Power. Emotion. Truth. Humor. Freedom. Love. I could list words forever in answer to the question, “What’s in a song?” Over the course of my 39-year life, I have come to appreciate the significance of music. Whether music is to entertain, move, tell a story, or express that perfect emotion the point is music matters. Music matters to me.
Without a doubt, there are certain songs that have more meaning and represent various aspects of my life. My desire is to share some of the songs that have impacted me then, now, and forever.
I present to you the Ms. Megan Top 10. The songs are not in any particular order; just the order they popped into my mind:
Don’t Try So Hard – Amy Grant featuring James Taylor
When I first heard this song I was going through a rough time at work. I was spinning my wheels desperately trying to do everything I could to meet everyone’s expectations. The reality is that I wasn’t meeting my own, unrealistic, expectations. The lyrics of this song reminded me that I didn’t need to “try” so hard but rather to embrace God’s undeserving but ever-available grace.
Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson
This song hit the radio waves around the time I left my first husband. It is funny when I read the lyrics now; I completely missed the point of the song. In fact, in the song, Miss Independent has slipped away. But for me, she was just coming to light. In my marriage, I wasn’t me. I didn’t even know who I was. When I realized how lost I was, I knew a change was imminent. For me, the song was about claiming my independence but even more so embracing who I was.
Stand in the Light – Jordan Smith
Perhaps one of the best songs ever. This song will be the anthem for Discovering Me. The lyrics are so profound, “This is who I am inside / This is who I am I’m not gonna hide / Cause the greatest risk we’ll ever take / Is by far to stand in the light / And be seen as we are / Stand in the light and be seen as we are.” This is the point. To stand in the light and be seen as we are, not whom people want to see but exactly whom God created us to be. I will say it right now when that day comes, and I am speaking to a large crowd, I will start and hopefully end my talk by playing this song. Powerful.
Let Them See You – JJ Weeks Band
This song is my prayer. No matter what I am doing, my deepest hope is that people see God in me. Whether I am speaking, writing, even my non-verbal interactions, my prayer is that God is revealed. The fact is all that I am is because of Him. Anything I do is for Him, and any praise goes right back to Him. I absolutely love the message of this song, “Let them see You / In me / Let them hear You / When I speak.”
I Am – Mark Schultz
A beautiful song about the great I Am, God the Father. When I can’t hear God, or I am feeling lost, this song brings peace to my soul. There is no Power on Earth or in heaven greater than God. The resounding words, “I Am,” remind me Who is in control and Who will have complete victory in the end. It is a goosebumps kind of song.
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Have you ever been gifted a song by someone? This song came to Ken and me when we first started dating from one of my closest friends. As I was sharing our story, she asked if I had ever heard the song Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts. Not being a country girl I said no, but as soon as I could, I listened to the song. Wow. It was my story. It was Ken’s story. It was our story. We played this song during our wedding ceremony.
God Gave Me You – Dave Barnes
My husband was playing this song in the background when he proposed to me. So, of course, it makes my top 10 list, but beyond the romanticism is an incredible truth. To my core, I believe that God gave me Ken for the ups and downs and those days of doubts. We are a perfect match, who are imperfect in many ways. But because of the gift God has given us in each other, we know we can conquer anything that comes our way. We play this song as a frequent reminder of that gift.
Hands of God – Francesca Battistelli
The idea is that God uses people all around us to demonstrate His love. We cannot walk up to God and give Him a hug, not yet anyway, but He can hug us and physically interact with us through others. I love the idea that God can be made real through us and to us. A beautiful song. If anyone can hook me up with tickets to one of her concerts, please do!
Best of Me – Barry Manilow
I LOVE Barry Manilow. It’s okay; you can make fun of me. I grew up listening to his music and even asked for tickets to a concert as my high school graduation present. My mom and I drove out to Thousand Oaks, CA and I swear I was THE YOUNGEST person in the whole building. The concert was amazing. He is amazing. What I also received was his four CD greatest hits collection. While pouring over those CDs, I came across the song Best of Me. It is a beautiful song about saving the best parts of yourself for someone else. I intended to have the song played at my wedding, but it got lost in the shuffle. That said, I dedicate the words to my loving and accepting husband, Ken.
Rise – Danny Gokey
“But something inside you can’t deny / You hear the call of your creator / I made you for more, unlocked the door / I wanna restore your glory.” If you ever think that this is all life has to offer, and all hope is lost… wrong. There is so much more for each of us, and we are all called to rise. Though at times it does not feel like it, the pursuit of Discovering Me and my dream to speak is God calling me to rise. Danny Gokey is a brilliant songwriter and sings from the depths of his being. If you ever get a chance to see him live – DO! You will not regret the experience. His music is infectious in all the right ways.
I will admit that these are my top 10 today. I am sure 20 years from now some of these songs will fade away, and new ones will take their place, but for now these keep me going. They make me smile, reflect on God’s goodness, remind me of the gift of love I have been given, and so much more.
- What role has music played in your life?
- If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only have a playlist of 10 songs set to repeat, what 10 songs would make your list?
- If you had to pick just one song to define you what would you choose? (Notice I didn’t dare choose just one song.)
I believe that music impacts us all. We can stand in the shower or be in the car alone and belt out lyrics to our favorite song unabashedly – a judgment free zone. I also believe that music can be a vehicle to help us discover the truth about who we are. There is freedom. There is truth. There is power. There is an emotion that cannot be expressed any other way. Music talks to each one of us.