SINGING TRANSCENDS CULTURES
Sing is the prompt for Five Minute Friday this week. Singing transcends all cultures and brings people together. I remember singing this chorus in my church when I was a teen. I don’t know who wrote it, but it was on the back of our small chorus book.
Sing when the day is bright
Sing thro’ the darkest night
Every day, all the way
Let us sing! Sing! Sing!
MUSIC SPEAKS TO ALL
There is something about music that transcends all cultures and peoples. Music can speak when you don’t know the language. And when singing isn’t possible, a smile also goes far to reach other people.
My sons love to listen to a *Japanese group and have many of their albums. They are learning the words, but even without knowing them they are drawn to this group. My youngest said he read the translation of some of the songs and found that they have hope in them. Somehow, he seemed to know that anyway, even before he read the words.
A song can brighten our spirits even when we don’t feel like singing.
I love to listen to music when I’m in the car whether alone or with others. When I’m alone, driving somewhere, I often put the music up loud and sing along. I’ve even been know to move a little with the music. It loosens me up and lifts my spirits.
SINGING TRANSCENDS CULTURES AND COMES IN MANY STYLES
I listen to a variety of music from Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard, Downhere, Tenth Avenue North, Michael Card, Fernando Ortega, Gungor, Switchfoot and many others. There is something about music and singing that reaches almost everyone.
*The Japanese group is MUCC. I’d like to share one of their popular songs called Yasashii Uta, which in English means Gentle Song. It sounds very upbeat and happy.
Below are a few of the lyrics translated into English. The whole translation can be found HERE.
The people who walk the streets, without change
With grim faces and a quick pace
Where are they walking off to?
What are they walking for?
Hey, please listen! Let’s stop and stand here just a bit longer.
Lalala lalala, we sing under totally different skies.
Everyone has a singing voice
Here and now, let it resound
With singing, you’ll be able to become just a little bit stronger. Let me hear it, your unique song.
We all have our own special song which is the unique story of our lives. May we let our praise ring out to our glorious Lord, who gives us life and hope and carries us through even the dark days.
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