Music can change the world because it can change people.” ~ Bono, U2~

hope

The most significant memory I have of music playing a huge role in giving me hope was during my NYSC year in my one room in the small town of Kontagora. That period was probably the lowest point of my life and I had just started to recognise God’s love towards me and having a budding love for him too. I had a playlist of more than 100 gospel songs that were shuffled and on repeat for more than half the time.

Singing along to the songs reminded me that it wasn’t over, It couldn’t just be over. The songs gave me HOPE! I never understood the power of music until then. I believed. More than ever I am grateful that I wasn’t listening to the wrong music.

I am excited about the month of October and what God is set to do, despite my excitement doesn’t mean that I don’t have alot going on with me. The last couple of days has not exactly been the best but this time I decided not to wallow and get going and this strength and hope I got after I listened to a song by Kirk Franklin. Kirk Franklin’s songs feel like they are just tailored to give hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak. I discovered a few of his songs this week and I’ve been playing them ever since. However the song that has helped me is I Smile! I hope it encourages you too.

Here is the playlist of Kirk Franklin that i’ve been listening to.

“I Smile”

I dedicate this song to recession,
depression and unemployment.
This song’s for you.Today’s a new day, but there is no sunshine.
Nothing but clouds, and it’s dark in my heart
and it feels like a cold night.
Today’s a new day, where are my blue skies,
where is the love and the joy that you promised me
you tell me it’s alright.

(I’ll be honest with you)
I almost gave up, but a power that I can’t explain,
fell from heaven like a shower now.

(When I think how much better I’m gonna be when this is over)
I smile, even though I hurt see I smile,
I know God is working so I smile,
Even though I’ve been here for a while (what you do?)
I smile, smile..
it’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down.
Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile, so smile.

Today’s a new day, but there is no sunshine.
Nothing but clouds, and it’s dark in my heart,
and it feels like a cold night.
Today’s a new day, but tell me where are my blue skies,
where is the love and the joy that you promised me
you tell me it’s alright.

(the truth is)
I almost gave up, but a power that I can’t explain (the holy ghost power, yo)
fell from heaven like a shower now.

I smile, even though I hurt see I smile,
I know God is working so I smile,
Even though I’ve been here for a while
I smile, smile..
it’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down.
Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile.

Smile.. for me
Can you just smile… for me.
Smile.. for me
Can you just smile… for me.

ohohoh you look so much better when you
ohohoh you look so much better when you
ohohoh you look so much better when you
ohohoh you look so much better when you
ohohoh you look so much better when you
(and while your waiting)
ohohoh you look so much better when you
(and while your praying)
ohohoh you look so much better when you
(look in the mirror)
ohohoh you look so much better when you
(always remember)
You look so much better when you smile

I almost gave up, but a power that I can’t explain (but the holy ghost power, yo)
fell from heaven like a shower now.

I smile, even though I hurt see I smile,
I know God is working so I smile,
Even though I’ve been here for a while
I smile, smile..
it’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down.
Sure would hate to see you give up now.
You look so much better when you smile.
so smile.

ohohoh (Dallas) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (New Orleans) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (Clevland) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (Detroit) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (Philay) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (Jersey) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (L.A) you look so much better when you
ohohoh (all my people say) you look so much better when you
smile…

See I just don’t want you to be happy
’cause you gotta have something happening.
I want you to have joy
’cause can’t nobody take that away from you.
I see you.. SMILE!!

How has music influenced your life? 

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Written by Arike