Category: music

Search Me

Before she kissed a girl and liked it. Before she was hot n cold. Before she bragged about California girls. Katy Perry was Katy Hudson. Katy Hudson was a singer/songwriter and daughter of pastors.

She released a humble album as a teenager. A Christian album at that, with some really deep insights woven into her lyrics. We can say what we want about whether not it any of it rooted down or transformed her heart, but one thing I am certain about after hearing this album is Katy Hudson spent time with the Lord.

She sang about trusting the Lord, growing pains, and the ‘monster’ inside of her. She sang about not being enough and needing Him to sustain her or that faith won’t fail her.

I’m not here to speculate what happened. I don’t even want to make the assumption that anything did happen. I have not met Katy Perry, I have no idea what she is like in real life. She has been a public figure for over a decade and has people she pays to portray an image of her that will sell more albums. I don’t want to make the lazy assumption that her public image is who she really is.

Instead, I want to talk about one of the songs from her Christian album, Search Me.

I was reminded of this song because of a recent sermon at my church. The message was on Psalm 139. In verse 23, David writes “Search me, O God, and know my heart!”

This is bold ask. Asking God, who is all-knowing and all-powerful, to search our heart. That is surrendering to God and allowing Him to penetrate your heart. He will find things that you won’t like, He will find things that you don’t want him to find, and He will find things you didn’t even know that was there.

This can be a painful process. But asking Him to “Search Me” can be a great comfort as well. Because we know that He will see us for who we are and who we can become. He will see past the masks and facades we put up and see the real us, and love us for who we really are.

So even if it’s scary, ask God to “Search Me.” In His search, He will be able to reveal the best you and mould you like a potter moulds the clay. Life transformation is never easy, but is always worth it.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!”

-Psalm 139:23-24

Penny Lane

Recently James Cordon had Paul McCartney on his show during a segment he calls Carpool Karaoke. If you’ve never seen them before, James Cordon (a late night host) will get famous musicians to “carpool” with him and they sing songs and have some time to chat as well.

Most are pretty straightforward and exactly what you would think. But there are a few where the guest is great and has good conversation as well as have fun while singing with James. Adele is one of my favorites as she and James had some “quality banter.”

But then, James had the man himself. Paul McCartney. If you haven’t seen it, below the video is embedded.

Paul is such a good genuine man. But then there is the music. There is something special about The Beatles. Their songs transcend genre. Their songs transcend generations. The Beatles hit a chord in hearts of everyone who has listened to their music.

In addition, watching this and seeing the people who get the privilege to meet Sir Paul, you can see how he and his music has changed their lives. You can tell that when they listen to Sir Paul or the Beatles that they want to sing along, they are flooded with the good memories those songs come with.

Not sure what I wanted to say or convey in this blog post other than Paul McCartney is truly a special musician. I wanted to share this video and a few thoughts about it, but it’s hard to put how music affects your heart and soul into words.

Just read a few of the comments in this video. Seeing this video moved people to tears. People say they would sell their first born to be in that pub with Sir Paul. Music affects us in a way that nothing else can.

James, I know you’ll never read this (haha), but you never have to make another Carpool Karaoke again. This is the best one you’ll ever do and none will ever be as good as this one.