Music for Your Heart: Reflections from Your Favorite Songs

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Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days? Something about its tune or lyrics impacts us and holds our attention. Why? How did the song come to be? Why was it written? And what does the song really mean?

In Music for Your Heart, best-selling and award-winning author Ace Collins takes you behind the scenes of your favorite songs to show how the lyrics and music began. Through insider stories, artist bios, and inspiration from Scripture, Collins weaves stirring ...

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Overview

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days? Something about its tune or lyrics impacts us and holds our attention. Why? How did the song come to be? Why was it written? And what does the song really mean?

In Music for Your Heart, best-selling and award-winning author Ace Collins takes you behind the scenes of your favorite songs to show how the lyrics and music began. Through insider stories, artist bios, and inspiration from Scripture, Collins weaves stirring reflections on our adored and popular classics. Whether the featured song is a holiday carol, children’s worship tune, or love song, each short chapter will inspire curious music enthusiasts as well as those seeking a book for a devotional meditation. Digging deep into the words and history of the music, these uplifting and informative reflections will warm the heart—like the songs themselves.

Songs include:

Jesus Loves Me

You Are My Sunshine

How Great Thou Art

White Christmas

Amazing Grace

Sweet, Sweet Spirit

Blue Moon

Jingle Bells

You Raise Me Up

Deep and Wide

I Will Always Love You

Moon River

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426767272
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 699,523

Meet the Author

Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. Ace has authored more than sixty books for 25 different publishers that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, and children’s works, as well as books on history, culture, and faith. He also has been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special, and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace still resides in Arkansas and online at AceCollins.com.

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MUSIC for YOUR HEART

Reflections from Your Favorite Songs


By Ace Collins

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2013 Ace Collins
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-6727-2



CHAPTER 1

If You're Happy and You Know It


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Although you've never seen him, you love him. Even though you don't see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. —1 Peter 1:8


"If You're Happy and You Know It" is one of the first children's songs many kids learn in elementary school. The tune, which may have originated as a Latvian folk song, likely goes back almost two centuries. The melody is upbeat, incredibly catchy, and easy to learn. The song's lyrics, written in the first part of the twentieth century, were surely penned with children in mind. The repetitive words are a call to action requiring everything from the clapping of hands to the stomping of feet. To hear the tune almost always brings a smile, and when sung, "If You're Happy and You Know It" is a complete mood changer.

A recent poll found that a majority of young adults find Christians to be judgmental and unhappy. Being an unaccepting sourpuss is a great way to drive people away from anything. Few folks gravitate to someone whose face wears a frown or a scowl and who is always pointing fingers. Yet those who smile and laugh while parading through life with energy and expression usually lead a parade of people who want to catch what they have.

Countless times in the Scripture, we are told that believers are to be happy and worry-free. So why is that so hard for many in the church body to embrace? Perhaps it is because their hearts and minds are in the wrong place. They are dwelling on things they can't change rather than looking for ways to make an impact.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer chose to make an impact. He picked one of the toughest callings in the world. His life as a missionary in Africa was never easy. He had to win the trust of people who wondered if he was just like all the other Europeans who had exploited them in the past. Even when he cleared that hurdle, he lived without creature comforts for a half-century, spent years as a prisoner of war, had to rebuild his facilities several times, and had to make long treks through the jungle just to reach those he was trying to save. In spite of these hardships, Schweitzer always wore a huge smile on his face. When people asked how he could be so happy in the midst of such a tough, unforgiving life, he shared a very simple formula: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but I do know the only ones among you who will truly be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

If you are not drawing folks to the Lord, if you don't have others wanting to know what you have that they don't, then it might be time to look at two things. The first is your face in the mirror. Is there is a smile there? Does that image reflect happiness and joy? And second, where is your heart? Did you accept Christ as your Savior and just stop there? Maybe it is time you take a doctor's advice and get involved in serving others. Then perhaps your happiness will really show!
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Excerpted from MUSIC for YOUR HEART by Ace Collins. Copyright © 2013 Ace Collins. Excerpted by permission of Abingdon Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

