Posts tagged ‘Gospel in Music’

October 10, 2011


In college, I somehow developed a reputation of being “emo.”  Top 5 reasons why:

  1. I faced numerous, if not too many, instances where I would find myself chasing [insert name of a girl] and eventually being rejected by [said-girl].
  2. I would often observe, analyze, and reflect on many things on-the-spot, which is manifested as me staring off into space in deep, pensive thought, which is then misconstrued for me thinking about [an aforementioned girl in #1].
  3. Reason #2 was candidly caught on camera and uploaded as a picture on Facebook, and people would relentlessly caption and/or comment on the apparent “emo” pose I was in, further feeding the misconceived notion.
  4. A lot of my friends were emo (i.e. in an “emo ranking system” that extended down from the “emo god, emo king, and emo prince,” I was labeled as the “emo jester”).
  5. I would most likely be found with one of the guys mentioned in #4, in one of our rooms, playing our guitars and singing emo songs (which were most likely slow-rhythmed praise songs).

But the reason why I kept putting “emo” in quotations is because: a) the term itself is slang for a style of music associated with emotional lyrics and/or style; and, b) I don’t actually think I was “emo.”  Whenever somebody would call me that or label a picture tagged of me on Facebook as being that, I would almost automatically retort, “PENSIVE.”

I stumbled across a song the other day that could fall under this category of “emo.”  After listening to it a number of times (which is what I do for every new song I discover that I like, and not just “emo” songs), I quickly realized that this song was really enlightening in many ways.  The song is Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity”; it’s music video and lyrics can be found below.

Something always brings me back to you
It never takes too long
No matter what I say or do
I still feel you here ’til the moment I’m gone

You hold me without touch
You keep me without chains
I never wanted anything so much
Than to drown in your love and not feel your rain

You loved me ’cause I’m fragile
When I thought that I was strong
But you touch me for a little while
And all my fragile strength is gone 

Set me free, leave me be
I don’t wanna fall another moment into your gravity
Here I am and I stand so tall
I’m just the way I’m supposed to be
But you’re on to me and all over me

I live here on my knees
As I try to make you see
That you’re everything I think I need
Here on the ground

But you’re neither friend nor foe
Though I can’t seem to let you go
The one thing that I still know
Is that you’re keeping me down
You’re keeping me down

You’re on to me, on to me and all over
Something always brings me back to you
It never takes too long

– –

Gospel Connection:  If you read over the lyrics carefully, I believe what Sara has done is very artistically and aptly describe the human condition of sin.  In God’s relentless pursuit of us through the paradoxical reminder of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, and the ever-present reality of the Holy Spirit, we as humans can’t help but to feel a “gravity” towards the Gospel message.  Throughout the song there is this back-and-forth conversation within the human conscience that encaptures our need for the Transcendent and desire for the Self.  There’s only so much more I can say about how beautifully this song describes my views of sin, but I’ll let the words speak for themselves.  I don’t know if Sara Bareilles is Christian, but it sure sounds like she’s crying out for Jesus here.