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This probably gives away my age, but who else remembers when Kelly Clarkson won American Idol clear back in 2002? I still remember her song ‘Because of You’ playing, and her so emotional and crying with such joy that she could barely sing after hearing her triumph. I’ve enjoyed her songs ever since, and now my daughters love listening to them with me as well. One thing I appreciate about much of her music is that her songs have a meaning, and in her new album ‘Meaning of Life’, there’s a couple that particularly stand out to me – maybe because of where my life is at right now, or maybe because it was written and presented so well in the music. Whatever the reason, today I wanted to ask you – What’s YOUR Meaning of Life?
As moms, I think our first response would often be ‘our family’. It makes total sense, since practically everything we do is for them. Now, don’t get me wrong that I think this is a WONDERFUL answer, but as I got thinking about it, I think there needs to be MORE to the answer. What about making yourself the best person you can be, and be happy? I think mixing family and that, and you’ve got what I personally believe the meaning of life is. To be happy, to continually work to becoming the best person I can, and my family. That, to me, is my meaning for life. Some days I may feel like the only meaning to my life is dishes or laundry, but you get the idea 🙂 Each of us may have a different answer, none of them wrong or better than others, but each special to us and our own lives.
Along those lines, one of Kelly’s new songs really sticks out to me – ‘Move You’. I listened to this several times in a row, really taking in the lyrics and enjoying the beautiful melody. First off, you can find and listen to it HERE so you know what I’m talking about. As the song goes on, as she’s giving examples of things that really do move people – “Like the thrill of Christmas morning”, “Like a soldier who is falling as he holds his country’s flag”, “Like a sunrise on a mountain” or (very fitting for this discussion) “When a lyric really gets you and it breaks you down inside” – think about times you may have experienced these different things, the emotions you had.
From small things (like a sunrise) to things so big we can’t begin to measure their impact (like the soldier), there’s so much in life to move us – and like Kelly says, I want to move you, too. Maybe not you individually (thought that would be great, too!) but I want to make an impact, and mostly in my own home for my family.
I want to move my children to be good people, want to move my husband by words and acts of love, and want to move those around me with service. I want to be a difference in the world, despite all the hate and anger and bad that seems to be filling it, I want to fill it with love. That’s what this song means to me, what the lyrics make me think and feel. That I want to move the world towards good and towards love and towards kindness and service to each other. To me, THAT is the meaning of life.
Going in a little different direction now, have you heard her new song “Love So Soft“? I’d heard this on the radio a bit with my girls, and not only loved the fun beat and tune to it, but was curious what my girls would think of this song. Lately, it seems like a LOT of songs on the radio are about heart break or sex or rough relationships. I asked my girls what they thought of the song, and they said they liked dancing and ‘rocking out’ to it. When I asked them what they thought it meant, their response was a pleasant surprise – ‘that love should be nice and not mean’. They’re 11, so this hit me hard and made me realize just how much they’re exposed to – because if this song helps them see love in a good, truly loving light, how many other things are making them not see it that way?
I agreed with them, and am grateful that Kelly’s sharing a song that – while not discussing directly loving kindly or gently – does convey that message through lines like “You gotta be careful with it” and especially “Will you protect me, respect me if I let you close?” We NEED more songs that make respect and loving protection the norm! This is part of what can help the world be better, in my opinion.
You can listen to Kelly’s new album here to enjoy not only these couple amazing songs, but the entire album! Now that I’ve shared with you my thoughts on two of Kelly’s new songs, I want to know…