1. If You're Happy and You Know It....................     1     

2. Jingle Bells....................     4     

3. White Christmas....................     7     

4. Amazing Grace....................     10     

5. I Will Always Love You....................     13     

6. You Are My Sunshine....................     16     

7. Jesus Loves Me....................     19     

8. Deep and Wide....................     22     

9. You Raise Me Up....................     25     

10. If I Can Dream....................     28     

11. She Loves You....................     31     

12. Moon River....................     34     

13. Blue Moon....................     37     

14. Stardust....................     40     

15. Yesterday....................     43     

16. I Write the Songs....................     46     

17. The Rose....................     49     

18. Hallelujah Chorus....................     52     

19. Blue Skies....................     55     

20. Over the Rainbow....................     58     

21. God Bless America....................     61     

22. In the Mood....................     64     

23. My Blue Heaven....................     67     

24. Home Sweet Home....................     70     

25. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes....................     73     

26. Auld Lang Syne....................     76     

27. Mona Lisa....................     79     

28. Tennessee Waltz....................     82     

29. When You Wish Upon a Star....................     85     

30. Secret Love....................     88     

31. Don't Be Cruel....................     91     

32. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry....................     94     

33. Bridge Over Troubled Waters....................     97     

34. I'll Be There....................     100     

35. I Can't Stop Loving You....................     103     

36. Can't Buy Me Love....................     106     

37. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head....................     109     

38. Battle Hymn of the Republic....................     112     

39. You're a Grand Ole Flag....................     115     

40. My Way....................     118     

41. Let It Be....................     121     

42. Can't Help Falling in Love with You....................     124     

43. I Believe....................     127     

44. God Only Knows....................     130     

45. Here Comes the Sun....................     133     

46. Tie a Yellow Ribbon....................     136     

47. As Time Goes By....................     139     

48. Give My Regards to Broadway....................     142     

49. His Eye Is On the Sparrow....................     145     

50. Silent Night....................     148     

51. I Walk the Line....................     151     

52. You Are So Beautiful to Me....................     154     

53. Midnight Train to Georgia....................     157     

54. Singing in the Rain....................     160     

55. We've Only Just Begun....................     163     

56. If I Had a Hammer....................     166     

57. Bicycle Built for Two....................     169     

58. In the Good Old Summertime....................     172     

59. Celebration....................     175     

60. What a Wonderful World....................     178     

61. Unforgettable....................     181     

62. You'll Never Walk Alone....................     184     

63. Love Me Tender....................     187     

64. This Little Light of Mine....................     190     

65. Everything Is Beautiful....................     193     

66. Jesus Loves the Little Children....................     196     

67. Happy Trails to You....................     199     

68. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands....................     202     

69. Down by the Riverside....................     205     

70. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot....................     208     

71. O Happy Day....................     211     

72. Amen....................     214     

73. Will the Circle Be Unbroken....................     217     

74. Let It Be Me....................     220     

75. How Great Thou Art....................     223     

76. To Dream the Impossible Dream....................     226     

77. Happy Birthday to You....................     229     

78. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah....................     232     

79. Turn! Turn! Turn!....................     235     

80. Lean on Me....................     238     

81. Top of the World....................     241     

82. Let There Be Peace on Earth....................     244     

83. I Saw the Light....................     247     

84. Sweet, Sweet Spirit....................     250     

85. Stand by Me....................     253     

86. We Are Family....................     256     

87. Unchained Melody....................     259     


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  • Posted September 27, 2013

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    Ace Collins in his new book, "Music For Your Heart" pu

    Ace Collins in his new book, "Music For Your Heart" published by Abingdon Press gives us Reflections from Your Favorite Songs .




