Another example of a truly beautiful, modern song is Small Bump by Ed Sheeran. The singer is serenading his soon to be child who sadly dies after 4 months in the womb. This song has purpose; Sheeran uses music to express his love and longing for his unborn child. The gentle tune of song makes it even more touching. Combining a beautiful message with a beautiful tune is what true music is. As I have discussed many times, music is powerful and has a strong effect over us. Therefore, it only makes sense to write music about important things, and this song is a prime example of that.
Here is another example of a love song. Stay With Me by Sam Smith
In this song, the singer repeatedly asks his lover to stay with him after a one-night-stand. He obviously feels some connection toward his partner but knows that it is not love. I think this song is a prime example of the damage “sleeping around” can do to someone. Although it is a very emotional song, it is sad that this song is glorified so much. People think what really is a song about sex is some beautiful love ballad. On the other hand, I do think it is interesting to show the how painful this situation can be for people versus the way other songs totally glamorize immoral behaviors. Unlike Oblivion, despite its hard-hitting piano chords, this song does not showcase pure love, the human love that imitates God’s love for us.
Today I would like to talk about a certain song in particular. The song is Oblivion by Bastille. (If you don’t listen to this band, you should check them out.)
In this ballad, the singer serenades his lover. He asks her if she is “going to age with grace” because he plans on being with her for years to come. He then implies that she is going through a lot of emotional pain, maybe depression. He wants to fully be there for her, but he knows that is impossible. He wants to follow her into “oblivion.”
Most every song you hear nowadays is about love/attraction/sex/etc. and this song is a prime example of a beautiful love song. It is obvious that the singer actually loves the girl because of how much he wants to be there for her. It is also refreshing that the song deals with realistic themes in a relationship, like one of the partners going through a hard time. The sweet and graceful tune combined with the touching lyrics makes for an awesome song. This is music.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Isn’t this just beautiful? Psalms really are the best examples of music. The lyrics and rhythm of this are delightful to the ears. And not to mention, it’s glorifying God. I want to comment on how powerful this psalm is. When you read it, or at least when I do, you feel either happy or joyful or just a connection with God. This is proof of the affect of music on us.