Something you might not know about me: I love music.
Growing up in a musical household, we were constantly surrounded by good music, courtesy of Dad. Sting, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, Sade, Chicago, Elvis Presley (courtesy of Mom), The Police, Toto, Bruce Hornsby, Stevie Wonder, and the Beatles were all frequent guests in our home.
When I was little, I would listen to music every night as I fell asleep. I always picked jazz, usually Diana Krall’s album “All For You – A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio”. I thought I was so sophisticated for an 8 year old.
The older I got, the more my tastes changed as I discovered new genres and artists. I really don’t prefer a specific genre over another because I have a great respect for many different types of music. However, I DO have a favorite artist.
I discovered Walk The Moon in high school and I’ve been a big fan ever since. But their most recent album, “Talking Is Hard” impacted me the most.
Maybe it’s just me, but do you have moments or phases in life that are marked by certain songs? Maybe you were in the car, or at a concert, or one day you decided to really listen to the lyrics and you were like – “Oh my gosh. They’re talking about me.”
So far, I feel like my 20s have been especially fraught with moments that are full of music and meaning. I’ve always been a word nerd, so I pay really close attention to the lyrics of a song.
“Portugal” by Walk The Moon is one such song. (Disclaimer: Not EVERY SINGLE WORD in this song is relatable, so keep that in mind.)
Really, what struck me the most is the overarching theme of the songs on this album. They’re written to lift people up and bring some fun and happiness into a world that’s anything but. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good, moody song that will put me in my feels more than anyone. And no one loves Jesus music more than me. I have plenty of playlists for that. But I think their album dedication speaks for itself:
“This music is about YOU. Using an ancient scientific process (WORK + TIME + HEART), we have done everything we can to make sure you have the freaking time of your life listening to this record. On the day you win it all, on the day things couldn’t any get worse, crank it. May it give you strength & unbreakable hope. May it kindle wild ideas and empower you to make them real. May you turn all the NOs into big blazing YESes.” (*all rights go to Walk The Moon band*)
What a rad bunch of humans.
Last October, I had the immense honor of seeing them in concert at ACL Fest and it was the best day ever. It was hotter than the devil (because TEXAS), but you better believe I sang every word and danced my heart out. My brother was probably super embarrassed, but whatever. I know he had fun, too. Everybody did.
I think it’s so cool that no matter who you are or where you come from, music has a way of connecting people. And what speaks to you won’t necessarily speak to everyone else, but that doesn’t negate the power of it. It’s a God thing, guys. Just think of what powerful worship music can do to unite hearts, encourage, remind, and bring us closer to the One who gave us the gift of music in the first place?
So whether you need some good background music, something to hit you right in the feels, or simply a good road trip jam, you should give WTM a try. They’re pretty cool.
And if we’re being totally honest, talking IS hard. So let’s just listen to music instead.