What’s Your Theme Song?


One of the greatest things about people is the ability to be creative.

Except when it’s a four year old creatively pretending to play a CD she made (out of cardboard). In your minivan’s CD player.

Yep.

Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of the music I’m not listening to. The favorites – the songs I resonate with. The kind of music that pulls my soul to the surface and gives me permission to feel things beyond my usual daily experience.

My favorite songs are like my life’s theme music because of their message and the joy that comes from listening. And anything that brings joy is a welcome gift in life raising three kids with high needs and developmental delays.

Songs like “Blessed Be Your Name” (Matt Redmond, 2002) because it captures the longing of my heart to take life by the horns, the good and the bad, and lift it with all my might to heaven, and to thrive. Redmond sings:

“Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name”

Of course, on a bad day (like, perhaps, today, when my oldest came home with moods off-kilter, asked for something I couldn’t give her, and when I said no, proceeded to bang her head in to the wall until she dented it and broke a light switch). Well, on a day like that, my theme song might be more along the lines of R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” or Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic.”

Just like in my car (when the CD player is actually functioning…) I can choose what stations I listen to, in my own mind I have that choice too.

I can choose to have a posture of gratitude and desire to bless His name, even on the “road marked with suffering,” or “when I’m found in a desert place.” Or I can choose to freak out and list in dizzying chaoticness all the things that are going wrong like R.E.M. in their song. According to a study last year, that choice will not only effect how I feel, but how I perceive others around me to feel and act as well.

For a few minutes earlier today, I chose R.E.M.’s version. And the music in my spirit sapped me of all my strength and joy. Then I changed my mental radio station (and took a short walk outside!) and voila! It’s like being that cute actress in a movie who has her own great theme song whenever she enters the scene.

What music do you choose for your life? If you had a theme song, what would it be?

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Comments

  1. says

    I think my theme song now as a parent is Defying Gravity from Wicked. I chose it for my blog name too, because I feel like it's what us parents of special needs kids do everyday. Things are always trying to bring us down, but we have to rise above on the hard days and fly with our kids.

    I love the idea of a mental radio station. I think that happens to me without me even noticing it! I think I'll pay attention to it now. thanks!

  2. says

    I most often listen to the Celtic Woman station on Pandora. But I like C&W occasionally and certain classical – Mozart being my fave.

    There are two Celtic Woman songs on that blog carnival I mentioned.
    Barbara

  3. says

    I most often listen to the Celtic Woman station on Pandora. But I like C&W occasionally and certain classical – Mozart being my fave.

    There are two Celtic Woman songs on that blog carnival I mentioned.
    Barbara

  4. says

    Barbara – I know what you mean about feeling connections to lots of songs. Do you have a certain group whose sound you love?

    I'll check out your link too. Thanks for the tip! (and for being persistent when my comment program flipped out. 🙂

  5. says

    Music is such a powerful medium! I can't pin myself to one song – except at a time (every few minutes, lol).

    Check out my Angelic Music Blog Carnival (was last Sep) by clicking on the angel with a harp icon in right column of my blog.

    Barbara

  6. says

    Oh, Jennifer, I LOVE that song too. Just reading the title in your comment made me pause and settle in my spirit. They truly sing with inspiration. So glad you're blessed by that too!

  7. says

    Becky – that song you mentioned made me giggle. I can totally see your family all singing that. Great holiday photo of all of you this year, by the way! I'm so glad you all can sing together, especially a song like that that celebrates the wild and wonderful ways you are family!

  8. says

    Alysia – I just checked out the Wicked lyrics and WOW, I can see why you like that one. That's really how it feels sometimes with the challenges home can be. Gives me a totally different backdrop as I read your posts now too. So glad you shared!

  9. says

    I like “Blessed Be Your Name” too! My theme song, I think is “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns, although there have been times that “Held” by Natalie Grant was what I clung to with everything in me!

    Great post! Thanks for the reminder that I get to choose my song!

    ~Jennifer

  10. says

    Everytime we sing “Blessed Be Your Name” at church I get so emotional because I feel like it really describes where we've been in the past couple of years. I love it. We always say our family's theme song is Hey Hey by Superchick. “Hey, hey, this song is for us so put your hands in the air if you're crazy like us. Hey, hey.” Also right now I'm digging True Love by Phil Whikham. “When blood and water hit the ground the walls we couldn't move came crashing down. We were freed and made alive the day that True Love died.” I'm feeling that in my life right now. Thanks for such a great post!!

  11. says

    I think my theme song now as a parent is Defying Gravity from Wicked. I chose it for my blog name too, because I feel like it's what us parents of special needs kids do everyday. Things are always trying to bring us down, but we have to rise above on the hard days and fly with our kids.

    I love the idea of a mental radio station. I think that happens to me without me even noticing it! I think I'll pay attention to it now. thanks!