Music Played17 items
Dolly Parton 9 To 5
Dolly Parton: The Ultimate Collection, BMG/RCA
Shawn Mullins Lullaby
(CD Single), Columbia
Josh Groban Brave
All That Echoes, Reprise, 1
The Robert Cray Band A Memo
(CD Single), Provogue Records, 1
Beverley Knight Twist & Shout (Live)
The Velvelettes Really Saying Something
Leaders Of The Pack (Various Artists, Polygram Tv, 5
Queen Another One Bites The Dust
The Game, Island, 3
Emilia Mitiku You're Not Right For Me
I Belong To You, Warner Bros, 1
The Beatles Blackbird
The White Album, Parlophone, 11
Dido No Freedom
(CD Single), RCA, 1
Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon
Dark Side Of The 80's (Various), Telstar
Madonna Into The Groove
(CD Single), Sire, 8
Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Hollywood Nights
(CD Single), Capitol
Michael Holliday The Story Of My Life
Unforgettable Lovesongs (Various Artists), Virgin
Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up
Andy Grammer, S-Curve, 1
Andy Williams Can't Get Used To Losing You
The Best Love Songs...Ever! (Various), Virgin
Kiera Phyo, Youth Director at an international development charity
My Granny is an inspiring person, she’s 91 and her house is covered with art... sketches, paintings, drawings, all crafted by her own hand.
As a young lady my Great-Grandfather didn’t think it was appropriate for her to paint... It was something she used to do in secret! It was not until Granny was in her later years that she was truly free to draw. It was like a love-affair; they took to each other with ease, as though the easel had been waiting all of Granny’s life for her to turn to it, and say ‘hello’.
There are times in life when obstacles, difficulties and restraints limit us. In one of my favorite Beatles songs, Paul McCartney encourages a blackbird to take “these broken wings and learn to fly”. At first glance this seems to be strange advice, however the message, is in fact quite beautiful.
The Beatles wrote this song Blackbird, in reaction to the 1960‘s American Civil Rights movement. The bird is symbolic of a black woman struggling for her rights against oppression. Paul McCartney said the song was an encouragement; an exhortation for her to keep trying, to keep faith and that there is hope.
Perhaps the Beatles were doing more than simply creating poetic lyrics - maybe they were onto something profound... that when our surroundings are full of difficulties or when we are shattered and almost defeated, it is not the end.
In the story of Jesus I find this same hope; that brokenness isn't the end of the tale. At one of Jesus’ most defining moments, instead of seeing glory and a triumph, we see someone vulnerable, beaten and persecuted.
The Beatles were describing a remarkable woman who was not waiting for life to be picture-perfect and resolved... She’s teaching me that my environment doesn’t need to have everything in the right place for me to find my moment in it. With that in mind I will turn to my easel, find my moment, and with these broken wings learn to fly! I will keep trying, keep the faith and find hope.