Outside of writing, music and theatre are two of my absolute favorite things.
That being said, it’s not surprising that I gravitate towards any TV series that includes singing and dancing, even if it’s done randomly in the middle of a street or a hallway. I watched Smash when it was on NBC. I love ABC’s Nashville. I also admit to being a 30-something who watches Glee on FOX.
During last week’s Glee episode, current and former McKinley High students gathered to perform a show favorite: “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. And I loved it just as much as I did the first time I heard Journey perform the song.
I think the piano, guitar riffs, and impassioned singing simply fill me with hope.
All I do is hear one note and I hold on to that “feelin'” former lead singer and lyricist Steve Perry wrote about.
Maybe it’s because that “feelin'”, and the search for it, is universal.
Back in 2010, Perry gave an interview on the British radio station Planet Rock , and said:
“Personally, it’s something that means a lot to me… Everybody has emotional issues and problems, and the song has helped me personally to not give up, and I’m finding a lot of people feel that.”
Like many of us, the people in the song try to cope with their problems by using temporary fixes like running away, throwing themselves into work, gambling their lives away, or offering their company to the first available person. The song later refers to them as “streetlight people, living just to find emotion.”
I think that can mean we are in darkness by nature and can’t see our way alone. We always have this unconscious yearning to go out on our own and find what will make us happy in the moment, but there’s always a lot of stumbling and impulsiveness in the dark. However, some of us, at different points, find that shining light and get the chance to walk into it. And we should hold onto the belief in its existence.
I have no idea if this is really the meaning Steve Perry intended for his lyrics, but I find comfort in it because I see God in it, and connect to it through pieces of His Word.
I was the small town girl who tried to escape her past to find the light, and those who could connect with her there in that place. As a result, I found myself in places I didn’t need to be, trying to fill that void.
That is…until I realized God was the light for me.
I found a place of unyielding joy when I read about how God is love, Jesus is the way, and that love covers a multitude of sins for those who are able to accept Him as their savior.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.”
(1 John 1:7)
Now that’s something I find worth “believin'” in.