I thought I'd take you for a trip down my memory lane, and introduce you to a couple of songs that always make me feel nostalgic. You can have a listen to the playlist at: https://goo.gl/otrH1W
So grab a cup of tea, light a couple of candles... Here we go...
1. I'VE FOUND A LOVE // BETHEL MUSIC
This song was played just before I got baptised on the 10th of November, 2013. I hadn't chosen it, but it totally fit with my testimony,
"I’ve found a love greater than life itself
I’ve found a hope stronger and nothing compares
I once was lost now I’m alive in You"
In early April, I was with a friend on Minehead beach at about 6am to watch the sunrise. She turned on this song and we worshipped as our toes froze in the sea and the golden sun rays began to arise
2. OCEANS // HILLSONG UNITED
Oceans reminds me of when I was in Romania for the first time. It was the only song that all the team knew. We sang it so many times to congregations, to kids and just to ourselves in team-worship time.
It also remind me of a time when I was around 13, and I was feeling really mentally down. I was sat on my own at a Church youth group. My knees were to my chest, with my head between them. This song was being beautifully played when my youth minister tapped my arm, held my hand to pull me up and walked me to where all the candles were lit by the cross. She put her arm around me and she sang as I cried. Then she said, "nobody sits on their own in the Kingdom of God"
I just find it a really powerful song, with really powerful lyrics
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"
3. CHASING CARS // SNOW PATROL
Now this story is going to sound weird, but I'm going to go for it anyway. When I was in Year 8 or 9 at school, the girls in my year and I had just got back inside the changing room after a fast-paced game of hockey on the field in the pouring rain. We were exhausted, hot and soaked through. So, what did we decide to do? Change out of the wet clothes? Nope... we lay on the floor singing,
"If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?"
I may be wrong, but I don't think that was the only time and place we sung that chorus with every breath in our lungs. I'm sure we once did it on the pitch in the pouring rain too...
4. DOWN IN A NOISY SMALL VALLEY // ISHMAEL
It is highly likely that you've never heard of this song, and it is highly likely that you wish to never hear it again; I feel you.
My mum, my younger brother and I used to love Ishmael as I grew up. My mum and I often sing the songs around the house still.
5. CAN'T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT // LEANN RIMES
Now, knowing that I'm 17 years old, you may say, "you're far too young to have any memories of this song", well, true and false. My mum always says to me when this song plays, "you used to love this song when you were newborn! I'd be up with you in the early hours of the morning and I'd switch on the music channel, and your eyes would be fixed to the screen, watching LeAnn Rimes dancing on the table".
6. SECRET FOR THE MAD // DODIE
The lyrics to this song are so hopeful. I've listened to it countless times when I've lost hope, when I've been given bad news, when I'm feeling zoned out. I adore it. "There will be a day when you can say you're okay, and mean it"
7. THE FLOOD // SOUL SURVIVOR 2013
This song takes me back to my first time at Soul Survivor, a Christian summer festival. I can see my 13-year-old-self awkwardly standing amongst thousands of other teenagers, all worshipping the same God.
8. GLORIOUS DAY // PASSION
This is a more recent song, so it carries a more recent memory. In September I went to Whitemoor Lakes to do a week of training with my Youth For Christ family. This is one of the songs we sang, and I can still see us all with hand high in the air, jumping around, singing our hearts out,
"You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day"
Those lyrics are just so powerful!
9. LION AND THE LAMB // BETHEL
This story probably isn't funny unless you're on the YFC Gap year, but I'll tell it anyway.
The lyrics to this song are actually,
"He's coming on the clouds, kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break, as broken hearts declare His praise
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He's roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb"
But we (those on the YFC Gap Year) once couldn't remember the words, so we just sort of mixed them altogether, and it's since been a running joke. Every time we sing it at church, I think of the wrong words. To me, the words are more like,
"Our God is a cloud, and Judah is coming
He's roaring with lions and fighting our knees"
10. FILLED WITH YOUR GLORY // HOUSEFIRES
Simply, this song just reminds me of summer. In the Summer of 2017, if I had earphones in then you could guarantee I was listening to House fires.
11. EU CRED IN VINDECARILE DIVINE // SPERANTA SI PRIETENII
I've been to Romania three times on mission, and I'm certain I've heard this song at some point. I can't remember whether it was at the Community Centre in team devotions, at a concert I went to, or in Church. I really like the lyrics,
"In His Name You Are Cured
In His Name You Can Be Forgiven
In His Name You Are Salvation
On His behalf you are happy"
12. THE 4 POINTS // THEBANDWITHNONAME
This song is so cringe, I know, but I really do love it! I was allowed to play music in ASDAN class in Year 11, and what got me through the last few months was getting on with work with this song blasting through my earphones. It can't not be on the list
13. SOLDIER // GAVIN DEGRAW
I love the lyrics of this song. A friend put it on in her car once when I was around 13, and it gives me the same feels every time. I love it.
14. HOW FAR WE'VE COME // MATCHBOX TWENTY
I first heard this song in the background of a fan-made video of Holby City (which at the age of 14 I was addicted to.... very cringe, I know). I just really liked it from there on in, and it takes me back to that age.
15. LORD, I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH // MATT MAHER
When I was 15, maybe, it was Easter Sunday and I stood on a little stage in black jeans, a white top and a yellow cardigan, singing this song in church.... with actions. This summer, I was in a worship team singing this song with the band, and my Youth Minister who had organised that dance and song many Easter's ago, stood at the back laughing and doing the actions.
16. IN TOO DEEP // SUM 41
I hear this song and I think of Cheaper By The Dozen, which is my favourite film ever!
17. THESE ARE THE DAYS // 10,000 MANIACS
see reason 16...
18. MOUNTAINS // LUCY SPRAGGAN
This is another one with no real story behind it, I just remember really liking it and overplaying it when I was about 14. I think at one point I even used the lyrics for my 'Skype' bio...
19. THE HAIRBRUSH SONG // VEGGIETALES
A lot like number 4, it's highly likely you'll hate this one. But, as a Christian kid that grew up through the early 2000's, this song couldn't not be on the list! If I went into my youthgroup now and began singing, "Oh where is my...." I'm certain I'd get multiple people singing the rest of the verse back to me
20. WITHOUT ME // EMINEM
When I was between 12 and 13, I went to a Youth group on a Thursday night. There was a Wii there and one of the only games we had was a karaoke game, and Eminem's 'Without Me' was one of the song options. To cut a long story short, unsurprisingly, the song got banned from the church youth group. However, it'll still an 'inside-joke' by a select few... if one person says "around the outside...." you can guarantee some will reply with, "around the outside, around the outside...."
21. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS // HANNAH MONTANA
C'mon... I'm a 17 year old girl, this had to be on the memory road list! I had the Hannah Montana lunch box, blanket, secret diary, little books, the wig! My big brother and I took it in turns to buy the CDs, we had the DVD!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and some of my music choices! Comment below some of your memory road songs.
Catch you later,