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Song of the Week: “Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground” by Coldplay

Coldplay has a knack for crafting musically complex, lyrically gripping tunes, but this little gem from the end of the Prospekt’s March EP draws its stunning beauty from its simplicity.  It’s short, it’s soft, and it’s irresistibly sweet.  This is the kind of song that I could just sit and listen to for hours on end without getting sick of it.  Enjoy!

“Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground” by Coldplay

Let me go, boys, let me go
Push my boat from the highest cliff to the sea below
Rocks are waiting, boys, rocks await
Swoop down from the sky and catch me like a bird of prey

Now my feet won’t touch the ground
Now my head won’t stop
You wait a lifetime ’til you’re found
Now my feet won’t touch the ground

Singing now my feet won’t touch the ground
Now my head won’t stop
You wait a lifetime ’til you’re found
Now my feet won’t touch the ground
Now my feet won’t touch the ground

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Song of the Week: “Fix You” by Coldplay

“Fix You” is a lot of things.  It’s a beautiful song, it’s a moving song, and it’s also a very tricky song.  At first glance, there are some problems with the lyrics.  After all, no matter how hard we try or how well-meaning we are, we can’t fix each other.  We can support each other, we can be there for each other, but only God can repair the flaw all of our souls.  Nevertheless, at its core, “Fix You” has a positive message, one that is uplifting and well put.  When everything goes wrong, when your life falls apart, the value of a friend, someone who will give of themselves until they have nothing left to lift you back up to your feet, is immeasurable.  It’s that kind of selfless love that ultimately shines through in the music and lyrics of “Fix You”, a song that exudes so much triumphant, hopeful energy that you can’t help but smile and sing along.  Video and lyrics after the page break.

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Song of the Week: “100 Years” by Five for Fighting

“100 Years” is one of the only songs that has ever moved me to tears (and that was before I even saw the stirring music video).  Musically, it is almost unbelievably gorgeous, but the beauty of the instrumentation is inconsequential in comparison to the raw emotional power delivered in the lyrics.  “100 Years” captures all of the frail, fleeting beauty of life, from the unbound joy and potential of 15 to the reflective silence of 99 and everything in between, and it begs us to stop and think about how we’re spending what time we have.  After all, today only lasts for a moment, and when it’s gone we can’t have it back.  Every day is a new day, and it may be the only day you have left.  Either way, whether you have just one more moment or a hundred years to live, there’s no time to waste.  Make something beautiful out of your 100 years.

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Glory Bowl

I’d rather be writing.  I’d rather be sleeping.  I think I’d even rather be back at work than here.  At least at work I was doing something.  As I sat there in the grass at Glory Bowl listening to campers tell everyone about the decisions they’d made during their week at camp and trying not to be distracted/terrified by the sparrow-sized bee sweeping the area, I thought about everything else I could be doing and sighed.  I love Glory Bowl, it was always one of my favorite parts of the week when I was a camper, but the last thing any sane person wants to do on a Friday night after a twelve hour workday and an hour of chapel is sit silently on the side of a hill for an hour and a half and listen to more talking.  I listened to the testimonies halfheartedly for a while, then a boy stepped up to the microphone in Ken Riley’s hand and took us all by surprise.

“My name is Josiah, and a week ago I was ready to kill myself.”

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Let the Summer Begin

The strange thing about having more than one place that you call home is the incredible mixture of feelings that comes when you move from one to the other. The simultaneous sensation of loss and restoration, tearing away from the familiar and returning to where you belong, is indescribable and bewildering, but it’s a good kind of bewilderment. Today is my first day back at my second home on the gorgeous campus of Lake Ann Camp, and while I miss my family, it’s been absolutely marvelous to see so many old friends and to return to my beloved duties as a second cook.  I’ve only been here for a day and I can tell that this is going to be a fantastic summer, and I can’t wait to discover what kind of adventures lie ahead.  So here’s to the summer, and to spending the next five months growing as a writer, a Christian, and a human being as I work alongside my best friends to love people and serve them tasty food in the most beautiful place on earth.

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Song of the Week: “Beautiful Things” by Gungor

Today was an all-music session in chapel, which never fails to make my day, and to make things even better we sang some of my favorite worship songs of all time, like “Beautiful” by Phil Wickham and “Everything” by Tim Hughes.  We also sang a song, however, that I’d never heard before, and it was easily my favorite song of the service.  This song, “Beautiful Things” by Gungor, is nearly perfect on every level.  The music is gentle, stirring, and wonderfully expressive, the lyrics are marvelously simple and yet profoundly eloquent, and the whole piece practically  shines with hope, confidence, and an utter reliance on the God who makes order out of chaos, gardens out of ashes, and beautiful things out of the dust.

Lyrics:

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

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Song of the Week: “The Scientist” by Coldplay

What can I say about “The Scientist”?  It’s a poetic, tragic, touching, dramatic, soothing, exquisite song, and while the lyrics may be a little cryptic, its story still comes through with enough clarity to be moving.  And “The Scientist” is really, at its core, a story.  On the one hand, it’s a sad story, a story of lost love, wasted opportunities and lingering regrets, but it’s also a story about forgiveness, starting over and learning that love is not a science, but an art – difficult to master, yet worth every ounce of effort.

“The Scientist” by Coldplay

Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions
Oh, let’s go back to the start
Running in circles, coming up tails
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh, take me back to the start

I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart

But tell me you love me, come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start

Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ah ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh

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