As the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, the days get longer and spring approaches, we start to wait in anticipation of warmer weather and sunshine. Being from California, I am not the least disappointed that winter seems to have been cut short this year. Oklahoma permits limited outdoor activity with cold winters (ok…not as cold as most states) and blazing hot summers (now this one is not an exaggeration), so every second of that perfect 75 degrees must be taken advantage of.
With the seasons changing, there is one thing that always seems to help with the ebb and flow of life and that, my friend, is music. In the words of Victor Hugo, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Now while most of the music I listen to does have words, the sentiment remains. Often time, music is a bridge connecting our thoughts and ideas to our hearts and emotions. When I’m at a loss for words, songs (instrumental or not) find a way to express what I’m feeling.
Music also contributes to one of our most basic needs – connection. Whether it’s connecting to another human being who understands what you’re going through or a time for you and your friends to dance around and be silly, music brings people together. As a Christian, it is easy to take advantage of service after service where worship is just another 20-minute ritual. But it’s during those special moments of worship, when one forgets about time and the to-do list, and just enjoys being with God. This is what music does: it helps us connect to our Savior.
So with music being such an integral part of life, I would like to share with you some of my favorites! And with spring at our fingertips, these are sure to brighten your days.
|| Spring Tunes ||
Brand New– Ben Rector One of my favorite artists to listen to in practically any mood. He cares about his lyrics, but tends to be on the lighter side, which is good for a Cali girl like me. This is probably his most famous song, but you can’t go wrong with anything Ben.
No Matter Where you Are – Us the Duo From their six-second vine videos to their first album in 2012, you cannot help but love these two. It was as if God created their voices for each other, and we are all so glad He did. To top it off, they have the cutest love story that is its own kind of fairy tale.
Steal My Girl– Hearts and Colors Yes, I did like 1D and may be currently obsessed with Nial Horan. And while their version of this song is fun to sing along with, this cover is a favorite. Enough chill for a relaxing drive and enough pop that it may get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I stumbled upon this band the other day, and can’t wait to see what they release in the future.
Hearts Content – Brandi Carlie I recently watched Safe Haven with some friends and was reminded of how much I loved the sound track. This song in particular is a personal favorite, but I encourage you to go download the album onto your Spotify for your next road trip or study sesh.
Something Beautiful – Tori Kelly My girl right here, now she knows how to brighten up a rainy day. Her pop/R&B embodies all things Cali and really makes you want to role down those windows and welcome that salty breeze. She paved her way into the industry and is making her mark while staying true to herself. All I want to know is when she is releasing another album!
Hope you enjoy these feel good artists! What are some of your favorites to welcome in the spring?