Has music ever taught you anything?
When you lose a lot of loved ones, you can start to shy away from caring too deeply about people. You begin to think of certain situations as setting yourself up for pain. I’ve kept my distance from some family members lately (the type who cause nothing but grief). When I considered getting my kids a dog last year, one of my biggest concerns was whether I wanted to set myself up for the grief that would inevitably come when it died.
Yesterday on my way to work a song came on my cd player by a band called Bell X1, “In Every Sunflower.” These particular lines jumped out at me:
I wouldn’t swap the pain
For never knowing you
It made me think about the people I’ve grieved for, and how it was so true—I would never swap the pain for never knowing them. I thought about how knowing them was so precious to me. I sometimes marvel over the people they were. By cutting myself off from people, I’m depriving myself of knowing how marvelous others are.
It’s interesting to me how music and songs can teach us things in ways other methods can’t. I think of my favorite hymn, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” and how moving it is. And how it brings Matthew 25: 31-46 to life.
And in a more light-hearted (and probably completely inappropriate) vein, the song “Blinded By the Light” by Mannfred Mann taught me what a douche was. You know, because of the line, “Wrapped up like a douche…”
Have you ever learned anything from a song?