My brother played this song on the piano, at my father’s funeral.
“My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.
When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.
The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.”
I’m the kind of person who will hear a song and, before it’s finished, be in tears. I believe that music and song is the language of the soul. So when I was watching SYTYCD a few weeks ago, the combination of the beautiful movement of dance with a heart-wrenchingly honest song just about did me in me in.
The song “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, originally by Bonnie Raitt, was performed by Adelle who was also deeply moved by this song. Before singing, she said,
“This is one of my favorite songs ever…I just think it’s incredibly moving. It makes me really really happy, and really really devastated and depressed at the same time…it makes me think of my fondest and best times of my life, and it makes me think of the worst as well.”
I’d have to agree. I really hope you enjoy the dance+song video, and can feel the emotional roller coaster of difficult decisions, heartbreak, and ultimately doing what’s right.