Being the somewhat sheltered kid I was, I believe Home (by Phillip Phillips) was the first secular song I began constantly listening to. In fact, when I first heard it, I didn’t know if it was a good idea to listen to it because it wasn’t Christian and he even mentioned demons! (At the time I didn’t know that Phillip Phillips was a Christian, even though it doesn’t matter; the content of the song matters.) But I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved the harmony and the acoustic sound to it—it felt raw and real. That’s why I put it in the comfort category. Not only is it one of the few songs I still listen to that I listened to at age twelve, it also feels genuine and simple. It feels like a song you could play around a campfire. It reminds me of memories, of good times, of friendship, which can all be summed up in the idea of familiar home.

I love the lyrics and how, despite the circumstances and the unknown, any place can be made a home. My family recently switched home churches, which has been unfamiliar and strange, but this song reminds me that I can make this new church my home. It doesn’t mean things are going to come easy, but I’m “not alone” in my life. I can come back to this song time and time again, for any reason—bad day, good day, bored, feeling inspired—and take comfort in the beauty of the music and the simplicity of the lyrics. Unlike many modern, popular songs, this is genuine and real. There is great value and comfort in that.

 

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These 7 posts are from a school Psychology assignment in which I had to choose one song for each category (Friendship, Joy, Comfort, Knowledge, Religion, and Love) and write a reflection. Enjoy!

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