Have you ever had a song in your head that you don’t like? You heard someone playing it loud on their radio, and the lyrics got stuck in your head? Like the flu, you end up catching the song, yet you hate it. And unfortunately it’s now stuck in your head against your will.
This happened to me concerning that song by Alicia Keys–Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart. I hate that song! I didn’t even recognize that it was Alicia Keys when I first heard it! It sounds so soulless and unlike her!! Double Yuck!
I wanted this song out of my head and so last night at work, it occured to me to pray. I prayed for the Lord to take it from me. God answers big and small prayers! Within minutes after praying, the Lord gave me a new song to think about: Bridge Over Troubled Water! I love this song and haven’t heard it in a while.
Paul Simon of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, wrote and recorded this now classic gospel song back in the 1960s. It’s such a powerful testimony of a friend’s sacrificial love and care. The song has been covered countless times, and these following versions are quite beautiful in their own distinct ways.
The Quincy Jones version is sung by Valerie Simpson, and her sweet voice fits The Q’s soaring orchestra perfectly!
The version by Anita Baker is so powerful!
Listen to Annie Lennox’s version–though she doesn’t have the powerful voice of Aretha or Whitney, her version is so powerful, because it’s heartfelt!
Roberta Flack’s version is so peaceful and beautiful and calming.
Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans harmonies sound so beautiful!
Need I say anything about Aretha?!
I think my favorite version is Paul Simon’s. There’s another version by Aaron Neville that I love so much, but couldn’t find it on Youtube.
Yes it worked perfectly to eradicate the other song. Whenever satan tries to force that other song into my head, I go quickly back to Bridge Over Troubled Water! This song is so beautiful, the lyrics, the melody, the chords played are all so complex and simple at the same time. This song, although it’s about 40 years old, is perfect for the times as we find ourselves in right now!