1. Mistakes We Knew We Were Making, by Mae
This is the theme song for Not Ready. We're always convinced in the face of a new adventure that the impossible can't touch us. We will not be played, we will not be a statistic.
We take the risks. We make all of the mistakes. What we forget is that in the end, someone always pays for it.
"Mistakes we knew we were making.
Mistakes we knew we were making.
Don't think about chances we're taking,
Don't think about rules we were breaking.
Mistakes we knew..."
2. Brick, by Ben Folds Five
This is the theme song for the Fathers.
They helped us into the situation. Whether they walked the distance with us, or let us clean it all up on our own, they have just as much of a voice as we do.
They feel the pain of loss.
They deserve to be heard.
I hope this story gave them a voice.
"As weeks went by
It showed that she was not fine.
They told me,
'Son, it's time to tell the truth,'
And she broke down. And I broke down.
'Cause I was tired of lying...
Yeah, she's alone. And I'm alone.
Now I know it.
She's a brick and I'm drownin' slowly."
3. Turn Your Eyes, by Lauren Daigle
The thing about ministry is it grows you just as much, if not more, as a leader. Alaina Magnussen knows Jesus, and she thought she trusted Him. Following Him should have been easy until He decided to purge the rest of the pain Alaina held within.
While this song was her warm-up for worship, it was also what God kept telling her through the darkest of days.
"O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free."
4. Youth, by Daughter
Willow was my favorite character. The psycho who owned up to every choice, even if the reasoning was poor, she didn't make excuses or apologies.
To be that black and white with your life, and still be standing, you have to be made out of some incredibly strong stuff. In a way, it made her more open to the gospel.
I love her and I hope you did, too.
"And if you're still breathing,
You're the lucky ones.
'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
Setting fire to our insides for fun.
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong."
5. Something More, by Ingrid Michaelson
Tawny Luther is the face of our youth today. She wants to be loved and supported by family and friends. Her story is like most out there: She was young and in love, her boyfriend was going to help raise their baby, but her mother disagreed. Her mother was the one to walk her into the clinic for the betterment of her future.
But Tawny, and others like her, never get the better.
"My love, I've broken you,
But you have broken me, too.
We've both got blood on our hands,
And I won't claim innocence."
6. When A Man Loves A Woman, by Percy Sledge
Brixton Doyle is a man who loves his wife. Being married was his dream realized and the next was going to be children. A whole happy family.
But what happens when your spouse changes her mind? Logically decides children aren't in the future right now?
How does a man fight for his dreams?
How does he fight for his family?
"When a man loves a woman,
Spend his very last dime
Trying to hold on to what he needs.
He'd give up all his comforts,
And sleep out in the rain,
If she said that's the way
It ought to be."
7. Make Up Your Mind, by Florence + The Machine
Carrie Waldera represents another percentage of our society. She's the woman who was guaranteed her pregnancy would end in a disabled child. Most doctors will recommend an end to the pregnancy for the betterment of the fetus.
Carrie and her husband believed them.
"Make up your mind,
Before I make it up for you.
I never thought that I'd be facing,
A sea that's bluer than the tide.
Now my knees are shaking,
And I can't look in your eyes."
8. Breakable, by Ingrid Michaelson
Miranda Reynolds worked her way out of the gutter. Through blood, sweat, and tears, she became a successful R.N. More than what her parents told her she would achieve. But what happens when your whole life is lived in survival mode and you can't see a way out? This is her song.
"Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts?
Just a cage of rib bones,
And other various parts.
So, it's fairly simple
To cut right through the mess,
And to stop the muscle
That makes us confess.
We are so fragile, and our cracking bones make noise, and we are just breakable, girls and boys."
9. Landscape, by Florence + The Machine
Ginevra Watts was raised by a strong, single mother who left her with a legacy: Get the education, the job and then the family. She spent her days hoping to empower women the same way her mother did for her, but what happens when following her mother's rules comes with a steep price?
"She can't see the landscape anymore.
It's all painted in her grief.
All of her history etched out at her feet."