Listening to music together as a family is a strong relationship builder. This week, my teenage son, Ian, and I talked about Counting Stars. Like Wake Me Up, it has excellent vocals which are supported by good instrumentals. This song has a predominant upbeat and makes good use of pausing.
The lyrics are catchy and broad with a lot of room for putting your own positive spin on them. My son, Ian, hears: work hard to get where you want to be in life and to live life now instead of waiting to count money. I’m interested in the “right” and “wrong” paradox. I hear: much of what our culture tells us is right or important, isn’t. For example, we’re told the highest priority in life is to have a lot of money to count. For me, counting stars is a metaphor, or at least imagery, to look to the stars, to heaven, for what is right and life-giving.
Do yourself a favor and skip the authorized video. To be fair, I’m not a fan of music videos in general because I prefer to place my own images upon songs. But this video adds nothing to the song and may detract from it. I prefer to stick to the image of counting stars in a gorgeous Arizona sky on a crisp December night. Heavenly.
What songs are you listening to with your family?
Lessons learned ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc