There has been a lot of talk lately in my writing group about playlists for our particular writing projects. Mine is like holy ground to me--each song calls to mind a particular scene or emotion from my story. I'm very meticulous about the order in which the songs play.
It's had me thinking about how music can be such a catalyst for other forms of creativity, whether they be art, writing, design, or even making more music. Do you have a playlist for your project? If not, have you considered making one?
I've decided to share with you my playlist on Spotify. This is by no means complete--I will likely add more songs to this mix as I go. Right now, the first 19 songs are specific to Book One, the next 9 are for Book Two, and the final 9 are for Book Three. I do not have anything on here for Book Four just yet, probably because I'm working through this rough draft so quickly. I will take time to add more songs once I'm able to spend more time on it.
But I thought I would share, to give you an idea of some of the emotional themes in the books, if you're interested. The genres of the music range from electronica, to dub-step, to indie pop, to Christian pop. Not everything will be everyone's cup of tea, and that's fine. Because this list is what speaks to me for my book.
Take a listen if you want. Let me know what you think. Share your own playlist if you want to. I love how music can spark the creative, in so many ways.
I was in the car yesterday on my way home from grocery shopping by myself. This is a rare occurrence, people. The only reason I was by myself was because earlier in the day, I had been at Publix and Megan lost one of her shoes, which I only realized as we were getting in the car to go pick up my husband. So I quickly asked a manager if she could keep an eye out for it and I'd be back later to pick it up. So, after calling later to make sure they had it, I returned to Publix to get said shoe, and to finish grocery shopping, since part of the reason we'd left was because Caleb was super sleepy.
On my way home, Phillips, Craig and Dean's "Revelation Song" came on the radio. Now, I typically actually criticize a lot of Christian music, because I feel that a lot of it - at least "mainstream" stuff that's heard on the radio - has become dry, redundant, and predictable. But there is something about this song that just gets me. Until yesterday, I couldn't explain what it was, though I'd tried.
At first, I thought maybe it was something about the chord progression, the instrumentation, the harmonies - all of which are amazing.
Yesterday, I realized it is because of the lyrics.
Worthy is the / Lamb who was slain Holy, Holy is He Sing a new song / to Him who sits on Heaven's mercy seat (x2) Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come With all creation I sing praise to the King of Kings You are my everything, And I will adore You.
What struck me as I listened and sang along yesterday (and progressively couldn't sing for crying in utter awe) was that these lyrics are timeless. They are both ancient and future. And they are made for the King of Kings and for Him alone.
In Isaiah 6, the prophet describes a heavenly encounter in which he gets the chance to see God, the Almighty. He says:
I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.2Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.3And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy , holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
And then, later - much much later - John describes the exact same scene in Revelation 4:
8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
It struck me that I was singing the same song that people and heavenly beings have been singing for thousands of years - since before the beginning of time. It filled me with utter joy and awe to be privileged enough - even if for a few moments - to join with the heavenly host in worshiping God Almighty in the same song. And I felt for a tiny bit like I was really a part of the whole hosts of saints throughout history, singing my awe and worship and honor to Jesus.
And I really think that this song will never cease to have that effect on me.