Resurrected Living
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Joy and The Lovin’ Spoonful

“A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Music can evoke many different feelings and emotions. A song may make a person feel happy, sad, angry, excited, etc. Music is powerful. God knows this, and this is why music is part of his plan. Songs are scattered throughout the Bible. The church sings when it comes together. There is music in heaven. Music is an eternal language that blesses us in multiple ways.

Because music is powerful, we should pay attention to the songs on our playlists. Why do we like them? How do they make us feel? What are they saying? It is always helpful to consider the three transcendentals. Is it good? Is it true? Is it beautiful? Something as simple as a song can make us feel better. It can produce joy within us, and as the writer of Proverbs tells us, this is good medicine.

Some artists sing sad songs, some artists sing happy songs, and some sing both. Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes we need to be reminded that life is short and we live in a broken world. We need the blues to help us cry out against all that is wrong in this world. More often, we need to be reminded that life is worth living and should be celebrated. There are blessings all around us if we will take the time to notice them.

A song in the morning can fill us with joy and gratitude. It can set us on the right path and cause us to appreciate life.

One band that evokes joy is The Lovin’ Spoonful. Some may not know them today, but their first seven singles made it into the top ten in the 1960s. What is worth paying attention to is some of the joyful and playful lyrics written by John Sebastian. Daydream, a song that influenced Paul McCartney and John Lennon, is an example of this. The song is a meditation on the blessing of family. Even though life is not perfect, we have been blessed with spouses and children that bring us joy. The person in the song chooses to focus on these blessings.

It also helps that the song has a joyful tune. For some, the words of the song are ingrained into our minds. It is catchy, and we cannot help but sing and be glad. For this reason, I love this new instrumental version from John Sebastian and Arlen Roth. Listen, whistle, and be joyful. It’s good medicine.

Listen to the new version of Daydream here.

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