Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Easter Story Told Through the Titles of Pop Songs

No other day in history carries the import of Easter Sunday.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a game-changer, a life-changer, a history-changer.  It's also a day of great rejoicing for all who know Christ.  So let's have some fun with the Easter story as a way of celebrating God's great victory.  I've thought through the story attaching the titles of popular songs to various dimensions of the story.  I hope that rather than finding this sacrilegious, you'll just enjoy a fresh way of hearing the story and have a little fun with it.

God's view of the story — Takin’ Care of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Angel and the stone that sealed the tomb — I Like to Move It (Will I. Am)

Residents of Jerusalem — I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet (Carole King)

Women thinking of Jesus on the way to the tomb — Can’t Get Used to Losing You (Andy Williams)

Jesus to the Father — You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

Jesus to Death — Enough’s Enough (Jamie Lidell)

Jesus for His people — Too Legit to Quit (M. C. Hammer)

The guards at the tomb — All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)

The angels to Mary Magdalene at the tomb — Tell Her About It (Billy Joel)

The room where the disciples were hiding out before they got news of the resurrection — Where the Boys Are (Connie Francis)  

Everyone’s reaction to the news of resurrection — Baby, What a Big Surprise (Chicago)

Jesus' followers initial reaction to the resurrected Christ — You Can't Do That (The Beatles)

The two on the road to Emmaus after the resurrected Christ broke the bread and gave it to them — I'm a Believer (The Monkees)

Jesus' mother — Proud Mary (Credence Clearwater Revival)

Jesus' followers as they spent time with Him and the reality of His resurrection began to sink in — Glad All Over (Dave Clark 5)

The religious leaders upon hearing the guard's report of what happened at the tomb — Ain't That A Kick in the Head (Dean Martin)

Religious leaders who told the guards to say that the disciples came in the night and stole Jesus' body — Liar (Three Dog Night)

The tomb — Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)

The resurrection story — Pretty Amazing Grace (Neil Diamond) and The Things We Do for Love (10cc)

Easter's impact on the calendar — Sunday Will Never Be the Same (Spanky and Our Gang)

Kind of fun, huh?  As you can tell, my song title choices reflect something of my age and my musical tastes—I'm pretty much lost in 60s and 70s music with a little bit of more contemporary stuff thrown in.  Your age and tastes may be different.  I imagine country music titles would open up whole new possibilities. Using your favorite music, what song titles would you use to tell the story? Please type your responses in the comment section or on the Facebook status where you're reading this.

Oh, and Happy Easter!  Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!  And that's worth singing about no matter how you do it.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a creative way to tell the Easter story! I like your song choices!