“My life, it don’t count for nothing”

August 7, 2014

One of my all-time favorite albums is Iris DeMent’s My Life from 1993. Before I’d ever even heard DeMent, I went with a friend to see her in concert at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta when she was supporting that album. She blew me away with her voice. About two weeks after this experience, I heard a radio interview with country legend Merle Haggard, who said that he had recently heard this singer, Iris DeMent, and her album My Life, and “it was one of the best things I’ve ever heard.”

Me and Merle—two peas in a pod!

(Unfortunately, on her next album a couple of years later, some Nashville-hack producer tried to make her sound like every other contemporary country singer, and I lost interest.)

As I was reflecting just now on themes from the Disney-Pixar’s Up, the sermon about which I’ll post later today, I thought of this song. Our lives, which may seem at times as if they “count for nothing,” a “passing September that no one will recall,” are charged with meaning. As I said in my sermon, while we’re busy making other plans, God is busy making our lives a part of his plan.

I hope DeMent herself realizes this now.

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