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Impact of Music

Who doesn’t like music?

I honestly can’t think of a single person out there who dislikes music. Sure, they may not like singing or dancing but music all together? I don’t go to concerts. I’m not a concert type girl. Seriously, all I’ve seen is one Winter Jam and NSYNC in my whole life. However, I went to one two weekends ago and…wow. I give major credit to the artist, who came to entertain and did so incredibly. It is more than that though. It is more than the artist, the concert. It is even more than how the songs affect me.

imagesAs I stood amongst the crowd, I thought about the moment. Here we are, a sea of strangers, sharing this moment together, these emotions together. A song can affect each person differently–mean something different to each and every one of us–and here we are feeling it, experiencing it, enjoying it together in that moment.

And that moment, knowing someone else is be moved by this song like I am, makes me feel more connected. Connected to the music, connected to other people, connected to life.

I had the simagesame pull from music earlier that day but in a different situation. I have not been a part of a worship team in long while. No reason in particular; just not the opportunity or drive for it. Well that opportunity came a knocking when the interns took over the worship for youth group that week. I had no idea what effect it would have on me.

I know this post may come across as cheesy, but I am honest. Up on stage singing with some phenomenal musicians for the glory of my heavenly father, I felt unbelievable. I felt like I was a solid part of that team. I felt like I was closer to God in those moments. I felt solid in who I am.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” –Billy Joe

Music makes an impact.images

Whether it how the lyrics in the song match your emotions, how the beat of the music makes you feel, or how you feel in a moment on stage or in the crowd…

Music moves us, changes us, connects us.

-Steph 🙂

P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on music and how it has impacted you!

Motivational Music #2

I know I’ve done this before, but lets be honest….music is great! It is definitely an excellent motivator and encourager. Recently, I just feel like I’m coming across a gold mine of great music. These artists are starting to come out with fantastic songs about great subjects: positivity, living your life, reaching for goals. I love it!

Let me just share with you, my current motivational music playlist:

1. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons

2. Wake Me Up by Avicii

3. Best Day of My Life by American Authors (Absolute favorite)

4. Roar by Katy Perry

5. Story of My Life by One Direction ( I admit it 😉 )

This music motivates me and gets me ready for a good day. I hope you enjoyed my motivational playlist.

I’d love to hear your favorite motivational songs. Please share!

-Steph 🙂

Power of the Roar

Let’s talk about my most recent favorite song, shall we?

Now, I don’t usually listen to Katy Perry, but I honestly love her new song “Roar”. Why?
Well, obviously it is catchy, and I like any song I can have fun singing to.
However, I mostly like it because I feel like it is an empowering song.
I’m not positive if I want to compare it to the “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, but that is the best comparison that comes to mind.

I mean, I want to listen to this song when I wake up to start the day, when I work out, or when I need a little encouragement.

Just take a look at the lyrics:

“I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, the fire
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, the fire
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar! x2

Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar!

I got the eye of the tiger, the fire
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar! x2″

Side note: I put my favorite lyrics in bold. Of course, I like the chorus, but there are also good verses.

There is a power in words and music. I really find the words in this song to be positive, encouraging, and empowering. I’d recommend this song to anybody, especially young girls. Instead of listening to these songs about accepting being hurt, crying over love, and even seeking revenge, I believe they should listen to songs like this. This is a girl overcoming what she has been through and stepping up to her full potential with confidence and enthusiasm.

And I believe this song can be applied to multiple situations.

  • Being put down by others and their opinions
  • Knocked down and even hurt by loved ones
  • Having a dream dismissed by others
  • Struggling in school or trying to achieve a goal

Basically, I think this great motivational music, and that is my opinion. I hope you enjoy it as well and possible share it with someone you think needs a little encouraging.

What did you think of the song? Or what songs make you feel empowered?

–Steph

Motivational Music

Having a rough day? In an awful mood? Do you need something to just add a little pep in your step?

Are you in need of some motivation?

You know, I believe music can have a significant impact on our lives. I think that the right song can make a bad day a little better, change a negative mood into a positive one, and give a person the motivation they need to keep moving forward.

Today, I thought it would be a good idea and some fun to share five songs that motivate me or just make my day a little bit brighter.

1. “Why Should I Worry”  from Disney’s Oliver & Company

2. “Something That I Want” by Grace Potter

3. “Shut Your Eyes” by Snow Patrol

4. “Haven’t Meet You Yet” by Michael Buble (love Michael Buble!)

5. “No Boundaries” by Kris Allen

 

These are just five songs that I play on a rainy day or for motivation. Trust me, I have many more. Now here is my question:  Is there a certain type of music you find motivating? What songs motivate you? Share them 🙂

-Steph