I’m one of those people who allows a song to take me on a journey. I’ve been on this planet for almost four decades, and there are a handful of bands and musicians who have permanent places in my heart because their music is the soundtrack of my life. These include the Annie soundtrack, Disco Mickey Mouse, New Kids on the Block, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks (not Chris Gaines), Point of Grace, Michael Buble, Amos Lee, Mumford & Sons and the entire Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Christmas album.
And now there’s a new one to add to the list.
I remember hearing about NEEDTOBREATHE years ago. I enjoyed them for the most part, but I really didn’t pay attention to their work until they were featured on my beloved Hart of Dixie. You know a band is doing something right when their song is able to pull my focus from this handsome fella:
I have never whipped out Shazam on my phone as fast as I did that day. These lyrics flew over Wade Kinsella’s head and through my TV:
Long live the heart
Love live the soul
That knows what it wants
It was exactly what I needed to hear at that exact moment. The song is called “The Heart” and is my 2014 theme song. I dare you not to sing along when you hear it. May I also recommend “Multiplied,” “Wasteland” and “Difference Maker” from their Rivers in the Wasteland album.
Pay careful attention to the lyrics. They are deeper than you think.