Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.--Victor Hugo
Friday, December 7, 2007
Song of Adoption
Contemporary Christian artist, Mark Schultz, has got to be my favorite songwriter at the moment. He captures the listener's very soul with his storytelling songs. He is a seasoned artist who just began his claim to fame in 2001, but acquired much experience from holding position as youth pastor at his local church. He states that young people connect to storytelling so he began putting music with his stories. Schultz has already made it to #1 on numerous music charts, Christian and secular.
I'd like to point out that "Everything To Me" by Mark Schultz is getting a wide range of attention and not much less of a response from mothers who have given their children up for adoption. Mark, who collaborated with Cindy Morgan (another incredible songwriter) for this song, was himself adopted and not only writes this song from experience, but also draws from the experiences of mothers who have had to make this tortuous decision to give up their baby. After having a baby of my own, I could never imagine the anguish at having to give him up. At a concert, there was a very young mother who had already made an appointment to have an abortion the following week. She had no means to care for the baby and falsely believed this was her only option. However, after she heard this song that embraced that growing life within her, she canceled that fatal date and decided to give her baby to a family trying to adopt. I can't tell you how this song has moved me (Don't expect to not cry if you watch it. I cried my eyes out.).
Lyrics: I must have felt your tears When they took me from your arms I’m sure I must have heard you say goodbye Lonely and afraid had you made a big mistake Could an ocean even hold the tears you cried
But you had dreams for me You wanted the best for me And you made the only choice you could that night
(Chorus) You gave life to me A brand new world to see Like playing baseball in the yard with dad at night Mom reading Goodnight Moon And praying in my room So if you worry if your choice was right You gave me up but you gave everything to me
And if I saw you on the street Would you know that it was me And would your eyes be blue or green like mine Would we share a warm embrace Would you know me in your heart Or would you smile and let me walk on by Knowing you had dreams for me You wanted the best for me And I hope that you’d be proud of who I am
(Chorus) You gave life to me A chance to find my dreams And a chance to fall in love You should have seen her shining face On our wedding day Oh is this the dream you had in mind When you gave me up You gave everything to me
And when I see you there Watching from heaven’s gates Into your arms I’m gonna run And when you look in my eyes You can see my whole life See who I was And who I’ve become
Feel free to go to his website and listen to this song: markschultzmusic.com/nationaladoptionmonth.htm. How about you... do you know a child given up for adoption, or a mother who had to give her baby up? Maybe you were that individual: mother/child. I am neither but felt the full impact of the decision this mother had to make by listening to these words put to the power of music. To me it speaks of life and not death; of hope and not despair, of forgiveness and not shame and guilt. How does this song speak to you?
With a total of 5 projects out, some of my favorites of his are: "Remember Me," "I Have Been There," "Letters from war," "He's My Son," "Walking Her Home," "Back in His Arms Again," "Broken and Beautiful."