The Power of a Song

While visiting my grandmother in the nursing home a few months back, my wife sat down at a piano in a waiting area and asked what to play. I said she should play the Forrest Gump theme song, but I had seriously underestimated its power.

I’m a softie so it was, of course, emotional overload. It felt like I was experiencing the time Andy Dufresne played the song over the PA system in the yard at Shawshank Prison.

“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.”

Redd, played by Morgan Freeman

Music is a language that transcends culture, time and creed, and God gives us music as gift to help us express the inexpressible.

What is the most powerful moment you can recall by hearing one song?

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  1. I read this to my wife and she knew what you were going for before you got there. Thanks for memory lane. As for what song takes you somewhere. For my wife it is any of the Dutch, Indonesian, or German songs that she and her mother sang. My wife and sisters are in the Texas Folklife database under Moeder Molly and Dutch Daughters. Her mother passed away about a year ago. Any of those songs brings a tear. My favorite Christian sing is He Touched Me. It became popular soon after I became a Christian.

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