Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music. The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme. (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along). Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:
Songs that are spiritual. In anyway. To you, about something spiritual, you decide.
I was raised as a dress-up each Sunday and go to church Presbyterian. Even on vacations, we still went to my grandmother’s church. Then I went to a small-town Southern Baptist college, with Religion courses required and attendance at a certain number of services or convocations each semester. The final class I took was World Religions, where I got the intellectual basis outside the faith I was raised in. Throughout all this, I never really connected with spirituality.
Then, living in Asia did more for my personal faith than twenty years in church, Sunday school and confirmation classes. In my spare time, I took temple tours of whatever country I happened to be in. It was there that I first began to feel what faith felt like.
Though my views have changed and become more internalized, when I think of spiritual music, I’m always pulled back to the church. I tried to avoid the classic hymns, except for the last one.
1. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban.
2. His Eye is on the Sparrow – Lauryn Hill and CeCe Winans.
3. Maybe God Is Trying to Tell You Something – The Color Purple.
4. Halleluah – k.d. lang
5. How Great Thou Art – Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires. This one was my grandmother’s favorite song and I had to include it for her.