Music Moves Me: “Side by Side” by Jeff Wooden

Good morning friends and family. Before I embark on another possibly long workday, I wanted to talk to you all. It’s been a while since I did a Music Moves Me post. I can’t figure out why I didn’t share this one sooner. Several Saturdays ago, my friend David and I were having a Sabbath jam session. If memory serves me we even did a Facebook live, which didn’t get many views at first, but we were singing for God. That’s all that matters. My dad was aching a little that day and requested we sing for him in hopes of making him feel better. He was nice enough to record us. The song we sang in this video is a song near and dear to my heart called “Side by Side” by Jeff Wood.

The song makes me think of all the people who have come and gone or who are still present in my life- teachers, classmates, choir members, church members, friends, and family. My prayer is that all those people I’ve come to know I’ll see in God’s kingdom, should I make it there. Even if I just see a handful of those guys, that would just be okay with me because at least some will be there, and Christ most of all.

Hearing this song also makes me reminisce about what I call the “good ol Days” of church. Before my church split into 3 or 4, we were all worshiping under the same roof in a little church on a hill on 2nd Street in downtown Clarksville. What caused the split- I can’t say. I was too young to remember or know what was going on. Before then, I remember everyone loving, participating, and socializing with another. One of the songs we sung during our Adventist Youth Programs was this very song. The song was engrained in our minds..our hearts to where we didn’t need the hymnals. We would gather around in a circle(moreso an oval), join hands like those Who’s in Whoville, and sing this song from start to finish. When the lyrics “join hands together” hit, we all raised hands, still clasped with one another. If that isn’t a show of unity I don’t know what is. It makes me toasty inside just thinking about it. I wish church could be like that for often.

After hearing David and I sing, Dad said he was feeling a little bit better. Isn’t it beautiful how music can be as healing as any time of medicine? I see it every time in the residents at the nursing home me, my parents, and church members visit every second Saturday of the month. Each visit I see someone singing along with us with a smile on their face.

God Bless, and may you have a song in your heart. 🎤🎧🎼🎵🎶

By David Harris

I was born on January 31, 1992. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2015 with a B.S. My major was Communications, with a concentration in Print & Web Journalism. My minor was English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Writing is my passion. I’m a book lover. I prefer to to be called a Booklion rather than a bookworm. Why- lions are mightier.
My first love is Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No we are not a cult. We are Christians who worship on Saturday.
I have been stuttering since I was four, but through Christ I have persevered through it and will continue to do so. I’m not thing with Him.
Singing is another passion of mine. God blessed with me with the gift of song, which I am grateful for.

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