Do You find music inspiring or motivating?

Music is a universal and very important part of society.

According to, music is “an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color“.

As an art form that touches our emotions, music can inspire and motivate.

I have various songs that motivate or inspire me. Some are based on my faith as a Christian. A good example would be, “Jesus, Lover of my Soul”, as sung by Darlene Zschech and the group from Hillsongs, in Australia.

Jesus, lover of my soul
Jesus, I will never let You go
You’ve taken me from the miry clay
You’ve set my feet upon the rock
And now i know

I love you, I need you
Though my world may fall
I’ll never let You go
My Savior, my closest Friend
I will worship you until the very end

Others are more well known popular pieces. A great example would be, “Hero”, as sung by Mariah Carey.

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

The above 2 songs helped keep me strong, and moving forward, when my life seemed to be at its lowest times about 5-8 years ago.

Another that I really just noticed today is, “A Moment Like This”, as sung by Kelly Clarkson. If we ignore the reference to “that one special kiss”, this song could also refer to many facets of life. Something you have searched for in your life, and you finally find it.

A moment like this
Some people wait a lifetime,
For a moment like this
Some people search forever,
For that one special kiss
Oh, I can’t believe it’s happening to me
Some people wait a lifetime,
For a moment like this

What is curious is the way I came across Kelly’s song. A number of “friends” on Facebook have used a FB app that tells you what song was # 1 on the day you were born. As I searched out the # 1 songs for various people in my family, I found that my first grandchild had Kelly’s song as the # 1 song on their birth date. I was curious and went and listened. I found I had an emotional response to the song. Like I should expect a breakthrough in a part of my life that has been lacking in victories. I will keep you up to date on that.

Do you have favourite songs that inspire or motivate you? Please share in the Comments section.

(note: does not seem to be an official video of the Hillsong video, although they have many of their other songs on Youtube.)