I was talking to my daughter about preparing as a delegate to General Conference, and she said, “Dad, you need to make a breakup playlist.” Since music has always been the
first language of my soul, I immediately knew this was a good idea. It would be cathartic if nothing else. Here are a few that would be on my list – and some outside the hymnal and worship song charts:
Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen
This song is filled with happy, meaningless words uttered to block the pressure that comes when reality gets through and we notice families breaking apart, people in the streets, and the terror of knowing what the world is about. The answer to this “pretending” and “pressure” is found in that very “old fashion” word – LOVE. This love is hard because it dares us to care and to change, as the song says. I wonder if this is our “last dance,” or last chance, to give this witness.
What About Us – Pink
In my imagination, I hear this song as an anthem (fight song/lament/plea) from youth within the church to its leaders. Imagine “billions of beautiful hearts…children that need to be loved” who were willing “come when we call,” deliver this indictment: “And you sold us down the river too far.” “What about all the times you said you had the answers? What about love? What about trust? What about us? This song – this prophetic word – haunts me.
Say Something – Christina Aguilera
This song can also be heard from the perspective of children and youth singing to the church. The words ring in my ears – “I would have followed you. Say something, I’m giving up on you.” With such a plea how can we be silent…or only share “under pressure” words.
Dreaming with a Broken Heart – John Mayer
For me, the title says it all. I continue to dream of a church where there is room for all, a church that sees diverse perspectives as a blessing that helps us fulfill our calling to learn how to love one another. In reading the DCA and other legislation around proposals and protocols, I wonder, however, if I just need to wake up and realize that it really is “gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.”
The Heart of the Matter – Don Henley
This song keeps welling up in my soul. I encourage you to listen – and read the words. I invite you to join me in prayer that we would all open our hearts to the heart of the matter…
A Heartbreak Playlist
This started as a “breakup” playlist. In the process, it became more of a “heartbreak” playlist. I am reminded that God loves a broken and contrite heart. That’s the way love gets in – to the heart of the matter. What songs would you add? What if we developed a General Conference Playlist with songs meant to nurture broken hearts and cultivate softened hearts? I wonder if the Holy Spirit might work through that.