Sunday, March 20, 2011

f|break: sunday morn

#love2011 + music ... @jeremypassion may not have known that after listening to the first 3 lines of his song stephanie, tears would stream. i thoughtfully listened to every track of the passion CD - saturday afternoon as i was driving to a friend's annual brunch/open house. and i had NO IDEA why i started tearing up and crying when i first heard this song yesterday.

after doing the obligatory google-stalking for my own curiosity, i found a few bits and pieces ... and because of those pieces, i am reminded of my dear friend, jengyee, and other dear friends. this morn's post - a little love project 2011 and a fiber break.

love2011 ... i have been participating in yvette francino's the love project 2011, which i also describe over here. (join any time!) with weekly assignments rooted in self-exploration of the concept, attributes, and actions of love, music can serve love well. i certainly can appreciate, as the listener, the expression of love through music that a songwriter and singer shares. and for that, i am grateful for jeremy writing and singing stephanie.

remembering jengyee ... after learning the back story of the song, i was immediately reminded of my connection to my friend jengyee. i shared a little about jengyee's charity and life during week 7 of the love project - kindness. stephanie is a young woman with lupus/rheumatoid arthritis; jengyee likewise had lupus for which she died at 25 years old.

although i am not yet sure why i had my immediate emotional reaction to jeremy's song (given i had no idea about the back story at the time), i do know that because of this song, i am reminded of my friends who have overcome pain and health issues, as well as those who have not or are certainly engaged in striving to beat the conventional odds. and i am thankful for knowing that music can touch my soul.
fiber break ... friday night i picked up passion, and when the last track, stephanie, came on, i was overcome with emotion. the tears started with the first 3 lines and just continued to move me. with a little google-stalking, i came across a clip of jeremy performing below.

enjoy this touching fiber break with jeremy (over here)
for ~6:38 min as he shares the the back story

she strums her guitar
the rosewood is stained with the tears from her eyes
her phone has twenty missed calls
she didn't realize she's been crying all night
she said she's too young
always rushed to get older
now she's running out of time
don't wanna believe the doctor's orders
just awhile ago things were fine

stephanie, beautiful beautiful stephanie
she smiles for the world though she knows that sometimes
life's not fair
oh stephanie, stronger than anyone thought she'd be
she closes her eyes, lifts her head to the skies
Lord are you there
are you there
are you there

she keeps a diary of all that she feels
and hides from the world all her pain
she's speaking to Jesus though she doesn't know
whether to trust or to blame
she faces a wall and just wants to get over
but her body is too tired to climb
rest in his arms and cry on his shoulders
the battle is not yours to fight..

stephanie, beautiful beautiful stephanie
she smiles for the world though she knows that sometimes
life's not fair
oh stephanie, stronger than anyone thought she'd be
she closes her eyes lifts her head to the skies
Lord are you there

i don't know the answers to all of my questions
why this had to happen to me
but my heart is trusting in you
can you set me free ...

stephanie, beautiful beautiful stephanie
she smiles for the world though she knows that sometimes
life's not fair
oh stephanie, stronger than anyone thought she'd be
she closes her eyes lifts her head to the skies
Lord are you there

i am here
i've been here
i'll never leave you, nor forsake you
i love you
i've been here
thanks for love and music ...

1 comment:

  1. Wow. That is really beautiful. Made me tear up, too. Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous song.

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