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Groovy Sunday Jams: Favorite Bill Withers’ songs

I grew up listening to the music of my father. That means Otis Redding, Al Green, Percy Sledge, and of course, Michael Jackson. Later on, I’ll adopt Ben E. King (The Drifters) and Bill Withers as favorites. They don’t make voices like these anymore. Mr. Withers passed away on March 30, 2020, from heart complications, but his golden voice lives on through his music.Β 

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Bill served in the army for 9 years. During this time, he overcame his stutter and got into songwriting and singing. These are my favorite songs from him:

Lovely Day

This timeless masterpiece will always be a favorite of mine! Bill’s voice and ridiculous note holding towards the end (almost 19 seconds!) of the song grabbed my intention when I first heard it. This song helped me through some bad times and I knew God was talking to me, telling me that I should be more appreciative of the days He has gifted me with for no matter how many challenges I face, I’ll always have Him by my side (which brings me to the other song below). It’s the perfect song for a Sunday morning.Β 

Worship Jesus and every day will be a lovely day.Β 

 

Lean On Me

This song always brings a smile to my face. It also reminds me of another favorite song of mine, “Will You Be There” by MJ. God didn’t create us to be alone. We’re meant to be in communication with others (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). The central focus of this song is friendship and putting away pride when it comes to asking for help for at some point in our lives, we might just need help and it’s okay to ask for it because one day, I might be the one who needs someone to be there for me.Β 

In these trying times, we need someone to lean on. We can always count on and lean on Jesus no matter how difficult a trial we might be facing.

 

BONUS: Ain’t No Sunshine

It’s not exactly an upbeat song, but I love Bill’s voice on this track. This was the song that made me recognize Bill. The lyrics are there for interpretation, but it seems like it’s about an older man in love with a younger woman. I don’t exactly like cover songs, but if it’s done right, I’ll appreciate it and I did just that when I heard MJ’s version.

There’ll be always sunshine even if it’s dark and gloomy if we walk with the Sun of Righteousness.Β 

 

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away

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Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone, Bill Withers. Thank you for all of the lovely days and the good music.

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Spend quality time with your children

Staying with songs that deal with or reflect on the parental relationship, here’s another one that can make your heart weep. In this song, the singer ponders over time spent with his little boy, which was next to nothing for work was more important. He missed the important milestones in his son’s life including his first words and when he first learned to walk.

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The dad was so busy that he couldn’t spare time to spend with his son. Eventually, his son grew up, became a man and had his own family, and what do you know? He wants to spend time with his son, but the son is too busy to even see him and thus, the singer muses that his son ended up becoming just like him. Some people think the last verse has nothing to do with the way the son grew up. Looking at it from another angle, I think the son grew up resenting his father for not spending enough time with him and he vowed not to be that kind of father when he has children of his own. But in doing so, he is in danger of ending up like his father, so the singer is right when he said his son became just like him.Β 

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This song can hit right in the feels. It’s a cautionary tale about spending time with your children and not taking it for granted, for before we know it, time flies, and no amount of money could ever buy it back.Β 

What I must say is genius though, is the usage of nursery rhymes during the chorus. The son is represented by “the cats in the cradle” (he’s at home) and the father is the “silver spoon” (he’s away making the money for the bills to be paid). The distance between the father and the son is analogized in “little boy blue and the man on the moon”.

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My son turned ten just the other day
He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw, I said, not today
I got a lot to do, he said, that’s okay
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed
It said, I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him

Parents are the first role models for children so be good ones for them to emulate. Also, quality time is very important.

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Tell them you love them while they’re yet alive.

“The Living Years” by Mike + the Mechanics is one of those songs that always make me stop and reflect on all my relationships across the board especially the ones with my parents for we’re to honor and love them all the days of our lives (Exodus 20:12). This song has been on my heart lately. I first heard it when I was younger and it made me upset, angry, and sad for whatever reason. I guess I was going through emotions back then, but as an adult, I understand it better now.

This song explores regret when our parents have passed on and why we should have a relationship with them while they’re yet alive. We ought to listen and not just speak. Life is too short to harbor grudges, to point fingers and for misunderstandings. The song is full of so much love and so much regret that it’s super emotional, but not in an over the top way. The singer grieves his way through this song that it’s impossible for it to not tug at the heartstrings.

Don’t leave things unsaid. Let people know you care. Let them know you love them. Hold your loved ones a little longer. Kiss them and bless them. This song made me appreciate my loved ones even more than I could’ve understood back then.

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I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

In relation to this topic, please see T.R.’s poem Dont let my death be the reason.

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Song Sunday: God alone

You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

Nehemiah 9:6

God is the universe’s Creator and Sustainer.

God and God alone can do all things. God and God alone can wash us clean making us white as snow. God and God alone know our hearts. God and God alone hold the keys to our future.

This song always brings back pleasant childhood memories. It’s very profound and Steve’s voice is perfect for it. The majesty of God is beautifully expressed. It serves as a reminder that we find our greatest fulfillment, joy, and contentment when we fully submit ourselves to Him.Β 

To God be the glory. Continually praise Him and thank Him for creating everything we call our own for He ALONE is worthy of our praise so keep ascribing them to Him.

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God and God alone created all these things we call our own
From the mighty to the small the Glory in them all is
God’s and God’s alone

Let everything that lives reserve it’s truest praise for God and God alone

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Song Sunday: When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

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The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

1 Peter 4:7

Time is at hand.

During communion service at church yesterday, Pastor reminded the congregation that if we’re willing to change we have to let go and allow God to work our lives. He has a plan and timing for each one of us and He wants to create in us a new transformation. The view that we have of life has been contaminated, but Jesus wants to restore us for the burden of His heart is our redemption. Once we give over our leadership to Jesus, everything would be all right.

Here are some things to think about:Β Are you ready for the Second Coming? Are you ready to meet our Lord and Savior face to face? Is your name in the Book of Life? Are you willing to change for the better? Then go to God in prayer and pray about it. Ask Him to guide your life. Trust Him by placing your life in His hands. He’ll take good care of you.Β 

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,

And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

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When the roll, is called up yon-der
When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there