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 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.
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.