It amazes me the power that music has on our souls. As I was riding to work this morning I listened to the new Mumford & Sons album. I was amazed at how relaxing their music was. As I got closer to work one of the bonus tracks came on. Immediately it sent chills down my spine. Memories came swarming in and I literally pulled over to enjoy the rest of the song before going to work.
See, when I was young, my dad and I would drive down to Georgia and Florida every summer. 9-12 hours on the road just me and him. He would listen to Simon and Garfunkel the ENTIRE trip most times. Back then I thought it was annoying. Now that I'm older I appreciate EVERYTHING about those trips. The long scenic routes he would take to see the farmland and acres of green grass. The long twisting roads that never seemed to end.
All of those memories came back to me this morning as "The Boxer" came over my radio speakers. Mumford & Sons remade this song but they were able to keep the "feeling" of the song alive. For those few minutes this morning I was riding along the long country roads with my Daddy, headed to see my Grandma and taste her fried okra and peach cobbler. For those few minutes I was young again. I was able to feel a spark in my heart that I haven't felt in a long time.
We cannot hold onto moments forever, nor can we keep memories vivid in our minds. But music can help us enjoy those memories and moments that we just can't live without.
I hope you take a moment to enjoy the video I attached. It is the best I could find on the internet.
What song plays to your heart?