Making Connections
1. Between the song’s story and our story (narrative)

Since songs tell stories they fit into the overall picture that we looked at under the issue of films – creation/fall/redemption/consummation.

Bruce Springsteen in an interview talked about how Rock music is about longing – always talking about the girl over there, or the party somewhere else.
The job of the rock band, he says, is to take them into their world.
The problem in this situation (the fall) is being apart from this desired person/event. The music is the redeemer as it takes us to the place we want to be. Springsteen’s claim is that Rock music expresses the longings, not only of the singer but the audience. There is a deliberate link between the songs story and our story.

Questions to ask:
What is the writer/singer longing for?
Where do they think they will find the answer?
How convincing are they?

Case Study:

Listen to and read the lyrics to Robbie Williams’ song ‘Sin, Sin, Sin’ – apply these questions to this song.

2. Between the song’s story and God’s story (meta-narrative)

Not only can songs connect us to the story of the singer, but we can also look at how the story connects with God’s bigger story (which may also be the express story of the singer).
Again there are some questions we can ask as we look to see how people answer the questions that are posed by this big story, and engage with them by presenting God’s alternative story – the true story.

Questions to ask:
What does the writer/singer think ‘the problem’ is?
Where do they think they will find the answer?
Where are the similarities/differences with the Bible’s story?

Case Study:

The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
Look at the lyrics to this song.
Identify what Whitney thinks the problem is and how she proposes to solve it.
How does this compare to what the Bible says the problem is?
Does the Bible give a different answer or the same answer?