”
I love musicals! I love the singing and dancing. I do find it amusing at times of some of the conversations that are sung…wondering why certain things are put to music. That is until recently. Over the past month my kids have turned our home into a musical…on their own…and they haven’t seen a musical, but lately they have been singing some very regular conversations to each other and having a lot of fun!
I have one Rusted Root cd from “my youth.” I haven’t listened to it in ages…literally. Pulled it out today to play for the kids…oh my did they crack up. We jammed in the car on the way to the Y. 🙂