    From the back cover: The stories behind the songs that stick in your mind and warm your heart




    Did you know that the classic song "Over The Rainbow" was almost cut from the final edit of "The Wizard Of Oz"? Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic", a song Abraham Lincoln called the most uplifting composition he had ever heard, was adapted from a depressing ballad frequently chanted by Civil War soldiers trudging home from battle. "Tie A Yellow Ribbon", which has become a patriotic anthem for military families, originally told the story of a wife's longing for her husband to return from prison, not war.




    Master storyteller and bestselling author Ace Collins takes you behind the lyrics and the notes to show you people, places and events that brought these songs into being. As you journey through faith, pop culture and history, you'll cross paths with Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and others. Their stories inspire stirring reflections on more than eighty of your adored classics, holiday carols, love songs and old-time hymns--songs that have come to mean so much to you and now will mean so much more.




    Ace Collins takes us on a journey through eighty-seven songs that we sing from old movies and radio hits. Each song has a verse before Mr. Collins begins that song's history. The stories tell us of the men and women who brought these wonderful songs to us and the story behind them. Some of these songs were birthed in great pain and sorrow and when we read these stories we are filled with a sense of awe of just how great a God we serve. Why? Because God tells us He sings over us so music is a vital part of any person's life especially when it can bring us closer to Him. I recommend reading this book slowly enjoying each story as Mr. Collins explains it. I think it increases the sense of wonder in each story that way.




    "Music For Your Heart" is a delightful gift to give to others to help them get a new sense of music n their lives. It helps to go back to our roots and fill our lungs with the songs that changed lives. I recommend it highly for everyone.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

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    It seems the more we love something the more we want to know mor

    It seems the more we love something the more we want to know more about their backgrounds. There are those that will be director's cut version of their favorite movies to dig into the details behind the making of the movie or even attend author signings of their favorite novels to know what motivated them to write that particular book that speaks to their soul. But even music has a history and a background to some of the songs we love but so few people really know their musical history behind the making of those songs that have become our personal favorites until now!

    Best selling author Ace Collins, takes a journey into the history of some of our favorite songs of all time. There are those beloved church hymns like Amazing Grace, Jesus Loves Me, and How Great Thou Art that Ace breaks down not only the meaning behind the songs but also some insight into how those songs impact our heart and soul through our relationship through Christ. There are such unforgettable classics like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I Write The Songs, Blue Skies, Yesterday and Stand by Me that show that even though we love them, most of the time we don't know what inspired the artists or songwriters to get them to the radio for us to love. For example, I Write the Songs, made famous by artist Barry Manilow, is a song that he didn't want to record because he thought people would think he was arrogant when you listen to the lyrics, but in fact the song is about God writing the songs that we see through His creations. In fact, after reading this book, I am convinced you will have a greater appreciation for the music you love.

    There are some great stories into some of the beloved Christmas classics like Jingle Bells, written for a Thanksgiving production and Bing Crosby's rendition of White Christmas that really was written to inspire soldiers who were going to war to help remember those things about home during Christmas. There are 87 songs that are detailed in their historical significance and the artists who made them popular but by far my favorite thing about this book is the thoughts Ace Collins shares to enhance our own lives such as the inspiration behind the song Tie A Yellow Ribbon. While the history of the song dates back to the significance of the yellow ribbons and war, the meaning can also represent the significance we take when we celebrate communion and the sacrifice that Christ made for us. This is retold so many times in the Bible to remember all the things that Lord has done for us, so we will not forget. Ace reminds us of that fact through the illustration of the song and it's history.

    I received Music for Your Heart: Reflections from Your Favorite Songs by Ace Collins, compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is simply a must have for music lovers and fans of music history. There is literally something for everyone in this wonderful collection of song history. Not only that but the messages about those songs through Ace's words will make you appreciate them so much more. It will definite change how you view those songs you find yourself singing over and over again in new ways! I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to pick up his Christmas Collection, Stories Behind the Best-Loved Christmas Songs!

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