"The Song That Changed My Life" Reality Series Premieres on gmc
Like many music fans, it’s downright impossible to reflect on my life’s most significant moments without immediately remembering what song was playing in the background.
To wit, I’ll always associate Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” with breaking my femur bone when I was a mere four years old. Even without knowing who the artist was at the time, the signature thump-thump-thump of that bass line and Freddy Mercury’s raspy vocals just sounded like pain to me.
While Queen and “pain” may go hand in hand, much happier life events have also had their own soundtrack. The day I remember my faith really becoming my own, not just the faith of my father before me, I was listening to PFR’s “I Don’t Understand,” while Michael W. Smith’s “Place In This World” was the reassuring anthem that got me through high school when I feared I’d never fit in anywhere.
It was U2’s “The Sweetest Thing” that played after the love of my life, Will and I were officially proclaimed husband and wife, and Bono’s equally emotive delivery on “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” that reminded me how much I also missed my own dad. Even as I’m writing, hearing John Mayer’s “Why Georgia” as I type reminds me of walking across the 2nd Avenue bridge in Nashville, the city I called home for eight years after graduating from college.
When Love Takes You In
For the Pace family in Greenville, South Carolina, it was a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that forever changed their lives, namely “When Loves Takes You In,” a track that centers around adoption.
The Pace family already had three biological children – Kylie, Zach and Brody – but Shelley Pace didn’t think their family was quite complete. She had her heart set on adopting a little girl from China, but her husband, Chuck wasn’t quite on the same page. But in April of 2005 when he attended a Steven Curtis Chapman concert and saw the video for “When Love Takes You In,” he had a complete change of heart.
Like many international adoptions, it was a long process with several heartbreaking delays, but at the end of 2009, the adoption was finally moving forward. While waiting for the good news, the Pace family applied – and received – a grant from Show Hope, the Chapman family’s adoption ministry, to help with the costs.
Now on “The Song That Changed My Life,” gmc’s new reality series that will be seen Sunday, February 5 at 1:30 pm Eastern time, Chapman is “thrilled” to be part of the storyline.
“This show is about God’s power working through music,” Steven says. “gmc tells it so well, and I loved being part of this fantastic program.”
Songs That Rocked Your World
While we’re on the subject of songs that have made a difference in people’s lives, we decided to check in with a few gmc readers who have unique stories of their own. For Sue Keller of Duluth, Minn., Caedmon’s Call’s Share the Well album had many “layers of relevance” in a season where she had been unemployed for almost a year.
“It was a time of living on pure faith that God would provide and this album had that message in spades,” Sue remembers. “The song ‘All I Need (I Did Not Catch Her Name)’ captured the simple faith of a woman trying to raise eight boys in the poverty of India. She keeps saying how blessed she is because of her boys education, and her home, even though it's ‘bricks on a dirt floor.’ The message of simple gratitude in the midst of what some would deem suffering, resonated with me. It gave me hope and a strong desire to never forget those less fortunate. As a result, I began to give more to missions and perform community service in my neighborhood. Even now, the song still resonates with me as a simple song of praise and thanks.”
For Andrew Witten of Dallas, it was dc Talk’s artistic breakthrough “Jesus Freak” that encouraged him to pursue a bolder faith. Now serving as a missionary to the Sudan, Andrew says it was that song that motivated him to look outside of his own needs and interests and share the message of Christ with people who may not have an opportunity to hear otherwise.
“When you’re in high school, there’s nothing more than you want to fit in. You’ll do anything, play sports, wear the right clothes, even compromise what you believe to do it,” Andrew shares. “But when I first heard this song at a youth retreat, it got me thinking. What would my faith look like if I didn’t care about all of that? What if I was ‘sold out’ for Jesus, no matter the cost? And that’s what pushed my thinking in a new direction.”
A shift in perspective is also what drew Suzie Waltner of Franklin, Tenn., to the simple words of Twila Paris’s “Warrior is a Child.”
“Growing up in the church, I was surrounded by adults who, to me, seemed like people who had it all together and didn’t struggle in their Christian walks,” Suzie remembers. “The first time I heard Twila Paris’s ‘Warrior is a Child, it hit home to me that it was actually OK to have a bad day or to show your emotions when you were hurting.”
“The lyrics to this song are powerful and comforting at the same time,” Suzie continues. “We are in a war, we are going to get wounded, we are going to fall down. Even though we are soldiers in the war, we are also children of God. And children run to their daddy when they get injured, they cry when things are not going well or as planned, they look to their parents for approval and they need rest. It’s good to be reminded of this from time to time.”
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About the Writer
After graduating with a B.S. in Journalism from North Central University in 1998, Christa Banister moved from Minneapolis to Nashville, Tenn. and eventually started working at CCM Magazine/Salem Publishing in various editorial capacities as an editor, columnist and website guru for five and a half years. After that, she launched her own Dallas-based freelance writing company and writes for numerous clients including Salem Publishing, Crosswalk.com (she reviews movies for them each week), Christian Single, Christianity Today, Threads Media, Songs4Worship.com, PassAlong.com and also helped kickstart the first Christian music blog for MTV. In addition, she also writes bios for professional recording artists and authors and penned her first two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers for NavPress.
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